Arkansas Senate rivals Pryor and Cotton tangle over missed votes and debate format

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican rival U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton are tangling over missed votes in the House and the format of their upcoming televised debate as their nationally watched race heats up.

Pryor on Tuesday criticized Cotton for missing House votes on Monday, the same day his campaign had a fundraiser scheduled in Houston, Texas. Cotton's campaign declined to say where Cotton was during the votes and defended the freshman congressman's voting attendance record.

Cotton, meanwhile, accused Pryor of ducking foreign policy questions in a televised debate next month.

The two have agreed to a debate that will focus on domestic issues, but Pryor said a public television debate he's agreed to can also include international issues. Cotton hasn't said whether he'll participate in that debate.

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