4th District Debate Turns to Campaign Funds

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press  on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 7:47 am  

"I hope Mr. Cotton will educate us on how many months he will serve before he decides to run against Sen. Pryor," he said, referring to Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

Cotton brushed off Tullis' criticism.

"Bobby, thank you for conceding the race to me. I'm sure than Gene and Josh have something to say about that, though," said Cotton, who announced his candidacy the day Ross said he wouldn't run.

Cotton certainly has the advantage when it comes to fundraising. He has raised nearly $2 million and is backed by prominent Republicans, including U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Tea Party Express.

Jeffress, meanwhile, points to his cash-strapped operation as a badge of honor.

"I have not received one penny from the National Democratic Party. Did you hear that? One penny," he said.

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