- Associated Press - Saturday, July 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton on Saturday announced the formation of a group of military veterans called Veterans for Cotton who support him in his race for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Cotton told about two dozen veterans at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial outside the state Capitol in Little Rock that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy has failed and noted troubles with veteran’s health care at Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics.

“As a U.S. Army veteran, I will always be a voice for Arkansas’s 250,000 veterans and their families. I firmly believe the U.S. Senate needs more men and women who have served in the military, not less.”

Pryor campaign spokesman Erik Dorey, while praising Cotton’s military service, said Cotton voted to reduce military pensions.

“While Mark has introduced and passed into law measures to expand benefits for those who serve our country, Congressman Cotton has yet to offer a single bill aimed at helping veterans,” Dorey said.

The Cotton campaign said Veterans for Cotton will make phone calls, distribute yard sign, go door-to-door and support Cotton through social media and to civic groups,

The two campaigns and outside groups have spent millions on the race, which is being watched closely nationally because Republicans need a net gain of six seats in November to capture majority control of the Senate.

Top-tier GOP targets are the Republican-leaning Southern states - Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina - where Obama is unpopular and incumbent Democratic senators are struggling to hold onto their seats

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