Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said the increasingly crowded Republican presidential field serves as the perfect metaphor for free market economics.
“I don’t think there is a frontrunner,” Cotton said Monday in an interview with KUAR-FM. “I think it’s a wide-open competition and I think that’s healthy.”
Nine major candidates have officially announced presidential runs — including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum – along with former governors Mike Huckabee and George Pataki.
They could eventually be joined by current governors Chris Christie, Bobbie Jindal, John Kasich, and Scott Walker – as well as former governors Jeb Bush and Rick Perry.
Dr. Ben Carson, a conservative media favorite, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina have each announced bids while reality TV stars Donald Trump and Sarah Palin are also mentioned as possibilities.
“As a conservative, I believe competition is a good thing,” Cotton said. “Competition in the marketplace breeds better products at better prices for consumers. I think competition in the political marketplace leads to better ideas and better leaders.”
Cotton, who many national pundits believe is a potential vice presidential candidate, said he will wait for the invisible hand of the marketplace to pull the lever before backing any of the GOP candidates.
“I don’t anticipate supporting any candidate for the time being, and I look forward as a Republican myself watching the candidates perform, telling us where they want to take the country, and ultimately making a choice with the rest of Arkansas next year during our primary,” he said.
Watch the interview posted online by Roby Brock: