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Tuesday, August 12, 2003


Clark to run?

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, August 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The Boston Globe reports that Clark is on the verge of declaring his candidacy. As Tapped points out, this will have the beneficial effect of raising the debate, and helping to shield all Democratic candidates from the perception that they are weak on defense. However, there's a distinct lack of articulation of a coherent foreign policy and national defense platform so far.

It's certain that a Dean-Clark ticket would be a dream combination. But there's simply no political incentive for Clark to announce anything less than a run for the top dog. I predict that both Clark and Dean are watching the other looking for signs of compatibility, and should Clark announce his candidacy, watch for a lot of respect between them when they share a stage.


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