Saturday, June 14, 2014

FactCheck faults Tom Cotton's latest attack on Mark Pryor

Posted By on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 6:48 AM

click to enlarge TOEING LINES: Tom Cotton does it more often than Mark Pryor, FactCheck.org says.
  • TOEING LINES: Tom Cotton does it more often than Mark Pryor, FactCheck.org says.
FactCheck.org takes apart Tom Cotton's latest ad attack on Sen. Mark Pryor which depicts Pryor as a stooge for President Obama.

Tom Cotton accuses Sen. Mark Pryor of “toeing the line” for President Obama and the Democratic Party, claiming Pryor voted with them 90 percent of the time. But the party unity figure is wrong (it’s actually 80 percent), and the presidential support figure, although accurate, shows Pryor voted against Obama more than any other Senate Democrat.

Cotton goes on to say in the ad that he’ll “stand up to President Obama and my own party when I have to.” We cannot predict the future, but when it came to toeing the party line in the House, Cotton’s voting was actually more reliably Republican than Pryor’s was reliably Democratic. According to CQ Weekly, Cotton voted in accordance with his party 97 percent of the time last year.

So who's toeing a line? And if you could compare Tom Cotton's record with that of the Club for Growth I'd guess it would be pretty close to 100 percent.

FactCheck delves into specifics. For example:

Last year, Pryor opposed the president on gun regulations, immigration issues, loosening restrictions of transfers from Gitmo and one judicial nominee.

As dishonest as the Cotton ad is, it's also based on an assessment tool that is faulty to begin with, the Pryor campaign notes.

What the article doesn't delve into, but still should be noted, is that the presidential support score cited in Cotton's ad is based on an arbitrary fraction of the total votes cast by a Senator. 

The Obama-Pryor connection is also the theme of the American Crossroads "spelling bee" ad, a so-called independent effort that, by sheer coincidence, echoes the Cotton campaign.

Tags: , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • 2nd Amendment meets the 1st in Fayetteville on campus carry

    They've had a forum in Fayetteville today on Rep. Charlie Collins' fervent desire to force more pistol-packing people onto the campus at the University of Arkansas (and every other college in Arkansas.) He got an earful from opponents.
    • Jan 20, 2017
  • Reality TV: Watching burglary live in LR

    A home surveillance system helped a Pinnacle Valley home owner get photos, but not immediately catch, burglars who stole two firearms Wednesday morning.
    • Jan 20, 2017
  • The Trump open line.

    Here's your open line. I hear there's a new president.
    • Jan 20, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Pork and more

    Some notes on disparate topics before I take a vacation break.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation