By Carole on Jun 4, 2010
When President Barack Obama needed that all important 60th vote to ram through his health care reform bill, Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) was there for him. But now that Senator Lincoln is facing a tough Democratic Senate run-off against Lt. Governor Bill Halter (D), she's turning to former President Bill Clinton instead of President Obama for help.
Just days away from the run-off made necessary when neither candidate reached the 50% mark in the May 18 primary, Senator Lincoln's last gasp ad features former President and Arkansas native Bill Clinton at a Lincoln campaign event telling the crowd, "If you want to be Arkansas' advocate, vote for somebody that will fight for you." (watch the video)
The ad is titled "The President" perhaps in the hope that voters will suddenly forget who actually is the president and how Senator Lincoln supported his obscenely expensive governmental health care overhaul when 60% of Arkansas voters believed Obamacare was bad for the country and only 28% thought it was a good idea. (source)
But it's not just angry voters who disapprove of the senator. There are also the unions, who previously supported her but now have turned against her over her opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act. They also believe she didn't bend over far enough to the left when she opposed a public option in the health care bill.
This squeezing from both sides has Senator Lincoln a mere two points ahead of her run-off challenger (44.5% to 42.5%) in recent polls (source) so it's not difficult to understand why she would like to travel back to a time before Barack Obama was "The President"
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