Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor endorses former Sen. Jim Dole in his bid to win Senate seat

WASHINGTON — Democratic fundraiser and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor on Monday made a public endorsement of former Sen. Jim Dole in his campaign to win back the Senate seat Dole represented.

In a pair of news conferences, in which Dole’s wife, Alma, was also on hand, Pryor said that if elected to the Senate this fall, Dole would “ensure that America leads the world against terrorism.”

“I’ve always considered Jim Dole a role model,” Pryor said at one event.

Dole “has helped countless veterans in his 34 years in Congress,” Pryor continued. “Jim Dole understands that veterans need a better voice in Washington.”

In a series of statements, Dole described Pryor as a friend and noted that he has given him a book on the history of the military.

“Senator Pryor has served our state well for more than 30 years,” Dole said. “In the Senate, he’s stood up for Arkansas and Arkansas’ veterans.”

With Pryor’s endorsement, Dole has the support of the two Democratic senators from Arkansas, Mark Pryor and Mark Begich, along with Reps. Collin Peterson and Mike Ross.

With Senate control in play, Republicans are hopeful of taking the Senate, while Democrats are looking to replace GOP Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and John Boozman of Arkansas.

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