Tom Cotton Won’t Debate His Libertarian Challenger. The Event Will Happen Anyway.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R–Ark.) is ducking a chance to debate his Libertarian challenger, even as a new poll shows the race tightening in the final weeks of what could be a rough election season for Republicans.
The debate, scheduled to be broadcast by Arkansas’ PBS station on Wednesday night, will take place even without Cotton’s participation. That means it will basically be an hour-long opportunity for Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr., to speak directly to the voters who will decide next month whether Cotton deserves another six years in the Senate.
#Election2020 In Arkansas’ US Senate race there are 2 candidates @SenTomCotton (R) @RickyForSenate (L). They have a debate this Wednesday though Sen Cotton declined the invitation. I’m one of the panelists asking questions. The debate will go on! Watch 7-8pm on @ArkansasPBS pic.twitter.com/uY7ZtzlUZL
— Donna T. Lambert (@donnaterrell_tv) October 11, 2020
Cotton, who has emerged in recent years as one of the loudest voices in the GOP’s ascendant authoritarian nationalist wing, appeared to be heading for an easy reelection bid when the only Democrat to enter the race dropped out late last year.
Enter Harrington, a 34-year-old prison chaplain running a campaign that gives voters about as stark a choice as they are likely to
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