(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton delivered a spirited defense of Democratic policies Wednesday night in a speech reminiscent of those he gave when his own name was on the ballot.
The lengthy remarks delivered on behalf of embattled Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln were entirely trademark Clinton: part feel-your-pain folksiness, part policy lecture, and part blistering critique of the opposition.
"It's okay for people to still be mad, frustrated and feel helpless because that's their lives," said Clinton to the Little Rock, Arkansas crowd – many of whom still consider him their favorite son. "I get that but let me ask you something, specially everybody here with gray hair like me. If you have lived long enough, you would know that every time in your life that you've made a decision that was important when you were really mad, there is an 80 percent chance that you made a mistake. Ain't that right?"
The former president also said voters are currently suffering from "anger, apathy and amnesia," factors he said that are blocking a sound debate on the differing policies of the two parties.
Clinton's visit to Arkansas comes as Lincoln finds herself far down in the polls to Republican challenger John Boozman, a current member of Congress. Lincoln, who has served in the Senate for more than a decade, is largely suffering from voter anger at the economy's slow recovery and an increase in government spending.
"The independents say, well, we think they're spending too much money. So, we will vote against all the democrats. So, the democrats say we'll stay home because there are not enough jobs, not enough money being spent; the independents would say we will vote against them because they spent too much. Let me just tell you, when there is no demand in the economy, you have to do something like the stimulus," said Clinton.