Tags: US | Arkansas | Senate | Democrats

Halter, Lincoln Both Claim to Defy Interest Groups

Friday, 14 May 2010 04:45 PM

 

Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter both cast themselves as enemies of special interests as they faced off in their final debate before Tuesday's Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.

Halter called Lincoln's campaign contributors a "who's who" of special interests and described her as part of a broken system in Washington.

"Sen. Lincoln has referred to herself as the rope in a tug-of-war between competing interests, constantly being pulled in different directions," Halter said. "Folks, as your United States senator, I won't be the rope. I'll be the guy pulling the rope on behalf of middle-class families."

Lincoln, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Washington, kept up her criticism of Halter as a darling of liberal groups and unions that are backing his bid.

"Today, the labor unions are funding my opponent in this primary because I don't agree 100 percent of the time," Lincoln said during the debate hosted by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and the Political Animals Club. Little Rock businessman D.C. Morrison also took part.

Lincoln has seen her approval ratings in Arkansas drop over the past year amid anger from both the right and left. Republicans have criticized her for supporting the health care overhaul, while liberal groups were frustrated that she opposed a government-run insurance option as part of it.

The race has been one of the most bitter and expensive in Arkansas history, with outside groups spending more than $5 million on radio and television ads, mailers and door-to-door visits.

Most polls show Lincoln leading Halter, but below the 50 percent support needed to win the nomination outright. Morrison, a poorly financed candidate who backs a repeal of the health care legislation, is threatening to pull away enough votes to force a Halter-Lincoln runoff June 8.

Lincoln, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, defended her legislation to limit banks' ability to profit from derivatives, which are complex financial tools. Lincoln pushed back against criticism that she introduced the legislation to shore up support in the primary.

"I stood up to special interests and produced the toughest bill of anybody in Washington," she said.

Halter responded by questioning whether the bill would be a "bait and switch," with weaker legislation introduced after the primary.

Both Lincoln and Halter bemoaned the tone of the race.

"I have not run a negative campaign," Lincoln said. "I have run a comparative campaign."

Referring to a mailer Lincoln sent about Halter's work with some drug companies, Halter said: "I don't know how you can characterize, Sen. Lincoln, elevating the campaign by putting the state's lieutenant governor's picture on a prescription pill bottle. That wasn't a third party. That was you."

Morrison, who said he was proud to run a poorly funded campaign, said he had a simple response to the negative ads exchanged between Halter and Lincoln.

"We just change the channel in our house," he said.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Boehner's State of Union Survival Tip: Stare at Obama's Head

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 19:07 PM

How to behave when 30 million Americans give your political nemesis their undivided attention in a televised speech and  . . .

Jeb Bush Signals Focus on Middle Class

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 21:15 PM

Jeb Bush is offering policy prescriptions to boost the country's lagging middle class as he edges toward a presidential  . . .

Cornyn Under Fire for Changing Name of Subcommittee He Heads

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 22:30 PM

Sen. John Cornyn is coming under fire for stripping the words "civil rights and human rights" from the name of a subcomm . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved