Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) has a new ad featuring former President Bill Clinton, her state’s former governor and favorite son, attacking the national labor unions for going after her in the contested Democratic primary runoff.
The ad uses footage of Bill at a rally for Lincoln last week. Bill is shown pointing out a newspaper article to the audience. “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,” Bill says, then adding after a quick cut: “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.”
Lincoln has been aggressively targeted by organized labor and liberal activists, who are supporting Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, as a result of her opposition to the public option during the health care reform debates. She did ultimately vote for the health care bill that passed in Congress and was signed into law by President Obama, which did not include a public option.