This marks the seventh debate invitation that Cotton has accepted during his campaign for U.S. Senate.
Senator Pryor has until Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. to accept or decline the invitation from KARK-TV. The debate would be broadcast statewide on all of the Nexstar Broadcasting stations and reach approximately 1.5 million households.
Unlike the only other head-to-head debate that Senator Pryor has accepted, the KARK-TV debate would not have any topic limitations. Senator Pryor spcifically rejected the inclusion of foreign policy in a debate proposal from the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. His campaign tried to deny that fact, but was exposed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette after emails were released showing the Pryor campaign specifically rejected any discussion of foreign policy in the debate.
[Q]uestions linger about why Rep. Tom Cotton’s campaign — after months of bluster — still hasn’t agreed to participate in the longstanding tradition of debating before AETN’s statewide television audience.
Earlier this year, Cotton and his campaign crowed repeatedly to the media about their willingness to debate anytime, anywhere and in any format. Hearing the offer, Pryor agreed in July to two statewide televised debates, and he has remained eager to meet Cotton at both venues to discuss the issues most important to Arkansans.
The Oct. 14 debate sponsored by Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce will feature both candidates squaring off head-to-head for one hour on domestic policy issues. The longer AETN debate in Conway, which Cotton has yet to accept, will include third-party candidates and cover both foreign and domestic policy questions, as determined by a panel of three Arkansas journalists and veteran moderator Steve Barnes.