- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton is accusing Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of being weak on national security, as the vote to arm and train Syrian rebels battling brutal Islamic State militants steered foreign policy into their nationally watched race.

Cotton, the freshman congressman hoping to unseat Pryor in November, accused Pryor of being inconsistent on arming Syrian rebels and cited Pryor’s earlier vote against doing so. Both Cotton and Pryor voted this week to give the president authority to train and arm Syrian rebels in legislation that was signed into law Friday.

Cotton called Pryor a “weak and unsteady voice” on national security issues.

Pryor has said he voted for Thursday’s measure because it included safeguard and oversight measures. His campaign accused Cotton of “kneejerk politics” and misleading voters.

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