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Thursday, August 14, 2003


Clark shows his cards

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, August 14, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
On CNN, Wesley Clark made these hedging-his-bets-comments:

General Clark, who, in fairness, we should say, we consider a friend, joins us tonight from Little Rock.

General, what say we make news here? Going to run?

GEN. WESLEY CLARK (RET.), FORMER NATO SUPREME COMMANDER: I haven't made a decision. It's not time to make a decision yet.

BROWN: There are those, general, who, in fact, would say that it is too late to make a decision. Assuming, and I do, that you really haven't made up your mind yet, are you concerned that if you decide you want to do this, it is too late to put organization and money together?


BROWN: Not at all?

CLARK: No, I'm not concerned about that.


CLARK: There's a tremendous groundswell of support out there in America for candidates who can offer the promise of leadership. And I see it every day in the mail and phone calls that are coming to me. And it's reflected, really, in the groundswell of support for Howard Dean, it's reflected in the concern of mainstream Democratic Party politicians for John Kerry. It's even reflected in California.

As Liberal Oasis notes, this is more a broadcast announcement of Veep candidacy than any presidential run. Check out the rest of the transcript and weigh in!


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