June 8th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Lincoln trying to convince voters 'incumbent' not a dirty word

Little Rock, Arkansas (CNN) - Log on to Blanche Lincoln's campaign website and you will see a detailed, county-by-county list of money and programs the two-term Democratic senator has secured for Arkansas.

Usually that "look-what-I've-done-for-you-lately" pitch can help embattled incumbents assuage voters' concerns. But this election year is anything but usual.

Lincoln is trying to avoid becoming the third sitting Democratic lawmaker this year to be defeated by a fellow Democrat in a primary battle, but Democratic sources in Washington and Arkansas tell CNN they're not sure she can pull off a win Tuesday.

Her challenger, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, forced moderate Lincoln into a runoff not by coming at her from the left, but from the outside - with a classic 2010 anti-Washington message.

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"Arkansans around the state are telling me that they want a change, and they know that if you send the same people to Washington, you're guaranteed to get the same results," Halter said during a weekend campaign stop.

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Filed under: 2010 • Arkansas • Bill Halter • Blanche Lincoln
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Get A Grip

    In the case of Blanche Lincoln 'incumbent' is a dirty word. Start packing Blanche Lincoln because you're about to get fired.

    June 8, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Moderate

    To bad, you vote conservative, you get kicked out by the liberals.

    June 8, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Jeff

    Blanche, you sold us out. Goodbye.

    June 8, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. William

    She should have tried harder with the words "public option".. Bye bye Blanche Lincoln!

    June 8, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lincoln trying to convince voters 'incumbent' not a dirty word
    -------------------------------–

    'Incumbent' might not be a dirty word, but your name is MUD Blanche!

    June 8, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. dale

    Incumbents didn't listen to the majorities and therefore must go. They are not on the side of American people. This is America and they work for us. All must be voted out and term limits put in place

    June 8, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    In Blanche's case, incumbent is a dirty word. She may point to what she's done for the state, but voters are looking behind her to see all the corporate money that has bought her votes. Blanche is a Repugnant at heart.

    June 8, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Angus McDugan

    This sounds so lame. If you are an incumbent then your record speaks for itself. You have to own up for what you voted for, what you voted against, and what you did not cast a vote for at all. Your actions and inactions speak for themselves, so don't dodge the ball. Own-up and speak to your position.

    June 8, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Incumbents are bad, very bad. How can we get true change if we keep sending the same people back to Washington who allowed this economic crisis to happen in the first place?
    These people are not representing the people, they are too busy collecting funds from Lobbyists, Unions, too big to fail businesses, banking and Insurance companies. After watching over ten trillion dollars stolen from hard working Americans we have yet to see one criminal charge against those who caused the crisis.

    The time to clean up both The House and 1/3 the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.

    Fire All incumbents!

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    June 8, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Dave in Silver Springs

    Blanche Lincoln betrayed Arkansas and this nation. Medical reform would have been a much better bill with the public option. Those Democrats that have forgotten or failed to support the goals and ideals that define the Democratic Party deserve to have their records judged at the polls.

    June 8, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Lincoln should take lessons from Barbara Boxer, who is about to show Carly that you don't mess with someone named Boxer without getting yourself very bruised up.

    June 8, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    No, "incumbent" isn't necessarily a dirty word.

    "GOP" and "Tea Party" and "Neocons" - those are absolutely filthy words that we should hope we never hear again.

    June 8, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Sniffit

    Good luck with that, Blech. Like most liberals, I want your butt shown the door.

    June 8, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. For

    If she voted against the healthcare fiasco, I'm for her.

    June 8, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Liz the First

    Incumbent isn't a dirty word, DINO is! she needs to be replaced by a real Democrat.

    June 8, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. librarian

    I hope that she will be defeated. She is a shameful politician.

    June 8, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Lori

    Incumbent is not a dirty, unless they have their best interest at heart and corporations too and not the people that elected them. I donated to Halter's campaign from because I think she's working for corporations. I wish we had someone like Halter running in California.

    We have Meg Whitman(yuck and trying to buy election) and Fiorina( double yuck for outsourcing US jobs). So I'll be voting for Jerry Brown and Barbra Boxer. The lesser evils.

    June 8, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. ran

    What's "dirty" is her thinking what she has done is worthy of being reelected. She has done more harm to the Democrats then any Republicans could have. But she really is a Republican in Democratic clothing like all the other "blue dogs". I hope she loses big time either in the run-off or in the general even if it means a Republican wins.

    June 8, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. A. Goodwin

    After her sellout to the American People to get rid of the Public Option...I have nothing but support for Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. She should just move on to the Dark Side (GOP) where she belongs...Yuck!

    June 8, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. good luck with that

    all those who have come before you are responsible for making 'incumbent' a dirty word, hope you can be a start to change that

    not holding my breath

    June 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    But "incumbent" is a dirty word. It's definition is "corrupt, self-serving, career politician," and refers to those who think it their right to be over-paid for interfering with peoples' lives.

    June 8, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. ThinkAgain

    I agree – Incumbent is not a dirty word. Typical of the Republicans to try to demonize anything they feel threatened by.

    Remember when Republicans held majorities in the House and Senate? Being an incumbent was all about "experience" and knowing how to "get things done" in Washington. Now that the Republicans are in the minority, suddenly being an incumbent is a bad thing. HA!

    Most people are smart enough to see through the Republican misinformation fog and realize that all that party has to offer is tried-and-failed policies, and so they resort to scare tactics and lies.

    If you're voting in a primary today, use your head. If the incumbent is doing well by you and your state, then vote for them. If not, vote for someone else.

    June 8, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Typical tactic of the Republicans: Demonize what you're threatened by. The only reason Republicans feel that incumbents are bad is because the majority of those incumbents are Democrats.

    Just like when Bush was turning the budget surplus he inherited from Clinton into a massive deficit (by cutting taxes while waging two wars – unprecedented in our nation's history), Cheney was out there saying deficits are nothing to worry about.

    Now that President Obama is spending money on trying to undo the damage done by 8 years of failed Republican policies, to really stimulate the economy and do right by the Middle Class (and not just funnel money to the wealthy and the GOP cronies), all of a sudden deficits are terrible.

    The GOP may treat Americans like we’re idiots, but actually, the majority of us are not.

    June 8, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Log on to Blanche Lincoln's campaign website and you will see a detailed, county-by-county list of money and programs the two-term Democratic senator has secured for Arkansas."

    That's the platform Lincoln is running on, that she's doing her best to dig the country further into a financial hole it will take decades, and a lot of pain, to get out of?

    Of course, Halter seems even more determined than Lincoln to continue the ruin of the country's economy. They're both fiscal disasters–the big difference is that Lincoln has about a $300 billion head-start.

    June 8, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |