March 4th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Sen. Lincoln paints herself as Washington outsider

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new Blanche Lincoln ad features a classroom of small children playing with paper money."]Washington (CNN) – Sen. Blanche Lincoln, the two-term Arkansas senator, is using her first television ad of the 2010 primary season to paint herself as a Washington outsider not beholden to her own party.

The ad, which features a classroom full of kindergarten-aged children engaged in a playtime squabble with plastic baseball bats and throwing paper money into the air, depicts Washington politicians as irresponsible, ineffective legislators.

"That's why I voted against giving more money to Wall Street, against the auto company bailout, against the public option health care plan and against the cap and trade bill that would have raised energy costs on Arkansans," Lincoln says in the ad.

"Some in my party didn't like it very much," Lincoln continued. "…I don't answer to my party. I answer to Arkansas."

Katie Niebaum, Lincoln's campaign communications director, described the ad buy as "substantial" and said it would air Friday morning through March 12.

Lincoln faces a primary challenge from Bill Halter, the current Arkansas Lieutenant governor who has won the support of several national liberal organizations who feel Lincoln is too moderate. Drew Pitt a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor in 2006 is also challenging Lincoln.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Roberto

    I hope she lose the election. Best thing can happen to people of Arkansas

    March 4, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    – yeah yeah Washington outsider – Obama pulled that one already
    – and all the politicians before him trying to appear "new"

    When will we stop falling for that one?

    March 4, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Angie in PA

    You lady are no Democrat please switch parties you are nothing more then a republican in disguise!

    March 4, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Angie in PA

    When she was running for Senator she ran on the Public option she ran on cap and trade and many other Deocratic agendas now she is a flopping fish out of water VOTE HER OUT! GO HALTER!

    March 4, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    She's a democrat. Need we say more? Vote her the hell out.

    March 4, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Lynn

    Hot Springs Village, AR. Blanche Lincoln is no more a Washington outsider than Abraham Lincoln was, she never answers e-mails from her constituents or even listens to them. But Halter is no better and first thing he will do is support a Federal Lottery. The Arkansas lottery is only paying out 20% to college scholarships after he allowed administrators of the lottery six figure salaries. The poorest in the State have been bamboozled to believe they will hit the jackpot and spend their few dollars on the lottery.

    March 4, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. HBO

    Blanche is a "wolf in sheep's clothing" (a republican trying to act like a democrat). She will not be in the Senate come November because this truth has been exposed. Busted!!!

    March 4, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    WOW – it's strange how EVERYONE is painting themselves as OUTSIDERS of Washington but after getting elected – they're the same old INSIDERS doing the same old, same old SHISKABOB!!!!!

    March 4, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. annie s

    Who really cares what happens to Senator Lincoln – she votes the Republican platform anyway.

    March 4, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Duck Fallas

    No slave to fashion, either. Looks like a gay Paul Revere.

    March 4, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Jim

    Ms. Lincoln is a flip flopper who is paid for by corporate america.

    March 4, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. GJ

    Hmm. All of those listed things are stuff she voted against. What has she done that has benefitted Arkansas? Being yet another Senator of NO will not get the country or state anywhere, but sadly it might get you re-elected..

    March 4, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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