In Senate Race, Pryor To Talk Jobs, Cotton Launches Bus Tour

Aug 7, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is traveling to a Hot Springs water company to talk about jobs legislation he's proposed and to call for the reauthorization of the Export-Import bank.

Meanwhile his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, is launching a bus tour around Arkansas to promote his bid to unseat Pryor.

Pryor planned to talk Thursday about his "American-Made Strong" package of bills he's introduced that are aimed at boosting job growth. Pryor is visiting Mountain Valley Spring Water in Hot Springs.

He also planned to talk about the Export-Import Bank, which provides loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to overseas buyers of U.S. goods. The bank's charter expires in September.

Cotton on Thursday is starting his "Arkansas First" tour with a stop at a fundraiser at Cajun's Wharf in Little Rock.

For the tour, Cotton is campaigning around the state in an RV covered with an oversized campaign logo. Cotton's campaign the RV's stops this week will also include Conway, Hot Springs Village, Magnolia, Crossett, Clarksville, Fort Smith, Hope, Camden, Hampton and Monticello.

Cotton is a freshman congressman representing south Arkansas' 4th Congressional District. Pryor was first elected to the Senate in 2002. The race is one of the closely watched in the country, with the candidates and outside groups having spent nearly $18 million.