Arkansas Bill Would Pave Way For Tom Cotton White House Bid In 2020

Mar 10, 2015

Tom Cotton, speaking to Republican supporters in October.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is barely into his third month in office, but a lawmaker in his home state of Arkansas wants to let the freshman Republican run for re-election and the White House in 2020.

A bill advanced by a state Senate committee Tuesday would allow congressional and U.S. Senate candidates in Arkansas also appear on the ballot as presidential or vice presidential candidates. The majority-GOP Senate could consider the bill Wednesday.

Republican State Sen. Bart Hester, who is proposing the change, cited Cotton as the type of candidate he'd like to have the opportunity to run for both offices.

Cotton recently led a group that penned an open letter criticizing negotiations with Iran over access to nuclear material.

His office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.