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February 8, 2016

Pryor Clings to Guns, Religion in Tough Re-Election Race

It’s no secret that Mark Pryor is in a difficult race for a third term in Arkansas. The Democratic senator will likely face GOP Rep. Tom Cotton in a must-win race for Republicans, if they want to recapture the majority.

On one hand, it is somewhat surprising that the incumbent has already turned to social issues in his effort to avert forced retirement. But on the other hand, even though Sen. Barack Obama was talking about small town Pennsylvania with his 2008 comment about “clinging” to guns and religion, President Obama might be less popular today in a state such as Arkansas. And Pryor needs social issues to declare his independence.

Pryor’s first ad of the cycle focused on guns.

“The mayor of New York City is running ads against me because I oppose President Obama’s gun control legislation,” he says in the ad. “Nothing in the Obama plan would have prevented tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, Tucson or even Jonesboro. I’m committed to finding real solutions to violence while protecting our Second Amendment rights.”

“I’m Mark Pryor, and I approve this message because no one from New York or Washington tells me what to do,” the senator adds. “I listen to Arkansas.”

The most recent Pryor ad focused on religion.

“I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right,” Pryor says in the ad with a Bible in his hands. “This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.”

“This is who I am, and what I believe,” the senator says at the end.

The Arkansas Senate race is rated Pure Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • skyking1000

    It is hilarious that there is no mention of party affiliation in either video. If being a Democrat is so great, why doesn’t he simply show the voters which party they are voting for?

    • chillinout.

      He could just explain the ruthless talibangical principles the republican party stands for

      • Steve DeAngelo

        “Talibanigical” principles? Really? The tabliban stone and behead women! I recall no examples of Republicans supporting anything even remotely similar. It’s like comparing a bowling ball to a bb. You ought to be ashamed at how you and your leftzi friends are bastardizing the language.

        • chillinout.

          “Leftzi”, now you’re just being a hypocrite who is bastardizing the language. If you and your cultist friends had the ability and legality to stone people, you’d be in the streets throwing stones before the signature had even dried

      • skyking1000

        Sounds like a Democrat is trying to be in line with those principles, isn’t he?

        • FarOutlier

          Yep. Stand right along with that 2nd Amendment, now that he needs his seat. Stand right with god. Now that he is losing. Got all kinds of conservative didn’t he. So, where was he on ObamaCare. Move along. Dim road kill. Nothing to see and a whole lot of smell.

        • chillinout.

          Not really, he sides much more with democrats than he does republicans

          • skyking1000

            So why isn’t he espousing as to how great those principles of the Democrat party are? I must have missed them on his website, facebook page, and ads…

          • chillinout.

            He has. He isn’t backing away from the health care law, he supports raising the minimum wage, and he supports ENDA. You clearly have missed something

          • skyking1000

            Please link me to a statement BY HIM on his website which simply says his party affiliation.

    • Sherlocktoo

      I wonder if Oliar will campaign for him? LOL!

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  • Raibeart MacIlleathain

    Cotton is up 7. Pryor (who seems to be utterly clueless to what the Bible actually teaches) is desperate to show solidarity with people he dismisses as yokels in years when he’s not facing reelection.

  • Sherlocktoo

    Democrats in trouble, what? Well it is finally true, that many of the Oliarcare voters are now sick of demoncrats, as their healthcare has been taken away, while making each worker settle for less, and costing them more for it, and being taxed more to pay for the health insurance of others. In 2014, republicans need only one issue, OLIARCARE!

  • don76550

    If Pryor truly was a proponent of your 2nd amendment rights he wouldn’t be a democrat. Democrat and gun rights in the same sentence is an oxymoron.

    • FarOutlier

      He is all for gun rights. The right of the government to take your guns. He is all for god: the right to keep him in his “place.” Pryor is all for Arkansas: even though he considers them in-bred degenerates who need Washington to lead them out of squallier and misery. Liberal puke disgusts me.

      • don76550

        No, Pryor is not for gun rights otherwise he wouldn’t be a democrat. His pro gun votes represents his fear of voter retaliation at the polls if he does otherwise, not his convictions. Vote him out.

  • FarOutlier

    Pryor, Feinstein, Schumer, Boxer, no difference. All Dim lib party slaves voting en mass for lib utopia. Giving that 60th vote for ObamaCare did the pathetic loser in. Now he’s trying to cling to guns and god. 5 years to late. bye bye Pryor: hello GOP Senate majority.

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