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Jump the Shark Moment for Pryor Campaign

2:14 PM, Aug 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The latest attack ad from the Mark Pryor campaign is, well, absurd. Here's Politico's description of the 30-second spot: "Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is citing the recent scare over the Ebola virus in a new attack ad against his GOP opponent, the first mention of America’s preparedness for a possible pandemic in a 2014 political advertisement."

The spot, aimed at Rep. Tom Cotton, seizes on Cotton’s votes for budget cuts that the Pryor camp says slashed funding for “medical disaster and emergency programs.”

“Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola,” a male narrator says ominously, after a series of news clips about the spread of the disease through Africa.

Does Pryor believe Arkansas is Africa? Does he actually think Arkansans relate to ebola? And that they're fearful of a coming epidemic? 

It's easy to imagine a rebuttal from Cotton: Just state all that Pryor and his party have done to open the border to anyone, including people with dangerous infectious diseases. That might pretty much settle the issue for Arkansas voters

But, on the other hand, the Cotton camp is probably so gleeful Pryor's gone up with this absurd attack ad that they might just sit back and enjoy the Saturday Night Live-like show.

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