Trump, Cruz Return To Arkansas, Bill Clinton Robo Calls Begin

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump at a Tea Party rally in September 2015.
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The Presidential campaign continues to stir activity across Arkansas with less than a week before the primary election. On the heels of Marco Rubio's visit to Little Rock Sunday, Donald Trump, who has been to the state twice for events, plans to speak at noon on Saturday at the regional airport in Bentonville. Ted Cruz, whose campaign says he has been here five times, is expected to attend church in Northwest Arkansas, then attend a rally in central Arkansas.

THE ANTI-TRUMP EFFORT

The Club for Growth, known for its row with former Gov. Mike Huckabee, is spending money in Arkansas to oppose Donald Trump. Club for Growth Action, a political arm of the Club for Growth, announced the release of a 30-second television ad that will air, starting Wednesday, on broadcast, cable, and satellite television in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and on digital platforms. The total ad buy is approximately $1 million.

“Club for Growth Action will continue to expose the truth about Donald Trump’s long liberal record of support for higher taxes, national health care, and government bailouts,” said Club for Growth Action president David McIntosh. “The ad that will air in Oklahoma and Arkansas worked to bring Trump’s polling averages down in Iowa. During the time a CFG Action ad ran in South Carolina, his numbers also declined by more than five points. As CFG Action has shown throughout this campaign, there is no greater indictment of how terrible Donald Trump would be as president than his own words.”

BILL CLINTON CAMPAIGNING IN ARKANSAS ALREADY?

Meanwhile Bill Clinton's voice is making the rounds across Arkansas on behalf of his wife, Hillary. Her campaign has started a recorded message campaign to encourage early voting and primary day voting for Hillary Clinton. The former Arkansas governor and two-term President from the Natural State’s voice may wind up on your phone line, depending on your party affiliation.

In the recording, former President Clinton says, “We Americans have a right to have a say in our democracy, because of the sacrifice of so many others in the past. And right now we’ve got a chance to restore broad-based prosperity, to get a lot of good new jobs and rising wages. We’ve got so many other things we can do but we have to make your voice heard, no matter what.”

The last day to vote early in Arkansas is Monday, Feb. 29. Next Tuesday, the state will be one of several states as part of the SEC Primary.