WASHINGTON – Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton enlisted the help of his former drill sergeant to vouch for his character in a new campaign ad that will air across Arkansas for at least a week.
The 30-second spot focuses on a month-old statement from Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., in which he suggested Cotton’s military service had given him a sense of entitlement to run for Senate.
Former Army Sgt. George Norton said no one who has met Cotton would get the idea that he felt entitled to anything.
“From the first day of boot camp, I knew Tom Cotton was a hard worker who demonstrates the values of integrity and selfless leadership that we teach in the Army,” Norton said.
During an interview in early March, Pryor suggested that Cotton believes his military service entitled him to run for Senate.
“I think that’s part of that sense of entitlement that he gives off is that, almost like, ‘I served my country, let me into the Senate,’ ” Pryor said.
Arkansas Republicans were quick to demand an apology but Pryor has stood by his statement.
The Cotton campaign has spent at least $100,000 on the ad buy, according to spokesman David Ray.
It can also be viewed on the Internet at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB-y5RdFCik&feature=youtu.be