- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor released a pair of television ads Wednesday knocking his Republican challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, for supporting a “reckless agenda” on Capitol Hill.

In the ads, two women — Linda and Courtney — air their concerns about Mr. Cotton’s record on Medicare and the negative affect it could have on their families.

“Retirement is just around the corner for us,” Linda says in one of the 30-second spots that will run statewide. “That’s why I was so concerned when I  read Congressman Cotton voted to change Medicare into a voucher system. Cotton’s plan would allow insurance companies to increase rates, cut benefits and cost seniors thousands more each year.”

Mr. Pryor is fighting for his political life and is thought to be one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats heading into the 2014 elections.

The commercials highlight Mr. Cotton’s support for Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which narrowly passed the House last year on a largely party-line vote and served as a blueprint for the GOP’s priorities for the next decade.

The budget would have reached “balance” over that time, in part by overhauling Medicare.

Jeff Weaver, campaign manager for Pryor’s re-election bid, said that the stories from people like Linda and Court send clear message to Mr. Cotton: “Arkansans don’t want your Medicare schemes.”

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