Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor Links Opponent to Ebola Outbreak

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U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., walks near near an entrance to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., after a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Pryor faces a challenge from Republican Congressman Tom Cotton in the November election. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)Danny Johnston / AP

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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