First Debate Between Pryor and Cotton Set For October

Sep 11, 2014

Pryor and Cotton Arriving at Welspun Tubular in Little Rock. Summer 2014.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

After months of debating about having debates both Republican Tom Cotton and Democrat Mark Pryor have agreed to a televised, live debate in Fayetteville October 14th. The two candidates for U.S. Senate will talk about domestic issues for one-hour from the University of Arkansas campus. There will be no discussion of foreign policy. That's something the Cotton campaign has expressed dissatisfaction with.

The debate between Pryor and Cotton is the only debate scheduled so far in the closely contested, nationally watched race. Pryor is regularly listed as among the most vulnerable Democrats in the mid-term election by a wide spectrum of political analysts. The contest could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics will serve as moderator with three television station anchors asking questions. KATV will broadcast the debate in central Arkansas.

Green Party candidate Mark Swaney and Libertarian Nathan LaFrance were not invited to the debate in Fayetteville. They have been invited to an October debate hosted by Arkansas Educational Television Network. Congressman Cotton has not agreed to the AETN debate.