What a Difference a Year Makes (Updated)


Update 1/29: The original version of this post mistakenly said that both of the clips in the video above came from this year. They did not: Sen. Pryor was generally supportive of the president’s 2013 State of the Union, but was critical of this year’s address. What changed his tune? Rep. Tom Cotton’s strong challenge to Pryor’s incumbency may have played a role. Whatever the case, our original item was incorrect. We regret the error.

Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) told a local TV station that he was “disappointed” with President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, only later to tell a different station that he was “happy” with the speech.

Pryor told Arkansas’ KFTA that he was “disappointed” at the lack of specifics in Obama’s speech.

“Overall, I’m disappointed with the president’s State of the Union address because he was heavy on rhetoric, but light on specifics about how we can move our country forward,” said Pryor.

“I’ve always said that I’ll work with the president when I think he’s right, but oppose him when I think he’s wrong,” added Pryor.

Pryor later told THV11 that he was happy with the speech, pointing out that Obama tried to give specifics and to be bipartisan.

“I was happy from that standpoint, he did try to give some specifics,” said Pryor. “One thing I like is that he tried, at least early on in the speech, to be very bipartisan.”

Pryor was spotted during the speech applauding Obama as he was “chiding the GOP repeal attempts.”