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Candidates from the hottest statewide political races spoke at the Clinton Presidential library Friday afternoon.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - "I would have voted for it, I would have signed it," says Mike Ross.

Whether on the private option,

"Make sure that this program is an incentive for people to work," says Asa Hutchinson.

education,

"If you're a parent and you want your four year old in a public pre-K program there should be a desk for them," says Ross.

or women's issues,

"I believe in women and the role that they play," says Hutchinson.

candidates for Governor, Democrat Mike Ross, and Republican Asa Hutchinson.

And Democratic Senate Incumbent Mark Pryor staking their claims Friday during a conference on issues impacting the delta region.

But it may be a comment made Thursday night via Skype from Pryor's opponent, Republican Tom Cotton causing the biggest stir.

"I think Arkansans can get a little better return of on their tax dollars when you look at the amount of money were spending on regional commissions all across the country," says Cotton.

Cotton talking about cutting funding to organizations like the very one he was speaking to, prompting a rebuke from the director.

"You will do absolutely nothing to reduce the deficits but you will hurt the poorest of the poor," says Lee Powell.

It also put Hutchinson, a fellow republican in a tough spot.

As he was part of the effort to launch the organization as a congressman. And led to these comments from Pryor.

"I just think that's an example of how Congressman Cotton has lost touch with Arkansas and he does not represent the state," says Pryor.
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