Tom Cotton posted the following announcement on his campaign website today:
Senator John McCain of Arizona, war hero and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, today announced his endorsement of Tom Cotton for the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas.
"Tom Cotton volunteered to fight for our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan when he could have continued a promising legal career," said Senator McCain. "We badly need this kind of courage and selfless service in Congress - particularly to address our economic challenges. I'm asking the voters of the Fourth District to send Tom to Congress so he can join the fight for freedom there."
Tom Cotton served nearly five years on active duty in the U.S. Army. He left his law practice because of the 9/11 attacks, declining a JAG commission and volunteered instead to be an Infantry officer and Army Ranger. Tom deployed to Baghdad with the 101st Airborne, where he led an infantry platoon in daily combat patrols. Tom also deployed to Afghanistan as the operations officer for a provincial reconstruction team. Between those combat tours, Tom was a platoon leader with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Tom's military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal.
"I am deeply honored to earn Senator McCain's endorsement," said Tom Cotton. "He was an American hero before he ever put his name on a ballot. Few Americans have given--or could give--as much to their country. I will work hard to represent the people of the Fourth District with the same courage, service, and dedication to spending restraint that Senator McCain has shown throughout his distinguished career."