by Max Brantley
U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton is releasing a new 30-second television ad this morning. The new spot, titled "At Ease," features Cotton engaged in a dialogue with his former drill sergeant George Norton.The new Cotton ad can be viewed here.
Speaking to the camera, Cotton references criticism he has received from Senator Pryor, who said Cotton felt "a sense of entitlement" because of his military service. Pryor has not retracted or apologized for his remarks. Pryor's "entitlement" remarks drew a swift rebuke from several media outlets including The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the hosts of Morning Joe on MSNBC, where the comments were originally aired.
Cotton's former drill sergeant George Norton said: "From the first day of boot camp, I knew Tom Cotton was a hard worker who demonstrates the values of integrity and selfless leadership that we teach in the Army. No one who's ever met Tom would get the idea that he felt 'entitled' to anything. Tom always put the unit ahead of himself, and he was an excellent soldier. I'm confident he'll be an excellent U.S. Senator as well."
Cotton said: "I didn't learn a 'sense of entitlement' growing up on my family's cattle farm in Yell County, where I was taught that most things in life come through hard work and determination. And I certainly didn't learn a 'sense of entitlement' in the Army, where I was taught the values of duty, honor, teamwork, and leadership. Those are the values I plan to take to the U.S. Senate if the voters of Arkansas choose me to be their next Senator."