May 20th, 2010
06:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Arkansas Dem candidate borrows 'Change' slogan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Bill Halter's new ad makes frequent use of the word 'change'."]Washington (CNN) - A Democratic candidate, who does not have President Obama's endorsement, is happy to borrow a signature slogan from the president's 2008 campaign: "Change."

That familiar one-word motto is the title of a new TV ad, released Thursday, from Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. The Democrat is locked in a run-off with Sen. Blanche Lincoln after neither candidate captured 50-percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.

The run-off is set for June 8.

Halter's new 30-second ad mentions the word "change" four times, an average of once every seven seconds.

"You're not going to be able to change Washington if you don't change the people you send there," Halter is heard saying in one line.

It's a campaign message Halter has pressed repeatedly during the campaign. On Tuesday, after voting at a polling place, Halter said, "…if you send the same people to Washington, you're guaranteed to get the same result."

"Change" is, of course, the prime campaign slogan pushed by the Obama campaign during the 2008 presidential election.

Lincoln's campaign responded to Halter's new ad and overall use of the one-word catchphrase.

"Anyone can promise change, but Sen. Lincoln has the record as an agent of change standing up to special interests on behalf of Arkansans," Lincoln campaign spokesman Katie Laning Niebaum said in a statement to CNN.

Referring to a Senate vote that cleared the way for Wall Street reform to head to a final
vote, Laning Niebaum added, "Today, her bill to end backroom Wall Street deals that put Arkansans at risk is poised to pass the Senate."

Filed under: Arkansas • Bill Halter • Blanche Lincoln • Senate Race
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. ConstitutionalPatriot

    blah blah what would they do to change the middle class killing system in place? Nothing im sure! Probably won't even support an audit of the Federal Reserve. Wall Street reform is laughable because until you change the way the Fed operates and hopefully end it nothing changes. The private bankers and corporate elite will continue to aggregate the wealth in the hands of the few while enslaving the rest of us with the ever rising national debt. Wake up America, reject the promises they can't afford to keep and cut out the cancer that is killing our country! END THE FED!!

    May 20, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Hoped they would

    The American people are changing their minds.

    May 20, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. chillin

    Out with the old in with the new. Obama your time will come (RON PUAL 2012)

    May 20, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Djinn

    Go Halter. We in Arkansas are tired of representation by Republicrat! We need someone who will not suck up to the corporations.

    May 20, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. ib

    They both need to go; we need people who want to kick Obama's "change" out the door.

    May 20, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. doug

    IF the Sen. was standing "UP" for Mexico FIrst Today, she should be put under house arrest, return her home ASAP.

    May 20, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Mike

    Conservatives are using change also, in other words its time to change who is representing us in DC. Anyone who has voted for nobamby's,pelosi and reid spending programs will be kicked to the curb. This means most of the demorats and some of the Republicans will be gone. One Republican is gone because he did not listen to the people who elected him.

    May 20, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Go Bill! Lincoln is horrible and needs to get removed from office.

    May 20, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Pick the best loser for November's landslide for the republicans and Tea Party canidates.

    May 20, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Pragmatic

    Change is also what you do to diapers ... and politicians – often for the same reasons. Jim Hightower points out that you can't get the stream clean until you get the hogs out!

    May 20, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Obama the liar

    there will be change but, it won't be the change the socialist and obama want to see.

    May 20, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |