September 8th, 2010
08:53 AM ET
4 years ago

Clinton heads home to help out fellow Democrat

Former President Bill Clinton will hit the campaign trail on Wednesday for Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
Former President Bill Clinton will hit the campaign trail on Wednesday for Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton heads home Wednesday to help out a fellow Democrat facing a very tough re-election bid.

The former president teams up with Sen. Blanche Lincoln in his native Arkansas at an event in Little Rock to celebrate the lawmaker's one year anniversary as chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

"As Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, which oversees nearly one-third of our state's economy, my top priority is utilizing this leadership position as a pipeline for jobs and economic opportunity for our state. I am grateful for President Clinton's support in this election and look forward to celebrating what I consider 'Arkansas's Committee' with my fellow Arkansans on September 8," says Lincoln in a statement.

Clinton backed the two-term senator in the primary and campaigned in person with her in the days before June's runoff contest, helping the senator fend off a tough challenge from Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who enjoyed support from many progressives and union leaders.

Lincoln now faces four-term Republican Rep. John Boozman in November's general election. Polls of Arkansas voters suggest Boozman is heavily favored in the contest.

While in Arkansas, Clinton will also appear at an event with congressional candidate Chad Causey, who Clinton also backed in the primaries. Causey faces Republican Rick Crawford for the seat left open by the retirement of Democratic Rep. Marion Berry.

–CNN's Charles Riley contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Arkansas • Bill Clinton • Blanche Lincoln
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Dude, save your breath. If anything, you should be helping Lincoln polish her resume and prepare for her job search.

    September 8, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Hunter of the lib hunter

    I wish Blanche had been more supportive of President Obama, but I wish her well in pointing out that the GOP is not going to help Arkansans.

    September 8, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. gt

    heck clinton dont play any more in arkansas ,,,, he sold out to new york...the only time he goes to arkansas he has his hand out...

    September 8, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Daniel

    Bill Clinton Should have supported Halter. Shame on Bill.

    September 8, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Keith in Austin

    C'mon Arkansas... Don't fall prey to liberal lies. Look around you to see the negative effects of tax-and-spend policies and Obama's socialist agenda!

    September 8, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Laura, Boston

    Give it up Senator Lincoln not even the great Bill Clinton is going to be able to pull this one out.

    Is it November yet?

    September 8, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. No new democrats in 2010

    Bill, please go retire. You are becoming a punchline, a Jimmy Carter if you will. Please, fade off and enjoy your $125M that you've 'earned' since your departure from the White House.

    September 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Ben Singleton

    This apparently means that Clinton approves of what the democrats have done to the present and future taxpayers of the US: great debt for many years to come, big government controls over everyone? Remember, Blanche Lincoln supported the Obama crap programs after she was given a special deal.

    September 8, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |