by Max Brantley
It was a Beebe-Clinton lovefest this afternoon when Hillary Clinton made a brief public appearance across from the Capitol today and received the endorsement of Gov. Mike Beebe. She warmly praised his work as governor, too. Be sure to check our home page for another good Brian Chilson photo, this one of the candidate and the governor.
Clinton presidential campaign news release on jump. Our reporter, John Williams, says Beebe spoke first for about five minutes. "She knows the difference between Mountain View and Mountain Home," Beebe said.
Clinton spoke briefly hitting her agenda points on health care, children, environment and energy. She said she planned to campaign in Arkansas, which she said remains a part of her. She was surrounded afterward by folks toting books for her to sign. About 200 people turned out. The Capitol's perennial anti-abortion protester was on the fringe of the gathering.
Here's a squib from the Morning News on her earlier stop in Fayetteville, where two hundred turned out for a coffee shop appearance on Dickson Street.
After the rally, Clinton was scheduled to attend a young professionals fund-raiser at the Zoo and then finish the Arkansas swing with a big-dollar reception at the Edgehill home of Kaki Hockersmith and Max Mehlburger.
Check Rock Candy for how Young Dems plan to party down after the politicking.
UPDATE: Rep. Steve Harrelson's blog reports on Clinton's private meeting with legislators. He includes photos. She talked about duck hunting, among others.
CLINTON NEWS RELEASE
Calling her the Democrats’ best shot at winning Arkansas and the White House in 2008, Governor Mike Beebe today endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
“As the first lady of Arkansas, I watched Hillary Clinton stand up for working families by helping to organize Arkansas Advocates for Children and families and leading a taskforce to improve education standards across our great state,” Beebe said. “As a Senator I have applauded her work to strengthen the Children's Health Insurance program, which increases coverage for our children in low income and working families.
“Senator Clinton has the right vision for Arkansas and the right vision for America,” Beebe continued. “And that’s why I know she is the Democrat with the best chance of winning this state in November of 2008.”
Clinton and Beebe appeared together at a campaign event downtown Little Rock, where they were joined by hundreds of enthusiastic supporters.
Clinton applauded Beebe’s first seven months in office, highlighting his success in cutting the state grocery tax in half, creating new economic development projects that have brought new jobs to the state, expanding preschool programs in Arkansas, and fighting for children’s health insurance.
“Governor Beebe is one of those leaders who consistently over-delivers,” Clinton said. “I’m so proud, so grateful, and so honored for the support and friendship that he and his extraordinary wife, Ginger, have shown me. And I’m looking forward to traveling with them from one end of this state to the other – talking to people about why I’m the candidate with the most experience to bring real change to Washington.”
Mike Beebe was elected the 45th governor of Arkansas in 2006, following more than two decades of dedication to Arkansas public service. As a state senator and attorney general, Mike Beebe worked for more than 20 years to represent the people of Arkansas. First elected to the Arkansas Senate in 1982, Beebe has a proven track record of working across party lines and finding common sense solutions for the state’s problems.