Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is using the first television advertisement in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor to criticize the incumbent senator over the federal health care law.
Cotton's campaign on Saturday began airing a 30-second television spot in the Little Rock area accusing Pryor of exempting Congress from the federal health care law. Pryor's campaign on Monday called the claim "blatantly false."
The debate centers on a part of the 2010 law that requires members of Congress and their staff to purchase insurance through the exchanges set up under the overhaul.The federal government has proposed that it continue paying the employer contribution it currently makes for them.
Cotton's campaign said it purchased nearly $68,000 of air time to run the ad over the next week.