Bill Clinton tries to shield Lincoln from voters' anger

Bill Clinton is on a mission to calm angry voters.

He stopped in Little Rock Friday for a rally with Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and told the crowd at Philander Smith College not to "vote your anger."

"All of Blanche Lincoln's opponents, from the Republican opponent on the right to her Democratic opponent, are really telling you, 'Stay mad. Don't think, go in there and vote your anger,'" Clinton said, according to the Arkansas New Bureau.

"Well, if you want somebody to channel your anger, you shouldn't vote for her," Clinton said. "But if you want somebody to get up and go to work and change your life for the better, you should vote for her."

Clinton made a similar pitch when stumping for Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) during the recent special House election. "Let me ask you something," he said at a rally in Johnstown. "Forget about politics. Think about decisions you made in your life when you were really mad. There's about an 80 percent chance you made a mistake. Isn't that right?"

It could become a similar refrain. In Little Rock, Clinton did not mention the controversy surrounding the White House's job offer to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.).

Earlier in the day, Lincoln's primary opponent claimed to have the momentum ahead of the June 8 runoff.

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D) told supporters he wasn't worried about Lincoln's "establishment support" but did not refer to Clinton by name.