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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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Archived Comments

  • AmericasDoomed
    September 29, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

    Clinton is a great symbol for the DIMocRATic party. Adulterous liar. Perfect.

  • lazybar
    September 29, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.

    wow you obozo lovers are really out of touch with reality. 6 years later and unemployeement still to high, we are still dropping to many bombs, and aca is going to tax the middleclass to death. our national security and credit rating is the lowest its ever been and our nation is deeply divided.

  • Packman
    September 29, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.

    That Bill Clinton continues to be a rock star for libs speaks volumes. Libs decry people like Ray Rice for violence against women (and rightfully so), while giving ole Bill a pass for sexually abusing an intern and treating women like play toys. Yep, libs will pretty much overlook the most reprehensible behavior imaginable from pols, so long as the libs support abortion on demand and global warming/global cooling/acid rain/climate change.

  • LevyRat
    September 29, 2014 at 6:42 p.m.

    Will there be BJs for all at this rally?

    Will we learn how to lie under oath??

    Yes, Mike Ross, this is exactly who you need as your new best friend .......... LOL

  • FreeSpiritMan
    September 29, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.

    outinthesticks ..... does not understand the difference between the budget deficit and the national debt. Don't be too hard on him, right wingers are not really as educated as democrats. It is just that simple.

  • HenryP
    September 29, 2014 at 7:46 p.m.

    While you have all these libs in one spot, I would like to ask one question, " why are 40 million people still on food stamps?"

  • PopMom
    September 29, 2014 at 7:55 p.m.

    HenryP,

    A few reasons. First, our educational system has not kept up with the increases in technology. Second, the poorest people are procreating the most, and many children need to be fed. Third, we traded many of the unskilled manufacturing jobs to other nations. The well educated in this country are doing pretty well.

  • Packman
    September 29, 2014 at 9:42 p.m.

    Hey Henry P - Why do we still have 40 million people without health insurance? Wasn't Obamacare supposed to take care of that?
    .
    Hey Pop - And don't forget all those "undocumented workers/Democrat voters" adding to the welfare rolls. But as you well know, the real culprit is failed liberal social policies.

  • PopMom
    September 30, 2014 at 6:16 a.m.

    Pack,

    The real culprit is a lack of education and a failure to advance economically. Many of these undocumented workers come from countries which lack decent education systems and poor infrastructures. Too many people do not try to limit the number of members in their families for which they can adequately provide. I am not a fan of welfare, but I am not a fan of the Republican plan for letting the multibillionaires take over and screw everybody else. The best approach is a sensible moderate plan of enabling people to help themselves and nurturing a society in which the upper class is less greedy and the lower class makes more prudent choices. Many poor people are very hardworking; they often have a combination of lack of opportunities, poor choices, and bad luck. Our education system should strive to teach people the importance of good choices in health and personal finance.

  • HOTDEMN
    September 30, 2014 at 12:37 p.m.

    There is a simple way to resolve this. VOTE. That is if you can vote after the Republican party has corrupted the process so badly in their favor by making it harder to vote for thousands of Arkansans.

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