General Wesley Clark Stumps in Reno

By: Kara Tsuboi
By: Kara Tsuboi

Wesley Clark, John Kerry's former competitor in the Democratic primary, squeezed in one last campaign visit in Reno on behalf of the Massachusetts Senator.

In his 40 minute speech on national security, the retired Four-Star General for the US Army made a point to recognize the veterans in the largely Democratic audience.

General Clark told us that to be successful in military affairs, a President must utilize three tool sets: military, political and diplomatic. "Bush only used one and that's the military. And he didn't give our military leadersenough troops."

Senator Kerry, he argued, has the sound judgement and global perspective to be a more effective commander in chief. "I think John Kerry has a sense of empathy and a way of respecting other that will help bind the Democrats together. George Bush didn't have that."

Many people in the audience were former Clark supporters when he was still in the presidential running...but now staunchly support Kerry.

"I am 100% behind John Kerry. I got to know John Kerry when Wesley Clark threw his support behind him. I like to do my research on the candidates and issues and I couldn't be happier with the candidate we have," says Cindy Trigg, a former Clark supporter.

"When I read about his service in Vietnam, I saw that he had the character, the leadership ability, the desire and the ability to be a leader," adds Sam Knipmeyer, a Vietnam War Veteran.

In his closing words, General Clark implored the audience to vote on the serious issues of the election, not on character or partisan politics.

In response to General Clark's visit, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee told us that in their opinion--quote--"Wesley Clark is wrong to criticize the President and that Mr. Bush is doing what's needed to protect our homeland and make sure the Iraqi people achieve freedom. ANd that we take the fight to terrorists in Baghdad and Fallujah rather than Boston and Philadelphia."


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