October 13th, 2010
02:56 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton heads home to help out fellow Democrat

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton is heading home 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 Jonesboro Wednesday evening.

"I am grateful for President's Clinton support," said Lincoln in a statement. "He cares deeply about his home state and our people. I look forward to an exciting day together in Northeast Arkansas."

Clinton backed the two-term senator in the Democratic 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.

Clinton teamed up with Lincoln again at an event last month marking her one year anniversary as the chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture committee.

Lincoln faces four-term Republican Rep. John Boozman in November's general election. Polls of Arkansas voters suggest Boozman holds a double digit lead in the contest.

The candidates faced off earlier Wednesday in a debate that will air on local television later in the day.

The former president has become the Democrats "go-to guy" on the campaign trial this election cycle. This week alone he's already teamed up with Democratic candidates in Kentucky, West Virginia, New York, and Nevada, with stops in New Mexico and California to come.

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Filed under: 2010 • Arkansas • Blanche Lincoln • President Clinton
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    Go Bill! Remind this country what we get when Democratic policies are in place – a surplus and booming economy.

    October 13, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. vic nashville tn

    Arkansas please listens to your son best governor best president he never let us down

    October 13, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Eric in Denver

    Bill unless you can change the minds of 25% of the people over the next 20 days you should probably spend your time somewhere else.

    October 13, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Ruissell NC

    Who would believe anything Clinton says? He was impeached by the House for lying under oath.

    October 13, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Vote for freedom and economic recovery - vote R

    Clinton needs to retire and go away. He and (crook) Al Gore have made their money (Over $150M each). They don't have any new ideas. They are supporters of Obama's criminal way of forcing his ideology on everyone.... He needs to go.

    Remember, he's the guy that LIED UNDER OATH on several different times on several different opportunities.

    October 13, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. stufthis

    I wish Lincoln had shown a bit more compassion for Arkansans by supporting more of President Obama's policies instead of trying to be a faux republican.

    October 13, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Not fooled

    Karl Rove and his cronies remind me of somebody who just robbed the bank and probably wouldn't have gotten caught but started spending the money foolishly. The trail will eventually come out and hopefully he'll go to jail where he belongs.

    October 13, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thank you former President Bill Clinton for all that you do, not only for Americans, but for all the human race.
    P.S. Don't forget to thank Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she's great.

    October 13, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. madmatt

    Lincoln is blue dog scum and Clinton is a hateful sellout for helping her lost campaign...go somewher useful you sex fiend.

    October 13, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. S. in California

    I am not a Clinton fan but I do give credit where credit is due. Thank you Mr. Clinton for knowing and showing you are still a democrat.

    October 13, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Namejesd

    If former presidet Clinton runs for office again he has my vote

    October 13, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    Hope the former president is kicking some sense into the american people by saying what will happen if the republicans get control again.

    October 13, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    Democrats can’t run on their record, can’t makes their lies sticks so they have to bring out the old farts like Clinton saying “look at me”

    October 13, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |

    Bill I was a supporter of yours for eight years then also for your wife's run for President. but how you two have fallen in deep manure of the OBAMA administration you can count on me working as hard as I can to insure no Democrat reaches Washington ever again. Obama is selling us down the river and you are out helping to campaign for him. CRAP.

    October 13, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. gt

    clinton is not going home.... he lives in new york....he treats arkansas like a old girl freind,,, just sees her when he wants some.....

    October 13, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Jennifer

    Willy Brown; Rethuglicans wish they had a former President with an outstanding record like Clinton to look back on. George W. Bush nor Bush Sr could ever do this because all GOP ex-Presidents represent decades of GOP failed policies.

    October 13, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Jennifer

    TOTAL FACT; Obama is fighting for the same policies that Clinton put forth in the 90's. You clearly know nothing about Clinton's policies & presidency if you think Obama is doing anything that off the mark of what Bill did.

    October 13, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |