Fire up the Bubba-is-more-popular-than-Obama meme machine! Former President Bill Clinton has announced three political events for southern candidates, and a spokesman hints there are more to come.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) was the first on Wednesday to announce Clinton would join her in his native Arkansas to “celebrate my first year as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.” Clinton helped Lincoln boost enthusiasm during her competitive Democratic primary against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. She prevailed in a run-off, thanks in part to a Clinton rally. But she’s now badly trailing Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) for the general election.
Lincoln’s Sept. 8 event in Little Rock will be held the same day as a fundraiser for Democrat Chad Causey in Arkansas’ 1st Congressional district, Politico reported. The former president endorsed Causey in a runoff in June.
Clinton will also headline a rally for gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter (D-TN) in Nashville on Sept. 9. The McWherter campaign alerted supporters in an email today.
TPMDC asked a Clinton spokesman if there were about to be more rallies announced, given his success on the trail earlier this summer. He wouldn’t tip his hand other than, “You’ll see a lot of him.”
Clinton is, after all, more popular than Obama.
Still, the White House says Obama will be on the campaign trail plenty in the coming weeks, and Vice President Joe Biden will be doing a stumping blitz of his own with events planned in more than a dozen states.