In Arkansas, the race between Tom Cotton (R) and Mark Pryor (D) is still a toss-up. Putting this Senate seat in the hands of a pro-life, pro-family, and pro-freedom Senator is key for the future of our country.
For this reason, the CatholicVote political research team has been watching the Senate race in Arkansas closely. We believe the choice is clear: Tom Cotton is the right choice for U.S. Senate.
We created a simple side-by-side candidate comparison flyer for your reference. At the top, we compare Tom Cotton and Mark Pryor on issues like abortion that involve an intrinsic evil. On such issues, all Catholics should vote as a united front. Below this, we have included other issues that voters should consider, like education and health care, though Catholics are free to disagree about the best ways to approach them.
When it comes to the issues that matter to Catholics, Tom Cotton is the obvious choice. He needs your vote on November 4th.
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Tom Cotton is pro-life. He voted against taxpayer funding of abortions in the House of Representatives. Source: Congressional Voting Database
Mark Pryor does not believe unborn children have a right to life. He voted against Amendment No. 4335 in the Senate, which would stop unaccompanied minors from crossing state lines to obtain abortions. Source: Senate Voting Records
Tom Cotton supported the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act in the House of Representatives. He believes marriage is a union of one man and one woman. Source: Congressional Voting Record
Mark Pryor claims to support marriage as a union of one man and one woman, but he voted against a federal marriage amendment in 2006. Source: Senate Voting Record
The HHS mandate is a policy where the federal government forces employers to pay for abortion pills and other morally objectionable services. The United States Senate on March 1, 2012, rejected the Blunt Amendment which would have restored the religious liberty rights of all Americans who objected to being forced to pay for abortion pills. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby case in June 2014.
Tom Cotton believes the HHS Mandate violates religious freedom. Source: Washington Post
Mark Pryor voted against the Blunt Amendment in the Senate, which would have protected our First Amendment right to religious freedom. Source: Senate Voting Record
Tom Cotton is outspokenly opposed to Obamacare. “President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, is a job-killer, a health-care disaster, and an assault on liberty. I will fight to repeal and replace ObamaCare with free-market reforms that empower patients and doctors to make health-care decisions.” Source: Cotton for Senate campaign website
Mark Pryor voted for the passage of Obamacare in the Senate. Source: Senate Voting Record
Tom Cotton co-sponsored H.R.476 in the House of Representatives, which would increase state and local control over education. Source: Congressional Voting Record
Mark Pryor advocates for greater federal intervention in Arkansas’ education system, taking important educational decisions away from parents and teachers. He voted against providing vouchers for low-income students in Washington, D.C. Source: Senate Voting Record