Bill Clinton Stars in New TV Ad for Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln

Jun 4, 2010 9:40am

ABC News' Huma Khan reports: Bill Clinton is featured in a new campaign television ad for embattled Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who will face off against Democratic Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in a run-off primary election on Tuesday. The footage comes from a speech Clinton made in Little Rock last Friday at a rally for Lincoln, where the former president painted the race as one between Lincoln and labor unions in Washington. "Here is an article from the Washington Post, it says some national unions made a decision a few months ago, that they wanted to make Senator Blanche Lincoln the quote ‘poster child’ for what happens when a Democrat crosses them. This is about using you and manipulating your votes. If you want to be Arkansas's advocate, vote for somebody who will fight for you. Vote for Blanche Lincoln,” Clinton said. Lincoln is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year. Labor unions poured more than $5 million into Halter’s campaign, who took aim at the incumbent for voting for the bank bailout and opposing the option of a government-run insurance plan in the health care bill and the Employee Free Choice Act or card check, a high priority for the labor movement. Although Lincoln surpassed Halter in the May 18 primary, she didn’t get the 50 percent of votes she needed to avoid a runoff. If Lincoln loses, she will become the third U.S. incumbent senator to be voted out, after Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, and Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah. According to independent handicapper Charlie Cook, no more than one U.S. senator has lost a primary since the 1980 election, when four incumbents were defeated in intraparty fights. — Huma Khan

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