Congressman Tom Cotton talked about the threat facing America yesterday on Meet the Press:
“We have to recognize we are still in a global war against radical Islamic jihadists. And the President, by his policies and by the words of senior officials in his Administration, are removing us from a war footing and putting us back into a law enforcement model. Five terrorists have reached their targets under Barack Obama's administration. All five of those were promptly given the Miranda warnings and treated like common criminals,” said Cotton.
“The core point is that jihadists around the world don't attack us for the actions we take. They attack us for who we are. We are freedom's home and we are freedom's defender. It didn't take Guantanamo Bay, it didn't take drones to knock down those towers on 9/11. If we grounded every drone, if we closed Guantanamo Bay they'd find another pretext to attack us.”
According to Virginia-based trade publication Politico: "The Weekly Standard, the flagship publication for national security conservatives, has obsessively promoted [Congressman Tom] Cotton’s speeches and campaign activities." (Which might only be considered obsessive if one didn't compare our coverage of Cotton to Politico's coverage of the White House Correspondents Dinner.) Nevertheless, we don't want to disappoint our friends at Politico, so here's a link to their profile of Cotton:
Freshman Republican congressman Tom Cotton may have only served in Congress for a few months, but conservative groups are already considering him for a 2014 Senate run in his native Arkansas against vulnerable Democrat Mark Pryor. The Washington Post reports on a new poll showing Cotton, an Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, leading Pryor by eight points:
As conservatives wrestle with the question of their movement’s commitment to national security, one young war veteran made the case for a strong national defense and Ronald Reagan’s entreaty that America pursue “peace through strength.” Speaking Thursday morning at CPAC, freshman congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas tried directly to appeal to those conservatives wary and weary of American wars against radical Islamic terrorists.
Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas released the following statement to mark the death of Hugo Chavez:
“Sic semper tyrannis.
“After the welcome news of Hugo Chavez’s death, I hope that the oppressed people of Venezuela will be able to live in freedom, not under miserable tyranny. I look forward to working in the House to promote a free, democratic, and pro-American government in Venezuela.”
Tom Cotton, the congressman-elect from Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District, writes in today's Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obamam should not pick Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense:
Arkansas Democrat Gene Jeffress, who is running for Congress in Arkansas's Fourth District, offered a strange story about health care reform at a recent campaign stop. The video, picked up by Caleb Howe at RedState, contains some offensive language from Jeffress, who suggests that Republican opposition to universal health care is racist. Watch it below: