WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, will participate in two televised debates in October but likely no more in what is among the most hotly contested Senate races of the 2014 election cycle.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, will participate in two televised debates in October but likely no more in what is among the most hotly contested Senate races of the 2014 election cycle.


Cotton’s campaign announced Tuesday that he had accepted an invitation from the Arkansas Educational Television Network to a Senate debate on Monday, Oct. 13.


The AETN debate will include Cotton, Pryor and two minor party candidates Libertarian Nathan LaFrance and Green Party nominee Mark Swaney. A panel of three journalists — Doug Thompson of Northwest Arkansas News, Jacob Kauffman of KUAR, and Gwen Mortiz of Arkansas Business — will ask the questions.


The debate will be recorded at 2 p.m. in Conway and air Monday evening at 8 p.m. AETN plans to rerun the program on Sunday, Nov. 2.


Cotton and Pryor will square off in a second debate Tuesday, Oct. 14 upon which the campaigns previously agreed.


The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the hourlong debate that will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. on KATV, KAIT in Northeast Arkansas and KHBS/KHOG in Northwest Arkansas.


Roby Brock from Talk Business and Politics will be the moderator, and KATV’s Scott Inman, KAIT’s Diana Davis and KHBS/KHOG’s Angela Taylor will be on the panel. The debate is limited to domestic policy issues.


The Cotton campaign issued a news release Tuesday announcing that it had agreed to the AETN debate and challenged Pryor to participate in other debates, including one that would be moderated by "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd.


Pryor’s campaign issued a statement later indicating that it would not agree to any additional debates.


Pryor, 51, is seeking a third term in the Senate. Cotton, 37, is serving his first term in the House.