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Democrats Take the Low Road

Going all-negative, all the time against Tom Cotton.

Sep 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48 • By FRED BARNES
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John Goodson, a prominent Democrat from Texarkana, is a friend of Pryor and his father, David Pryor, a one-term governor and senator for 18 years. Goodson serves on the University of Arkansas board of trustees with the elder Pryor. He says the Pryors are “fine men.”

But the “people of Arkansas have changed a little to the Republican way of life,” he says. Obama has “hurt the Democratic party .  .  . and that’s got to be tough to turn around.” Goodson supports Cotton and thinks he’ll win. “What’s made the race as close as it is,” he says, are the Democratic ads against Cotton.

Yet Mark Pryor is hardly a lightning rod. Several of his TV commercials are personal. With his father at his side, he endorses two health care provisions without mentioning that they’re part of Obamacare. In another ad, he holds up a Bible.

“I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God and I believe in His word,” he says. “This is my compass, my North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas. I’m Mark Pryor and I approve this message because this is who I am and what I believe.”

He hasn’t revealed if it was the Bible that led him to accuse Tom Cotton of leaving Arkansas vulnerable to the Ebola virus.

Fred Barnes is an executive editor at The Weekly Standard.

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