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.

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