Arkansas House Panel Endorses Sen. Cotton Presidential Bill

Mar 18, 2015

Arkansas' freshman senator who wrote a letter to Iran's leaders during nuclear negotiations could seek re-election and the White House in 2020 under a bill endorsed by a state House committee.

The State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced the bill in a voice vote Wednesday. It would allow U.S. Senate and congressional candidates to also appear on the ballot as presidential or vice presidential candidates.

The bill's sponsor has said U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton helped inspire the proposal. It now heads to the House.

Cotton hasn't publicly expressed an interest in running for president. His office hasn't returned requests for comment.

Cotton received national attention earlier this month after he and 46 fellow GOP senators sent a letter to Iran warning that any nuclear deal could be later nullified.