Romney casts Arkansas race as way to fight Obama

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Mitt Romney is casting Arkansas' high-profile Senate race as a way to stop the agenda of the president who defeated him two years ago, as he backs Congressman Tom Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Romney on Thursday praised Cotton and said the Senate race is attracting attention because it provides a chance to stop President Barack Obama's policies. Cotton is a freshman congressman representing south Arkansas. Pryor is a two-term senator and the only Democrat in the state's congressional delegation.

Romney spoke to reporters after headlining a pair of fundraisers for Cotton. Romney carried Arkansas with more than 60 percent of the vote in his unsuccessful White House bid in 2012.

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