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Vice President Mike Pence will campaign in Little Rock next week for U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., who political science experts say faces the toughest re-election bid among Arkansas' four Republican congressmen.

Pence, a Republican from Indiana, is set to appear at a rally supporting Hill on Sept. 21 at the Statehouse Convention Center. The rally will be free to the public, but those hoping to attend must RSVP, state Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said in an email Thursday to supporters.

Hill, who was first elected to represent Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District in 2014, is being challenged by Little Rock Democrat Clarke Tucker, a state representative and attorney, and Maumelle Libertarian Joe Swafford. The district covers seven central Arkansas counties.

"I am honored to have the Vice President in central Arkansas next week to stress the importance of getting out to vote in November," Hill said Thursday. "Maintaining a majority in Congress that wants to work with the Administration is vital to keeping our pro-growth agenda working and in place. We need to continue to deliver pro-family and pro-business policies; not more big government policies like a Medicare for All (opt-in) program which my opponent supports. As a former governor of Indiana, the Vice President understands the challenges Arkansas faces in creating a stronger economy. But he also understands the great possibilities we possess for further economic expansion. Vice President Pence will deliver a great message."

Tucker said Thursday that Pence's involvement shows that the Hill campaign recognizes the incumbent is vulnerable because of an "indefensible" record.

"It makes sense that Vice President Pence would come to Arkansas because he and Congressman Hill both support a policy that makes health care either much more difficult or impossible for the million people in this state that have a pre-existing condition," Tucker said. "It also makes sense because Congressman Hill is a reliable party-line voter and has generally failed in Congress' duty to represent the people in their districts by providing a check and balance on the administration."

Pence was scheduled to visit and make a public appearance in Little Rock in March 2017, but that visit was canceled shortly before. The visit would have coincided with a planned vote on a controversial health care bill in the U.S. House, but that particular vote was ultimately canceled.

The Sept. 21 rally is scheduled to start at 4:45 p.m. and conclude at 5:45 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

Those wanting to attend the rally can RSVP at

Metro on 09/14/2018

Print Headline: Vice President Mike Pence to stump for U.S. Rep. French Hill in Little Rock; Tucker says rival vulnerable


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  • PopMom
    September 14, 2018 at 6:31 a.m.

    Penalizing people with a preexisting condition is not "pro-family"; it is pro insurance company. French Hill cares only about banks and big businesses; he cares nothing about the people. The Republicans want to keep their monopoly on Arkansas politicians.

  • RBear
    September 14, 2018 at 6:36 a.m.

    Good point, PM. Hill's lack of any real response to the impact trade tariffs had on Arkansas farmers is even more evidence that he doesn't want to make waves in DC, lest he be excluded from all the cool parties. The ACA has now proven to be working in spite of Republican attempts to destroy it. Premiums have stabilized across the nation to rates in line with inflation. More people have health coverage and some carriers are re-entering the marketplace now that the marketplace has stabilized.
    Republican lawmakers are now backing away from dismantling it and embracing it in some cases. Hill is on the wrong side of the American public if he continues to follow the party line from Trump. Tucker's points are valid and in line with public sentiment.

  • WGT
    September 14, 2018 at 7:03 a.m.

    PopMom is exactly right. People thinking and acting as republicans do now, are derelict, irresponsible, dangerous, and have to be put into the margin to allow common sense solutions to rise to the benefit of society. Religious rightwing rhetoric is a mental defect. The implications are evident in the present political climate. Save yourself. Save society. Vote Democrat.

  • GeneralMac
    September 14, 2018 at 9:10 a.m.

    Clarke Tucker/Nancy Pelosi

    Imagine if Hillary had won the election.

    Picture Elizabeth Warren on the United States Supreme Court wearing a black robe, headband, and a feather in the headband.

  • drs01
    September 14, 2018 at 9:21 a.m.

    Tucker's latest TV ad shows that he is being bossed around by a bunch of women in his life. Pelosi will make him out to be the frail, weak, pantywaist he is when he kisses her ass for committee appointments.

  • abb
    September 14, 2018 at 9:27 a.m.

    Tucker Clarke/Sarah Brady
    Tucker Clarke/Nancy Pelosi
    Tucker Clarke/VI Lenin

  • GeneralMac
    September 14, 2018 at 9:33 a.m.

    Clarke Tucker is like play dough.

    You can mold him into anything you want by using his favorite word " but".

  • GeneralMac
    September 14, 2018 at 9:38 a.m.

    If Elizabeth Warren snapped her fingers, Clarke Tucker would wear a headband and a feather and do a war dance with her.

    Clarke Tucker reminds me of those old automobile ......." adapter kits" ..from the 1950's that made one size fits all .

    (Johnny Cash mentioned them in a song " one piece at a time " "

    Clarke Tucker's " adapter kit" is the word "but ".

  • RBear
    September 14, 2018 at 9:40 a.m.

    drs really? That's what you took from the ad? Are you for real? Let's just chalk that comment up to more sexist stupidity.

  • mrcharles
    September 14, 2018 at 9:40 a.m.

    Perhaps the pence will chastise hill for not introducing a bill to make creationism the required biology theory. Or will hill be told not to be alone with a woman who is not his wife.

    As to health care, if you were meant to die undergoing medical treatment is just messing up the divine plan. Just because some say in a judeo-christian nation, in a civilized county in the 2nd decade of the 21st century that if we make a big deal about being americans, does not mean that in fact we care about them... for example the out rage over the poor souls who died on 9/11 that even conservatives fawned over their loss, was soon replaced by the standard operational procedure of conservatives of bad mouthing , hating and not giving a hoover dam about these same people who were not white or christian almost before the mourning was over.