As part of its August messaging push, the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Tuesday will seek to tie Sen. Mark Pryor to President Barack Obama’s agenda, particularly Obamacare, with a web video and an accompanying website.
The website, “Mark Pryor: Obama comes first,” directly invokes the aesthetic of Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and re-imagines the recognizable red-white-and-blue “O” logo as a “P.”
“Mark Pryor thinks he’s smart: Talking one way in Arkansas, but being Obama’s left-hand man in Washington,” a narrator says in the accompanying ad. “We call that a liberal when no one’s looking.”
Pryor, a Democrat who faces a tough reelection bid against Rep. Tom Cotton in Republican-leaning Arkansas, has differentiated himself from the president on a number of hot-button issues, including his vote this year against further gun control measures.
But he has also continued to tout Obamacare as an “amazing success” — a line Republicans have turned into the basis for attacks.
The NRSC hits Pryor in its new ad materials on that issue and also trumpets another familiar criticism: That Pryor has voted in line with the president’s policies 93 percent of the time.
Pryor defended his legislative independence in a recent interview with Politico, much as he has been making the case to Arkansans: “I think that President Obama has in some ways what you would think of as a hard-left agenda in various ways, and that agenda is not popular in our state. And a lot of that agenda I don’t support.”
Update: Pryor’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, responded specifically to the NRSC’s website and video Tuesday afternoon, calling their content “nothing more than recycled misinformation.”