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Pryor backs Lieberman; Lincoln won't say

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An interesting report this morning by Aaron Sadler at the Arkansas News Bureau. He not only tracks down U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor for their views on Joe Lieberman's switch from a Democratic to an independent Senate re-election bid -- he also talks to former U.S. Sen. David Pryor.

Sen. Mark Pryor on Wednesday pledged his support and campaign cash to Sen. Joe Lieberman, who continued his re-election bid as an independent after losing the Democratic primary in Connecticut.

Pryor, D-Ark., said Lieberman is a moderate whose views are valuable to the Senate.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., would not say if she would back Lieberman as an independent. She said in a statement that the choice belonged to Connecticut voters. ...

"I am for Joe Lieberman whether he's a Democrat or an independent," Pryor said. "I think he's a great senator. I think he's done a very good job for the state of Connecticut."

Pryor's continued support of Lieberman puts him at odds with several senior Senate Democrats including Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who announced Wednesday he was backing Lamont. ...

Pryor said he would tap into his own war chest to help Lieberman. He asked staffers Wednesday to research campaign finance rules regarding transferring money from one campaign to another. ...

Pryor said breaking with other Democrats on some issues was a quality, not a flaw.

Lincoln said she supported Lieberman in the primary because he was an effective bi-partisan leader. She stopped well short of saying whether she would endorse him again. ...

"This is going to be a difficult choice for a lot of Democrats who have been a friend of and who have supported Sen. Lieberman," David Pryor said.

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