U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton,
the extremist Republican, was all over the news yesterday with an endorsement, Chamber of Commerce appearance and a rare open press event (well, semi-open, he didn't invite us but we attended anyway).
Today is his opponent's turn. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor
will do a volunteer shift at the Fayetteville Senior Center to help serve meals on wheels. And then he'll talk about issues.
What issues? Uh, how about programs for the elderly, such as Medicare?
Said a Pryor release:
In Congress, Cotton voted against funding for Meals On Wheels, a vital program that helps feed older Arkansans unable leave their home or cook for themselves.
Cotton was also the only congressman from Arkansas — Republican or Democrat — to vote to raise the age for Medicare and Social Security to 70, cuts benefits for both programs and turn Medicare into a voucher system run by insurance companies. Cotton has said he supports privatizing Social Security.
Cotton has a spin that it's actually Pryor who wants to cut Medicare. That's a distortion of the issue. Cotton's votes for radical Republican budget proposals — a consistent reflection of his belief in reducing government, even if it means painful costs — are indelible. And they, particularly as to Medicare, make up one of two defining issues in this race. The other is that swarthy Muslim from Kenya who lives in the big house on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Oh, and there's probably a third issue — personality.
Pryor's latest ad, above, works on the elderly issues and injects a little folksy personality, too.