Race for the White House: Clark Campaign
The Hiller Instinct: Race for the White House: Clark Campaign
Wesley Clark (D) Presidential Candidate
"Well, we're going to change things in this country... thanks a lot for being here."
Wesley Clark has already changed plenty! He's shaken up the democratic race and quickly established himself as a top tier candidate.
So far all most voters know is that he's a former four-star general and NATO supreme allied commander, who has never run for office, but in New Hampshire today he cleverly promised they'll know more soon…
"And I will be coming out with a series of policy proposals just as quick as I can do it. I've been in the race about ten days and I'm proud to say I have a better jobs program in ten days than George Bush has had in two and a half years."
Wesley Clark, Sept. 17
Since jumping into the race last week, Clark's political inexperience has already become an issue. He initially said he probably would have voted to authorize the war in Iraq, but flip-flopped a day later, saying, "I never would have voted for war."
In his first debate as a candidate yesterday, Clark proved he's a quick study…
"If I've learned one thing in my nine days in politics, you better be careful with hypothetical questions."
And in the same debate, Clark tried to cancel his past praise for George W. Bush…
"We elected a president we thought was a compassionate conservative. Instead we got neither conservatism nor compassion. We got a man, who recklessly cut taxes; we got a man, who recklessly took us into war with Iraq."
Wesley Clark is a question mark, who hopes to become an exclamation point. His quick success shows how soft support for the other democrats is, but what happens when voters give Clark a hard look?
Right now, 7News and Suffolk University are calling likely democratic primary voters in New Hampshire to find out and we'll tell you the results starting Monday on 7News at 5 p.m. You won't have to speculate about Clark's impact on this campaign. You'll know!