Bill Clinton to return to Little Rock to help Sen. Lincoln

Bill Clinton will make his first general-election appearance for Sen. Blanche Lincoln on Sept. 8.

The Arkansas Democrat announced Wednesday that Clinton will hold a joint rally with her in honor of Lincoln's "one-year anniversary as Senate Agriculture chairman," according to a release. The rally will be held at Little Rock's Historic Union Station.

Lincoln, "a seventh-generation Arkansan and farmer's daughter," said she was "grateful" to have the former president's support, and touted her stewardship of one of the state's vital industries.

"Agriculture is Arkansas's largest industry, accounting for more than 270,000 jobs, $9 billion in salaries and wages and adding $15 billion to our economy," Lincoln said in a statement. "As chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, which oversees nearly one-third of our state's economy, my top priority is utilizing this leadership position as a pipeline for jobs and economic opportunity for our state."

Lincoln is trailing her Republican opponent, Rep. John Boozman (Ark.), by double digits in most public polls.

Clinton had earlier helped Lincoln overcome primary rival Bill Halter with a last-minute Little Rock rally, which was recorded and used in a TV ad.

Lincoln recently told The Ballot Box that she expected another visit from Clinton after the August congressional recess.

"I told him to just get past [Chelsea's] wedding and we'd figure out when he wanted to come," she said. "He might want to wait until it cools down a little bit down there."