Two Governors Campaign for Arkansas GOP Governor-Hopeful

NOVEMBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:37 a.m. CST

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) _ Two Republican governors and a third GOP member who wants to be a governor took time off from the campaign trail to watch the Arkansas-South Carolina football game at a community center in Fort Smith. Governors Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts were in town Saturday to campaign for Asa Hutchinson, the GOP nominee for Arkansas governor.

The group hosted a watch party for the televised football game at the Expo Center in Kay Rodgers Park.

Barbour cautioned the crowd that losing the governor's office to Democratic nominee Mike Beebe could cost the state. He said the people of Arkansas need to know that, even after years of progress under Republican Governor Mike Huckabee, the state can still go backwards if the reins are turned over to a Democrat.

Romney also encouraged those present to work to keep the state moving ahead. He said Arkansas's schools are better, health care is better, taxes are lower -- and it's because of people who put people first. He said that's the kind of man Hutchinson is.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)