Tom Cotton Tries To Grow Support Among Farmers [VIDEO]

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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Rep. Tom Cotton released an ad countering one of the biggest criticisms of his tenure in office: that he was the only member of the Arkansas delegation who voted against the farm bill this past spring

The Democratic Senate Majority PAC has been hammering him for the vote.

Cotton’s ad shows him and his father handling cattle on their ranch and details his childhood growing up in an agricultural environment.

“On our family farm we have a few dozen head of cattle and one old guy with a head full of common sense — my dad. He taught me early farmers can’t spend more than they take in, and I listened,” he says.

The ad’s main aim is to explain why he opposed a bill of such import to his state in the first place.

“When President Obama hijacked the Farm Bill, turned it into a food stamp bill with billions more in spending, I voted no,” Cotton says. “Career politicians love attaching bad ideas to good ones, then the bad ideas become law and you pay for it.”

Cotton has also released ads defending his stance on health care, another major target for Democratic Senate Majority attack ads, reports Cameron Joseph for The Hill. A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Cotton leading Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor 2.5 percentage points.