Clinton arrived Saturday evening for the dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock. Mike Ross is seeking the democratic nomination for governor.
Curtis Coleman and Asa Hutchinson will meet in the Republican primary later this month.
Before Clinton dove into politics on Saturday night, he wanted to offer his condolences to the tornado victims.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the people who lost loved ones and their homes in that terrible tornado," Clinton said, "When I was governor we led America every year with the number of tornadoes we had. We got better with warning systems but as we saw from this last one, it comes quick and hard there's still no doubt that mother nature is still in the saddle."
Clinton will tour the damage tomorrow with Governor Mike Beebe.
Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.