Ebola has now become a campaign issue, at least in Arkansas.
In that state's competitive Senate race, incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor is taking aim at Republican Tom Cotton for his congressional votes on federal funding.
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"Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics for outbreaks like Ebola," the narrator in the Pryor TV ad states.
Adds another voice in the ad: "Congressman Cotton voted to cut billions from our nation's medical disaster and emergency programs."
More: "He was the only Arkansas congressman to vote this way."
This is the first TV ad we've seen this cycle in which a campaign has invoked the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Cotton spokesman David Ray responded to the ad, saying: "Senator Pryor's desperation is comical. In Senator Pryor's world, he doesn't have to take responsibility for rubber-stamping the Obama agenda over 90% of the time, but wants Arkansans to believe Tom Cotton is responsible for everything from Ebola to crabgrass and male-pattern baldness."
Yesterday, a Republican Senate candidate in New Mexico used footage of the ISIS terrorist who killed journalist James Foley in a campaign video.
-- Mark Murray