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story.lead_photo.caption Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the "Reimagining Impact" session at the Clinton Global Initiativeon Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in New York.

LITTLE ROCK — Former President Bill Clinton will headline a series of rallies for Arkansas Democrats next week, lending a hand in the party's efforts to fend off a Republican takeover of his home state's top offices in the November election, party officials announced Monday.

The party said the former Arkansas governor will attend four rallies next week, appearing at events in Conway and Jonesboro on Oct. 6 and in Rogers and Fayetteville on Oct. 7 to promote the party's "Arkansas Victory 2014" coordinated campaign. The rallies are free and open to the public, but tickets will be required.

"There is no one better than Bill Clinton at making the case to Arkansans about what's at stake for the middle class in this election," Democratic Party Chairman Vince Insalaco said in a statement. "President Clinton has always been able to connect with Arkansans on a personal level and that connection makes him the best person to lay out why Arkansans need to get involved and not let out-of-state billionaires buy this election."

The rallies occur two weeks before the Oct. 20 start of early voting for the election, which features heated races for U.S. Senate and governor.

Clinton remains a popular figure in Arkansas, where his presidential library is located. He's been a regular presence on the campaign trail in Arkansas and helped kick off Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's re-election bid last year. Pryor's race against Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is key to the GOP's efforts to win control of the U.S. Senate.

Clinton also has raised money for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross, who got his start in politics driving Clinton around the state during the 1982 campaign, and for Democratic congressional hopefuls in central and southern Arkansas.

Clinton's visit comes after Republicans enlisted a parade of national figures to stump for their nominees, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. The GOP has used the visits to try and highlight how unpopular President Barack Obama and other national Democratic figures remain in Arkansas.

Democrats said the Jonesboro rally at Arkansas State University will also feature Gov. Mike Beebe, the two-term Democratic governor who has enjoyed high popularity despite the state trending Republican in recent years.

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  • TigerInArk
    September 29, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.

    Will Clinton remind voters at these rallies that a vote for Pryor is a vote for Obama? If you like what Obama has done in the last 6 years, then vote for Pryor.

  • Dontcallmenames
    September 29, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.

    Wonder why President Obama is not the one stumping for the Democrats?

  • HenryP
    September 29, 2014 at 11:52 a.m.

    Is Bill running for office? Never mind.....

  • Goad
    September 29, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.

    When R the Obama haters going to quit telling lies about a vote for Pryor is a vote for Obama. The President doesn't do legislation, the Senate does. Therefore, it is a lie to say the vote for a senator is a vote for the President.

  • dman
    September 29, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

    Actually, Goad, the Pres has been doing a pretty good job on his own legislating by executive order, since Congress and the Senate aren't doing their jobs. Every Senator, R & D, should be kicked out of office for working less than 10 days between August 1 and Novermber 5. None of them wants to put their name on endorsing the illegal "war" that's going on...all in the name of getting re-elected now and future.

  • carpenterretired
    September 29, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.

    Well in 2008 the financial system in the US had collapsed, the whole county was headed into another great depression and the last George W. Bush budget year 2009 deficit which started Sept. 2008 was a record 1.4 trillion and the US had two on the ground optional wars started by Cheney Bush, Obama inherited not only this but a total mess of every thing else from Bush.Henry Paulson created TARP which saved the banking sector that along with the Obama stimulus bill and auto bailout prevented another great depression. Indeed the sky was falling in 2008. But five years latter the budget deficit has been cut more than in half, banks are making record profits, the stock markets are at record highs,the auto industry is booming,yet the doom and gloom crowd keep crying that the sky is falling, but then they suffer great emotional distress over Obama being president.

  • outinthesticks
    September 29, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.

    "budget deficit has been cut more than in half" I need to find your tax accountant to do my taxes every year, if he can get away with this kind of math for you.

  • PopMom
    September 29, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

    Outinthesticks,

    The deficit has been cut--that is the amount by which our expenditures exceed what we bring in every year. The debt is still there. We are moving in the right direction though. With the economy looking up, we should get to 0 soon. The U.S. has lots of unused real estate here and there which could be sold to address the deficit without even touching our national parks etc.

    In addition to Obama's economic accomplishments, he has done a great job of keeping us safe.

  • Packman
    September 29, 2014 at 1:19 p.m.

    Is he bringing Monica?
    .
    Hey Goad - A vote for Mark Pryor is most assuredly a vote for BH Obama's liberal ways. A vote for Mark Pryor is a vote for the most liberal Supreme Court Justices EVER nominated to the court, by none other than BH Obama. Pryor supported the nominations of such liberal icons as Sonja "Affirmative Action Queen" Sotomayor, Elena "I Never Met A Gun Control Law I Didn't Like" Kagen, and dearly loves Ruth "AbortionsRUs" Ginsburg. There is more than one branch of government, Goad. A vote for Pryor is a vote for BH Obama and extreme liberalism to control 2 of the three branches. You do know we have three branches of government, right?
    .
    Hey PopMom - Didn't BH say he would erase the deficit? Yep. Yet another broken promise from the Liar-In-Chief.

  • TimberTopper
    September 29, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

    Yep just think of all the good that happened when the Republicans were last in power. Two wars fought off budget, but Chaney said that was the way we needed to do it. Seems we had a melt down of the economy, but to hear the Republican spin you might think Truman caused that. Go ahead fools vote for the Republicans, you'll be 70 when you get to start your Social Security, and Medicare. Of course your Social Security will be invested in the market, and maybe there will be money there when you need it, or not. Put your trust in the big American Corporation boys, and you'll be working less than 30 hours a week at minimum wages. The rich will own you, lock, stock and barrel. Can any of you say company store economy. It just may be in your future. Some of you will learn to kiss the rich mans butt. Good Luck! You'll say your prayers to the Koch brothers.

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