Clinton Makes It a Seven Figure Night for Arkansas Democratic Party

September 07, 2006 -- Posted at 10:24 p.m.

Little Rock, AR--  The former President came back to his home state to stump for Gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe and Arkansas Attorney General candidate and Jonesboro native Dustin McDaniel.

McDaniel welcomed former President Bill Clinton to a fundraiser for his campaign on Thursday.

"President Clinton was the Democratic Attorney General candidate 30 years ago.  Mike Beebe, I think will make a great governor and Mark Pryor is a great United States Senator.  I am very mindful of the big shoes there are to fill in that office.  It's a big deal for him to be here," said McDaniel.

Long time friends of Clinton, Bill and Barbara Clark, opened their Little Rock home for the McDaniel fundraiser.

With an added spark to his campaign by former President Clinton, McDaniel is hot on the campaign trail, addressing issues everyone is talking about.

"The voters are worried about gas prices, their electric bills, the future economy of Arkansas and quality schools for children.  I think those are some of the issues that will bring voters to the polls," said McDaniel.

McDaniel says winning the Attorney General's seat would give him the opportunity to be the voice for those left unheard.

"I am committed as Attorney General to giving all children educational opportunities, no matter the size of the town they live in," said McDaniel.

With elections still two months away the campaign trail will take him across the state, but he says he would not, and could not, ever forget his Northeast Arkansas roots.

"This is the reason KAIT is the only station here," said McDaniel, "The people of Northeast Arkansas have believed in me, they have supported me, they have helped me, and they have worked for me.  My pledge is to work hard to make them proud, and live up to their expectations, and to do a good job for the people of Arkansas," said McDaniel.

Clinton also made a stop at Alltel Arena for Mike Beebe's campaign fundraiser.

He addressed the crowd at Beebe's "Fish and Frog-Leg Fundraiser."

It's estimated that Clinton's appearance raised about $600,000 for Beebe's campaign and another $400,000 for the Arkansas Democratic Party.

Both candidates will continue to campaign around the state leading up to election on November 7th.