Pryor invokes Ebola outbreak in new TV ad

A new ad in the senate race is creating waves of controversy again.

The new Mark Pryor campaign ad opens with a montage of news clips about the Ebola virus that has spread across West Africa and killed hundreds. From there, the ad attacks Republican Tom Cotton for "voting against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola". Specifically, the ad claims he voted to cut money from the Medical Disaster and Emergency program.

Cotton did vote against House Bill 307 in January 2013, known as the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Re-authorization Act, but he then voted FOR an amended version of the bill that eventually became law.

Cotton Campaign spokesman David Ray responded by saying in a statement, "Senator Pryor's desperation is comical." Ray goes on to make a comedic attempt of his own, saying Pryor "wants Arkansans to believe Tom Cotton is responsible for everything from Ebola to crabgrass and male pattern baldness."