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Thursday, September 11, 2003


What Dreams May Come?

posted by Trammell at Thursday, September 11, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
No, you are not dreaming, you are awake, and you are reading a blog post at Dean Nation. Do not pinch yourself, there is no need, simply read on:
Gen. Clark Reportedly Is Asked to Join Dean

By Jim VandeHei and Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean has asked retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark to join his campaign, if the former NATO commander does not jump into the race himself next week, and the two men discussed the vice presidency at a weekend meeting in California, sources familiar with the discussions said.

Clark, in a telephone interview yesterday, said he did not want to comment about the private meeting. Asked about reports that the two men had discussed a wide range of issues, including endorsing Dean, joining the campaign, possible roles in a Dean administration and the vice presidency, he said only, "It was a complete tour of the horizon."

Later, an adviser quoted Clark as saying, "I have only one decision to make: Will I seek the presidency?"

It was the fourth time Dean and Clark have met face-to-face to discuss the campaign. No decisions were made at the California meeting because Clark is still considering a run for president. Clark is scheduled to make a speech Sept.19 at the University of Iowa, when many political insiders expect him to announce his intentions.

"Most of our conversations have been around my getting advice on defense, and sometime he asks me about domestic issues," Dean said in an interview yesterday. "This is a guy I like a lot. I think he's certainly going to be on everybody's list if he's not the presidential nominee himself."Dean declined to discuss their private conversations.
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