Dem. Pryor: No one tells me what to do
May 31st, 2013
08:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Dem. Pryor: No one tells me what to do

(CNN) – After a barrage of television ads hit Arkansas airwaves criticizing Sen. Mark Pryor, the Democrat is going up with his own spot defending himself as an independent mind beholden to no special interests.

"The mayor of New York City is running ads against me because I oppose President Obama's gun control legislation," Pryor says in the spot. "Nothing in the Obama plan would have prevented tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, or even Jonesboro. I'm committed to finding real solutions to gun violence while protecting our second amendment rights."

Pryor, considered one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014, has been hit by both sides in recent weeks. The group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, funded partly by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is airing a spot targeting Pryor for his "no" vote last month on measure that would have expanded background checks on gun sales.

Meanwhile the Senate Conservative Fund is running ads linking Pryor to Obama, claiming the lawmaker is closely tied to other items on the president's agenda, including Obamacare.

The two-term Pryor was easily re-elected in 2008, winning 80% of the vote in a contest against a Green party candidate. He was the only sitting senator that cycle to not face a major party challenge, as the GOP didn't field a candidate.

But in 2014, national Republicans are eyeing freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, who's been getting a lot of national exposure, to challenge Pryor in Arkansas, a state where Republican Mitt Romney defeated Obama by 23 points.

With pressure from both sides, Pryor is declaring himself above party politics. The ad will begin airing statewide in Friday, and is Pryor's first spot in his 2014 re-election bid.

"No one in Washington tells me what to do," he says at the end of the ad. "I listen to Arkansas."

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Bye Bye Mr. Pryor!!!

    May 31, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The people of AR, have to make their own choices, but it is absolutely clear, that the Democratic Party has become, overall, subversive to America.

    The Dems are encouraging illegal immigration, and in conjunction with that, illegal drug traffic, as well as being guilty of gun smuggling into Mexico. You have to ask........are they part of the drug cartels, themselves??????

    The Dems are the ones who protect and coddle criminals, making our streets unsafe for anyone. They do this, under the pretense, of protecting the innocent, when in fact, they are protecting the guilty.......the criminals.

    The Dems have demonstrated poor moral character, time and again, in their sexcapades, and distortions of acceptable ethical behaviors. They have demonstrated time and again they can get away with anything, from under the table payoffs, to murder.

    What kind of America do people really want? Do they want a country that is so criminal, no one is safe anywhere?

    May 31, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. much thunder..little rain

    toast....he is like clinton ..never returns to his state...except to get campain money...

    May 31, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Norma Vessels

    That's a tired phrase, even coming from a Democrat. He probably does want to do what Arkansas people want. Of course, he loves his state and will help them. But, sir, don't depend on all those Republican phrases that sound good, but don't hold water. Stay who you are, be who you are, and say who you are. Leave off the pretty phrases that people are immune to. Just prove yourself while your in office. We want to see that. We don't rely on what hopeful, lovely things a politicion says .. we want to see what you do.

    May 31, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    God bless!!! Stick to your DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES–we only die once. Nothing we brought nothing we take. Be wise–god likes you when you are ETHIVPCAL unlike some of the attorneys and our legal system–change them by legislations. Good luck.

    May 31, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well,
    If you voted for Obama Care all I can say is Baa!!

    May 31, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Dang, Senator. You got both Conservative Republicans against you on one side, and the East Coast Liberal Republicans (yes, they still exist) against you on the other.

    May 31, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. DJ in Texas

    @Rick McDaniel – Are you serious? Encouraging illegal immagration, drug traffic...........Please cite ONE, JUST ONE PROOF of this ridicous statement. Under Obama, there's been more people deported than ANYTIME prior. Sex scandals, I guess you're forgetting about the FL rep (Mark Foley) who was harrassing young boys or Mark Sanford, who was cheating on his wife, had his staff lying for him and used state funds for his escapade in South America; Larry Craig, and the bathroom scandal.

    Remember Mr. Abramhoff, who was a Republican, who admitted to taking payoffs.....

    Go back and research

    Unfortuntely, sex scandals are on BOTH sides of the aisle. But your claims are just plain wrong. Again, I say PROVE your claims. The names I've metioned are well documented. Where's your proof.

    Stop drinking the "kool-aid" as those on the far right like to say.

    BTW – I'm more or less independent. I think ALL of them need to be fired.

    May 31, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Isn't he precious?
    Here's the thing though: UNITY. The Rethugs have the Democraps over a barrel on that one. Always have, and from the looks of things always will.
    There is nothing wrong with a poltician being who he is but it serves no one, especially your Party, to go rogue IN THE NEWS.
    This sends a clear message to the opposition that there is dissention amongst the ranks.
    Shut up. Sit down. Unite. Act as one. Support the Party line, at least in public.
    Even an idiot in politics should know that united we stand, divided you fall.
    Come on now...

    May 31, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Canuck

    @Rick McDenial
    "The Dems have demonstrated poor moral character, time and again"

    Good grief , man, the Republicans invade smaller , weaker countries based on false pretences and you put the Democrats down for being of poor moral character??? Get a grip , Sir....

    May 31, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Data Driven

    Oh, chill out, Blue Dog. You're in Arkansas, whose residents view New York City mayors, and all things New York, in much the same way as those cowboys did in the old Pace Picante Sauce commercials.

    May 31, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Hahahaha... poor sap. Dude needs to learn that if he's not to the left of Stalin, he's not welcome in today's democratic party.

    May 31, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Babyboomer

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama

    AMEN...

    May 31, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. ST

    Take your own way Pryor. I do not know where it will reach you. Being a blue dog, doesn't mean that you trash your own principles. Is this what I have been hearing all way along that all people in both chambers are only there to fill their own stomachs?

    May 31, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Wake up People!

    @Dominican Mama.

    I second that emotion!!

    @Data Driven.
    Good one!!

    May 31, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Mr. Pryor, ever heard of the term PRIMARY?

    May 31, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. BrianMemphis

    Another Dem will bite the dust. Dems, look at who's vulnerable, who's in the mix. You'll be loosing the Senate next year for sure.

    May 31, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    To the union busting gop brain dead voters, everybody in the whole country makes more money than you , keep voting for the gop and stay at the bottom while the gop stooges you support keep all the profits that you make for them, gop morons and fools !!!!!

    May 31, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Guess

    I wonder if taliban will use mc cains photo with their men on their christmas card, again, the gop makes us look stupid on the international stage, thanks. if the gop was not so desperate to make others look bad, theese things would not happen. idiots

    May 31, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. ST

    Fine Pryor, I do not blame you much as you do not know what to do like our present media we have nowadays. This morning I was watching what is called "Morning Joe", I could not believe what I heard from Mika and Joe himself, asking Eugene Robinson what Pres. Obama could do to get out of all these scandals. For god's sake Pres. Obama did not bring all these scandals to himself. It was brought by the media. It is the role of the media to understand what is beneficial to people and what is not. Is there any meaning any more to have hopeless people and sorry to say "stupid " people like Mika and Joe in consuming precious time of people? What are they, there for? Get rid of media, it is better to have nothing, as they are not helping instead, they are there to fill their own stomachs and their own families. Enough of this already!

    May 31, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. John in Brooklyn

    In other words, do nothing about gun violence whatsoever. I'm a Democrat but. unlike Senator Manchin of WV – another pro-gun state – Pryor has not had the guts to actually ACT.

    May 31, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Very Plain Very Simple

    Pryor says in the spot. "Nothing in the Obama plan would have prevented tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, or even Jonesboro.

    when I hear this I think are people really this SLOW.....the the elevator not go ALL the way up.....True the tragedy may have still happened...Mental issue and just evil in the world. nothing can stop that except the end of the world. BUT the MASS of the tragedy could be helped and THAT is what is in the plan. let limit the bullets that can be used in guns. All for people to have them..keep them no problem but what is the problem with a conpromise on how many bullets you need for your sports hunting or whatever you need them for could not be that pressing that you have to unload ??? in sec. really?

    So I pray Arkansas get this man in check and help his elevator reach the top and understand compromise. to help save lives.....

    May 31, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. A concerned patient

    All who complain about the new affordable health care act better reexamine the of how it is structured and the new law is not the total answer but it is a start to find a means to permit everyone into the health care system. The insurance companies will have a much harder time denying services. Pharmaceutical houses will continue to rape the public but it will require a more equitable treatment of the poor patient trying to stay alive. Our next crisis is lack of M.D.s who are victims of the system with regulatory shackles and dictated treatment . God help us if we permit Republican controls to kill the poor

    May 31, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. California Gary

    No one tells him what to do huh? Well.........except maybe the NRA. He should be listening more to the families that have experienced gun violence in their lives rather than to those toothless idiots demanding to have access to assault weapons with 30 round mags. He is on the wrong side of this.......and the bad thing is.......I think he knows it but is bending to political pressure.

    May 31, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. just sayin

    i just love it when the left eat their own!! besides, what the heck is wrong with the republicans and not fielding a candidate for a senate seat, especially in a true red state like arkansas?!! this seat should never have had a democrat in it. time to take back the seat for the people of arkansas, which any democrat cannot and will not represent. they are too beholden to their masters, obama, pelosi and reid.

    May 31, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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