Dem. Pryor: No one tells me what to do
May 31st, 2013
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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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  1. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Rumor around here is a lot of doctors are going to hang it up because of all the new requirments of keeping records and the system being put in place. As if the doctors and nurses don't have enough to do now. My wife, who is an RN is getting a front line view. Getting permission from an insurance company or the government takes time and phone calls and tiime to get things approved. Multiply that by 2 or 3 next year. If you have to sit in a doctor's office all day you will understand what I mean. Obama Care is stupid. Get rid of it.

    May 31, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Thomas

    @i don't belong to know party
    Obama should have been in my class the other day his jaw would have dropped. I labeled him as a worthless traitor. I had to give a presentation in class. but i spent 20 minutes answering questions. And almost everyone in the class wanted to ask a question. It was great. Obama may have a good word spin. But when it comes to the truth he seems to forget things. His speech writers are missing the boat. he got a thumbs down from the entire class. He is a looser. Teach him to make me mad because of all his race bashing...

    =====

    Please tell me your not in college
    if so , how can we compete in todays world .

    May 31, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Donna

    OK, so he bucked his party on gun control ONCE because he was allowed to as the Democrats knew the bill was going to fail anyways. But what have his other votes been? Most likely in strict adherance to the far left Democrat Party line. Do the right thing and flush this guy Arkansas. If you send him back to DC he will hurt you, GUARANTEED.

    May 31, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. just askin

    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
    --

    why should the senator from arkansas vote for a bill that the people of his state do not support? isn't he supposed to be representing them and not the democrat party? it is pretty clear the far left democrat party expects blind adherance to their masters and those masters are not the voters that put this guy in office.

    May 31, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Tommy G

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

    Did yoiu listen to the people of Arkansas when you voted for Obamacare??? You are a lying dog that will say anything to get re-elected. Dump him Arkansas. If he screwed you and the country over with Obamacare, he'll do it again on some other issue when he "has more flexibility".

    May 31, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "GOP resists White House effort to change topics"

    GOP resists White House effort to do it's freekin job.

    FIFY

    What is Obama or any POTUS supposed to do? Sit around doing nothing while the opposition party fabricates scandals and investigations and holds hearings and wait for them to finish before dong anything? That headline is completely ridiculous and so is that GOP/Teatroll talking point. Obama has threatened to veto the GOP/Teatroll House bill for very specific reasons and he has an OBLIGATION to explain his reasons to American public. Any POTUS would have such an obligation about any legislation he supports or opposes. It's completely and utterly absurd to pretending that the POTUS fulfilling that obligation to the public...the obligation to explain his actions and decisions...is somehow just a "campaign event". Get bent, CNN. Were Obama to veto something and not tell anyone why, we'd have a months-long tantrum from the GOP/Teatrolls about it. Their tantrum over him actually explaining himself is simply because his explanation is very good and makes them look very stupid....and Boehner has already resorted to distractions in response to it, rather than addressing the very specific points Obama has made.

    May 31, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    Yeah, he voted against the gun control bill because the vote was so close to his re-election run. I can guarantee you he would have voted FOR it if it was brought up in his first year after being elected. He would count on the people of Arkansas forgetting about his vote after 5-6 years. He already voted for Obamacare because he thinks you'll forget about it. Don't trust him Arkansas. Gte a Republican in that seat that will TRULY represent your interests.

    May 31, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There's sane people trying to get sane things done versus a bunch of angry, racist, ideologue, self-serving partisan plutocrats trying to mess it all up so they can get rich off it.
    -------------------------------------------------
    I couldn't have said it better, clearer, or more succintly Sniffit.
    Bravo.
    Too bad CNN shut down the comments on THAT story.

    May 31, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. just sayin

    Sniffit
    "GOP resists White House effort to change topics"
    GOP resists White House effort to do it's freekin job.
    FIFY
    What is Obama or any POTUS supposed to do? Sit around doing nothing while the opposition party fabricates scandals
    --

    i guess the poll numbers show the american people aren't buying your bs lies, smoke and mirrors any more. the only fabrication going on is from the left about how nothing is wrong, nothing happened, it is all made up to hurt poor barry. they are finally beginning to see and experience what this far left president and his corrupt, incompetent party is all about. and it ain't pretty.

    May 31, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. ghostriter

    just sayin,

    Are you speaking about the polls that show the economy is way more important than this wild goose chase?

    May 31, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

    This issue of "gun violence", where dems try to pass an ineffective gun restriction law, is going to hurt the dems way more than any good the law(s) would have ever done. (Plus, they never would have gotten out of the House.)

    An effective reduction to the insane number of gun deaths would need a cultural change, including the idiot redneck gun owner that can't tell when a gun has a bullet in it, to the black 'gangstuh' who doesn't think he's a man without his gun, and ain't afraid to use it.

    But dems putting it all on legislation that will end few gun deaths is just stupid. Just more fodder for the righties. If that isn't enough, the dems have to go after Representatives in mixed districts, lowering their chance of survival.

    May 31, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "But dems putting it all on legislation that will end few gun deaths is just stupid. Just more fodder for the righties."

    The polls have shown quite convincingly that those who opposed that legislation took major hits in their approval ratings, while those who supported it got boosts. There's a reason idiots like Jeff Flake and Kelly Ayotte, who both opposed the legislation, have ads claiming that they supported tougher gun legislation and using all kinds of pretzel logic to claim that their vote against that legislation was actually a vote in favor of tougher gun laws. Wanna tell us what that reason might be?

    May 31, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    " the only fabrication going on is from the left about how nothing is wrong, nothing happened,"

    Really? Dems are fabricating?

    Is that why we've been able to show that the Benghazi "emails" that John Karl supposedly relied on were actually just notes about those emails and which were purposefully doctored to make it look like the emails were more of a "smoking gun" than they were?

    Is that why, while idiots like Bill O'Reilly rant about the number of visits Schulman made to the "WH" are a "smoking gun" that they plotted the IRS targeting, we're able to go to the WH logs and see that Schulman really wasn't visiting with Obama and was actually meeting with officials in charge of implementing the ACA, because the IRS has a huge role to play in that?

    Is that why the entire poutrage festival over the AP and Rosen subpoenas has suddenly shifted from accusing Obama and the DOJ of violating laws and the constitution to a very weak accusation that Holder perjured himself?

    Is that why even conservative legal experts are saying that, because the ACA has provisions that allow Sebelius to do what she was doing, the accusations that she has violated the law or committed ethics violations all stand on extremely shaky ground?

    May 31, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    I'm still waiting to hear what the NRA's solution is to the abundance of guns in the inner cities, which is due in large part to gun trafficking that begins as a straw purchase. You cannot even call it illegal because there isn't even a federal law against it.

    May 31, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "I'm still waiting to hear what the NRA's solution is to [insert problem]"

    More guns. But you knew that Rudy hehe :-)

    May 31, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Independent

    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...
    _________________________________
    That is the problem with the political world in the US, you should NEVER blindly follow one party or the other. He may identify himself as Democrat but if he sticks to his beliefs and does not let the party tell him what to do, I would support him. It should NOT be about any ONE party, it should be about ONES own principles!!

    May 31, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. California Gary

    @just askin........he is a "United States" senator and should vote for what he believes is in the best interest of all Americans.......not just those from his home state. Polls clearly show that most Americans, including those that belong to the NRA, support common sense gun laws. He is taking a political stance, not a principled stance.

    May 31, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Independent wrote:

    That is the problem with the political world in the US, you should NEVER blindly follow one party or the other. He may identify himself as Democrat but if he sticks to his beliefs and does not let the party tell him what to do, I would support him. It should NOT be about any ONE party, it should be about ONES own principles!!
    -------------–
    No. Actually, it should be about the interests of the people that you represent first and foremost. Your personal interests are supposed to take a back seat.

    May 31, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    "No one in Washington tells me what to do,"

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Ha! He sounds like a petulant 5-year old who doesn't want to pick up his toys.

    May 31, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. anonymous

    Rudy NYC
    I'm still waiting to hear what the NRA's solution is to the abundance of guns in the inner cities,
    --

    Uuuummmmmm... lock up all the black gang members killing each other as well as innocent bystanders? It has always worked in the past.

    May 31, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Guest

    I wonder why the government doesn't report on gun crime in terms of which race is doing the shooting and which race is being shot? They collect and report on racial breakdowns in many other areas. Why not this one? Could it be that such a breakdown would be damaging to one particular race? Hmmmmm????

    May 31, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. just askin

    California Gary
    @just askin........he is a "United States" senator and should vote for what he believes is in the best interest of all Americans.......not just those from his home state. Polls clearly show that most Americans, including those that belong to the NRA, support common sense gun laws. He is taking a political stance, not a principled stance.
    -–

    the typical defective leftist thinking in action above. he is elected by the people of his state to represent their interests in any national legislation. he did just that. you really need to get educated about our form of government and how it works. you obviously have no clue.

    May 31, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Boomer in Mo

    Well, if we repeal Obamacare AND the laws that force hospitals to treat all comers, whether they can pay or not, we can eliminate lots of gang violence because the gang bangers will be allowed to die the first time they get shot up, not patched up repeatedly and running up massive bills they never pay while continuing to run the streets and commit acts of violence. Getting rid of the non-payers would reduce the wait times, the cost and insurance premiums for those of us who do pay our bills.

    May 31, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Bill from GA

    to Sniffit
    "polls have shown quite convincingly that those who opposed that legislation took major hits"

    You are surely aware how gerrymandering has affected political races. Few are in play. Races for the Senate and House are won statewide or locally. Polls in New Hampshire or even nationwide have little meaning in Arkansas, or to a Democrat U.S. Representative in South Georgia (believe it, there is one).

    So how many of those seats can the dems give up? And for what gain, considering how little the legislation would have accomplished? I'm not opposed to the restrictions considered by the Senate, but I feel that to alienate so many for so little good is not wise. And it would not become law because the House would never consider it.

    Sen. Mark Pryor was probably representing the will of the people of Arkansas with his vote.

    Also, do you believe the Senate bill would significantly reduce gun violence in the USA, if it were somehow passed? Or is that irrelevant? Should we pass feel-good laws just to appease (some) liberals?

    May 31, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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