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Pryor Defends "Entitlement" Comment, Notes Context

Senator Mark Pryor said Sunday he doesn't have any second thoughts regarding his comments about his Republican opponent feeling "entitled" to the U.S. Senate seat both candidates are vying for this November.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Mark Pryor said Sunday he doesn't have any second thoughts regarding his comments about his Republican opponent feeling "entitled" to the U.S. Senate seat both candidates are vying for this November.

"I don't think so," Pryor told Capitol View host David Goins. "You can look at the whole tape that MSNBC ran -- and I thought it was fair -- one of the things I said is that I'm very supportive of veterans and very appreciate to all veterans including my opponent."

Pryor also went on to say he wasn't surprised with the reaction from conservatives.  You can see the full interview with Pryor on the Capitol View app. 

Pryor, a two-term Democrat in a tight reelection race, responded to a question from NBC News' Kasie Hunt on whether two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan by his opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, was a qualification for the Senate.

"No. There's a lot of people in the Senate that didn't serve in the military," Pryor said in the original interview.  "In the Senate we have all kinds of different people, all kinds of different folks who come from different backgrounds. And I think that's part of this sense of entitlement, that he gives off, that almost is like, I served my country, therefore let me into the senate. That's not the way it works in Arkansas."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee called the comments "offensive" and the Arkansas GOP followed up with a news conference Wednesday characterizing the comments as "disgusting" to reporters.

The interview and comments by Pryor were made as part of a more than three minute recorded piece that aired on MSNBC on Wednesday for the segment "States of Play", which highlights key 2014 races.
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