<div style="text-align: center"><img src="/files/u2/clintonindelrio_0.jpg" height="94" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="125" /></div>How important are rural votes in the current race for the Democratic nomination? Real important, says one rural Arkansan.<br /><br />In Mississippi today to campaign for his wife, former president Bill Clinton said Hillary Clinton's ability to pull votes out of rural America — and Sen. Barack Obama's strength in the cities — make them an "unstoppable force." Clinton <a href="http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2008/03/wjc_clintonobam.html " target="_blank">responded to questions from NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli</a> about a Clinton/Obama (or Obama/Clinton) ticket:<br /><br />"I know that she has always been open to it, because she believes that if you can unite the energy and the new people that he's brought in and the people in these vast swaths of small town and rural America that she's carried overwhelmingly, if you had those two things together she thinks it'd be hard to beat," Clinton said after an event at Pass Christian High School on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. "I mean you look at the, you look at the, you look at the map of Texas and the map in Ohio. And the map in Missouri...But you look at most of these places, he would win the urban areas and the upscale voters, and she wins the traditional rural areas that we lost when President Reagan was president. If you put those two things together, you'd have an almost unstoppable force."