One calls himself a "Mike Beebe Democrat" (Mike Ross), while the other -- well, his relationship with the governor isn't exactly the warmest in the world (Bill Halter).
So will the Beebe support one over the other in what will most likely be one of the nastiest primaries in some time?
"No. No, it's been my -- it's been my philosophy all along, particularly as the titular head of the party, that I don't get involved in primaries," said Beebe. "Obviously, I'll go vote, but I'm not going to publicize who I'm going to vote for. I'm not going to do anything that in any way affects what has to be some degree of impartiality in the primary process by somebody sitting in my position. So, no, I won't get involved in the primary."
Primary elections are roughly a year away, but already four candidates -- two Democrats and two Republicans -- have announced their gubernatorial runs, with at least one more slated to announce on June 17, in State Representative Debra Hobbs (R) of Rogers. While choices are never a bad, Beebe thinks the whole campaign process is starting a little too early for most Arkansans.
"I think people get tired of having to constantly have political talk in terms of the election process," said Beebe, adding, "I think people would like to see a shorter election process. So, right now, I don't know that a whole lot of people -- other than the insiders for the respective candidates, the families and the workers and the campaigners -- I don't know that a lot of people are paying a lot of attention. But as it gets closer, it will ramp up."
And, according to Beebe, the out-of-state money will play a big part in the 2014 election process whether we like it or not.
"I don't think that's healthy, but that's the current mode of operation. I think sometimes that's counterproductive. I think a lot of negative campaigning ends up being counterproductive, too. I think people want to hear what you're going to do, rather than tearing down somebody else all of the time. At least that's my feeling."
You'll hear more from Governor Beebe on the issues most important to you all week long right here on KNWA as part of our exclusive series with the leader of the Natural State.