June 11th, 2010
09:16 AM ET
11 years ago

Lincoln turned it back on just in time to fight off challenge

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/11/art.blincoln.0611.gi.jpg caption ="Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln was once a stranger to the national press corps."]Washington (CNN) - One day late last year, Blanche Lincoln held a news conference in the Senate. That sure doesn't sound like much of a headline, but at the time it was.

For much of 2009's heated health care debate, she avoided reporters like the plague.

She was such a stranger to the Capitol Hill press corps that when she walked into her news conference, she commented on what she thought was a new backdrop for the press studio frequented by senators. It had actually been renovated more than a year earlier.

Lincoln barely acknowledged Washington reporters - this one assumed she was being strategic and limiting her interaction - especially about the divisive health care debate.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    Wonder which side will she run to in November. right-center-left?

    June 11, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Mike

    Not to worry, she will be a complete stranger after the mid term elections.

    June 11, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. gt

    it work in the primary ,,, it wont work in november... there was less than 20 % turn out ,,, she is toast...

    June 11, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. mh

    she will never be re-elected.

    June 11, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. David in Houston

    Way to go, Blanche!

    June 11, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Jay

    Better wake up Blanche, and start being a Democrat in the walk instead of just the talk. Won this one by a whisker.

    June 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. madmatt

    well if she talks to reporters they ask questions like: why do you take so much money from the banks and anti-labor corporations, or why does your postion on the agriculture committee allow you to funnel MILLIONS of dollars to your own family...isn't that theft and corruption?

    June 11, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. strategic and limiting her interaction

    I think she will do a good job

    June 11, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |