Senator Mark Pryor says he plans to vote for Robert Gates to replace Donald Rumsfeld as the secretayr of defense. The Democrat from Arkansas says he expects little opposition to the former C-I-A director's confirmation. Pryor says Gates was well received by lawmakers. He says legislators appreciate Gates' candor, experience and background. Pryor also says Gates' leadership in the Pentagon would help improve the situation in Iraq. The senator hopes Gates will listen to outside opinions and "try to do what's right.'' -- Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.