Update (March 6):
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A day after comments from Sen. Mark Pryor about the challenger in his reelection bid, Rep. Tom Cotton has some words of his own for the incumbent.
Cotton appeared today on Fox and Friends and responded to Pryor's statement that Cotton feels entitled to the senate seat.
Watch the video below to hear what Cotton had to say:
Meanwhile, Pryor sent us this response:
"Of course I’m grateful for Congressman Cotton's service, but this campaign is about two very different records in Congress and it’s Cotton’s irresponsible votes against Medicare, Social Security and affordable student loans that matter most to Arkansas voters. He can play misleading political gotcha games all he wants; I’ll keep working hard for veterans."
Original story (March 5):
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A national GOP group says comments made by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas), on the qualifications of his opponent are "offensive" to military members.
Pryor, a two-term Democrat in a tight reelection race, responded to a question from NBC News' Kasie Hunt on whether two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan by his opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), was a qualification for the Senate.
"No. There's a lot of people in the Senate that didn't serve in the military," Pryor says. "In the Senate we have all kinds of different people, all kinds of different folks who come from different backgrounds."
"And I think that's part of this sense of entitlement, that he gives off, that almost is like, I served my country, therefore let me into the senate. That's not the way it works in Arkansas."
The National Republican Senatorial Committee called the comments "offensive" and the Arkansas GOP said it would respond later Wednesday.
The comments were made as part of a more than three minute recorded piece that aired on MSNBC on Wednesday for the segment "States of Play
", which highlights key 2014 races.