WASHINGTON — Another round of campaign ads is up on the airwaves in Arkansas’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle.

WASHINGTON — Another round of campaign ads is up on the airwaves in Arkansas’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle.


Pryor’s campaign announced Thursday that it is up with a new ad aimed at dispelling accusations that his vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act included cuts to Medicare beneficiaries.


"My opponent knows I did not cut Medicare benefits. I cut waste and protected benefits," Pryor says. "Making sure seniors get the health care they need is responsible. Overpaying insurance companies isn’t."


Meanwhile, Cotton’s campaign announced a trio of ads that it is running: One, featuring Cotton and his mother, touts Cotton’s efforts to preserve Social Security and Medicare benefits. A second ad blasts Pryor for a 2006 vote that it claims would allow illegal immigrants to collect Social Security benefits.


The third ad, which has run before, claims Pryor once supported raising the retirement age for Social Security.


Both campaigns claimed the opposing party’s ads distorted the truth.


David Ray, a spokesman for Cotton’s campaign, said the Pryor ad misleads Arkansans about the "deep and harmful cuts to Medicare" included in the Affordable Care Act and also ignores the "$8 billion bailout for big insurance companies" that Obamacare provided in its first year.


"That’s why Arkansans don’t trust their healthcare to the Obama-Pryor agenda," he said.


Erik Dorey, a spokesman for Pryor’s campaign, called the Cotton ads "flatly false."


"Congressman Cotton doesn’t have an ounce of credibility on Social Security and Medicare, and his flatly false claims should come as no surprise," he said.


Several outside groups also announced television ad buys in Arkansas.


The National Republican Senate Committee announced it running an ad that also claims Pryor supported providing Social Security benefits for work done while an illegal immigrant.


And, Freedom Partners Action Fund announced $1 million ad buy through September that is opening with an ad criticizing Pryor for his support of the Affordable Care Act.


PolitiFact said the claim that Pryor voted to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants is "substantially misleading."


The 2006 vote was on an amendment that then Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., offered to a broader immigration bill. The amendment, which was rejected, would have changed current law to prevent former illegal immigrants from collecting Social Security for work done while undocumented even though they had paid payroll taxes.


PolitiFact also noted that the ads "cherry-pick" the one time Pryor voted against the measure, ignoring two later votes where Pryor supported Ensign’s proposal.


Cotton’s campaign stood by the ad.