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3:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Senate Hopeful Cotton Defends Vote Against Farm Bill

Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton on Tuesday defended his vote against the farm bill, saying the measure didn't do enough to cut food stamps. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says his GOP rival ignored Arkansas' farmers with his vote.

Speaking at a daylong candidate forum held by the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Cotton said the nearly $100 billion-a-year legislation didn't do enough for the state's farmers and should have included more reforms to cut food stamps' costs.

Cotton was the only member of the state's congressional delegation to vote against the bill earlier this year.

Pryor criticized Cotton for the vote in a short pre-recorded video shown to the group.

The group was hearing from candidates for the state's top offices throughout the day.