“Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He better have a bodyguard.”
"Jesse Helms said that to a News & Observer reporter back in 1995. Even though North Carolina wasn’t as rabidly anti-Clinton as Helms was, this was never a friendly state to him. While Clinton carried a number of states in the South during his elections in the 1990s, North Carolina rejected him twice. In 1992 Tar Heel voters narrowly opted for George Bush, making Clinton the first Democrat to win nationwide without North Carolina, despite an aggressive campaign here. In 1996, Clinton fell further, losing by 4 points to Bob Dole despite a better showing nationally. And after he left office, Clinton’s shadow lingered over North Carolina, and connections to the former president helped sink Erskine Bowles in his 2002 and 2004 senatorial campaigns."