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President Bill Clinton Leads 2 Campaign Rallies In Northwest Arkansas

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)- President Bill Clinton attended campaign rallies in Fayetteville and Rogers on Tuesday (Oct. 7). Clinton attended a rally at the Unio...

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)- President Bill Clinton attended campaign rallies in Fayetteville and Rogers on Tuesday (Oct. 7).

Clinton attended a rally at the Union Plaza on the University of Arkansas campus Tuesday morning. After getting lunch at Hugo's restaurant in Fayetteville, Clinton attended a second rally in Rogers at the John Q. Hammons Center.

The president also attended rallies in Conway and Jonesboro on Monday (Oct. 6).

"Can we run anything all by ourselves?" Clinton said. "The banks, the economy, the police force, the military---is there anything we can do all by ourselves? No. But together, we can do anything."

The rallies are part of a four-city campaign swing by the president to show support for democrats throughout Arkansas.

"These elections that occur when there's no candidate for president on the ballot are every bit as  important to your future as the elections when there is a presidential candidate on the ballot," Clinton said.

Two high-profile races, one for a U.S. Senate seat and the other for an open governor's seat, have put Arkansas in the national spotlight.

The Senate race pits the Democratic incumbent, Mark Pryor, against U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)

"Arkansas comes first," Pryor said. "This is what I mean right here. The people in this room, you are Arkansas. You come first to me."

The race to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe features Democrat Mike Ross against Republican Asa Hutchinson.

"We are going to build on what Gov. Beebe has started," Ross said. "We are not going to turn the clock back. We are going to build on what he started, and we are going to build a brighter future."

Clinton has endorsed Pryor and Ross in those contests and said Tuesday both men deserve to win their respective races.

"I know what works and what works is when we do it together," Clinton said. "Mark Pryor and Mike Ross are together politicians."

The president's most important message at both rallies in Northwest Arkansas was an encouragement to go out and vote, he said.

"You got more at stake in this election than people like me," Clinton said. "I have more yesterdays than tomorrows. You've got more tomorrows than yesterdays, and you better show up and protect your tomorrows."

Early voting begins Oct. 20. Election Day is Nov. 4.

Click here to see the Republican reaction to Clinton's visit.