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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – While most people took off work today, political candidates were hard at work.

Several made an appearance at the 73rd Annual Rector Labor Day Parade, but the camping weekend quickly turned into one-upping political opponents.

Republican Congressman Rick Crawford stated, "The bill that I voted against restored funding to provide bonuses to executives in the VA that allowed people to die while they were waiting for care. We just can't continue to do that kind of thing. My opponent says it's ok; he says go ahead and give bonuses to people who essentially allowed veterans to die."

In response, Democrat Mayor of Heber Springs Jackie McPherson said, "Every congressional delegate in the state of Arkansas supported the legislation to bail out the VA, except for Congressman Crawford. He'll tell you that it's deficit spending, but just weeks prior, he voted for 187 billion dollar tax break to large corporations."

Several other candidates spoke as well. The Senate race is expected to see record amounts of campaign spending over the next two months.

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