Candidates For U.S. Senate To Finally Faceoff In Debates

Oct 13, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton

After a year-and-a-half of attack ads and press releases, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, will debate on the same stage twice this week: first on Monday in a debate sponsored by AETN, and then on Tuesday in Fayetteville in a debate that will be broadcast on the state’s ABC stations across Arkansas and CSPAN nationwide.

AETN will host debates involving candidates for the other major statewide and congressional offices over the course of this week. The AETN Senate debate will be held at Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas at 2 p.m. Monday. It will be live streamed at AETN’s website,, and then broadcast on AETN at 8 p.m. Libertarian Party candidate Nathan LaFrance and Green Party candidate Mark Swaney also will participate.

Pryor and Cotton will debate again at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville’s Global Campus. The 60-minute debate will be broadcast live on KATV,, KAIT in Jonesboro and KHBS/KHOG in Northwest Arkansas. The event is sponsored by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Talk Business & Politics Editor-in-Chief Roby Brock will moderate the Fayetteville debate.

AETN’s U.S. Senate and governor’s debates will be 90 minutes. The rest of the debates for other offices will be 60 minute. Third party candidates will participate. Steve Barnes, journalist and host of AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” will host. Admission is free and will be on a first-come, first-served basis, but audience reaction will not be permitted.