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Signs Hillary Will Tap Clark as VP
Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2007 | Amanda Carpenter

Posted on 11/29/2007 9:23:03 AM PST by Kaslin

Hillary Clinton has been working closely with decorated anti-war retired Gen. Wesley Clark on foreign policy, fueling rumors he could be vice-president on a “Clinton-Clark” ticket in 2008.

In recent months Clark has joined Clinton several times on the campaign trail, has been publishing a number of profile-raising editorials, and is making a substantial effort to keep his slick PAC website updated with his media schedule. He also promotes email campaigns that solicit names and contact information, as he did in his recent push to remove Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces Radio.

Clinton’s 2002 vote to authorize President Bush to use force in Iraq has haunted her, but having a former military general as a running mate could boost her foreign policy credentials on the campaign trail. In 1999, Clark led efforts to remove Slobodan Milosevic during the Kosovo War as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and has been an outspoken critic of the Iraq war.

Clark also has presidential campaign experience, as he unsuccessfully ran for president in 2004. Like Clinton’s husband Bill, Clark is also originally from Arkansas, which could help Clinton’s standing in southern states.

Independent of his work with Clinton, Clark is positioning himself as an authority who could stave off a future war with Iran planned by President Bush. Two weeks before he endorsed Clinton for president, Clark released his memoir “Time to Lead” in which he claims a “senior general” told him after 9/11 that the Bush administration planned to bring regime change in seven Middle Eastern countries, which include Iraq and Iran, by 2006. The other five countries allegedly included in this plan were Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Iran.

So, are the rumors true? Is Clark preparing to jump on a 2008 ticket with Clinton?

Here’s a look at how they’ve been working together over the past few months.

September 4: Releases his memoir “A Time to Lead” that claims the Bush Administration plotted regime change in seven Middle Eastern countries after 9/11.

September 9: Writes in The Independent that the “The US should take a lead in talking to Iran – now.” This is a position he modifies later after Clinton rules out negotiations with Iran in a televised Democratic debate.

September 16: Formally endorses Clinton for president.

September 16: Defends Clinton on CNN when Wolf Blitzer asks if she was right to say in a televised Democratic presidential debate that she would not engage in talks with Iran.

Clark says, “Senator Clinton is exactly right. You don't go to these summit meetings at the head of state level without knowing what's going to happen there. You always have some deliverables when you have a meeting like that. You don't run out as president of the United States and start shaking hands with people and say, “Gee, what can we talk about?’ These things are worked intensively behind the scenes because each one of these meetings carries consequences. And you want to make sure you get the right consequences.”

September 16: Publishes an op-ed in the Washington Post titled “The Next War” that suggests the U.S. will take military action against Iran.

September 18: Holds a conference call with liberal blogs like MyDD and TalkLeft.

September 19: Attends a New York town hall fundraising event with Clinton

September 19: Appears on the Daily Show with John Stewart

September 20: Appears with Clinton at a New York fundraiser

September 27: Launches an email campaign to get conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s program removed from Armed Forces Radio through his “Help Democrats” website.
On October 12 Paul Greenburg, editorial director of the Clark’s home state’s Arkansas Democrat*Gazette, calls this effort “sad.” 

October 14: Publishes an op-ed in the influential New Hampshire Union Leader titled “Clinton's approach deters a rush to war” that defends Clinton’s vote in favor of a non-binding resolution sponsored by Sen. Jon Kyl (R.-Ariz.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I.-Conn.) to label Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization.

October 15-16: Campaigns with Clinton in Iowa.

Mid-October: Clinton sends a mailer to Iowa activists in which Clark defends her vote to authorize Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.

October 16: Delivers a lecture at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service and the Arkansas Committee on Foreign Relations.

October 26: Appears on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Mahr”

October 30: Blogs at Daily Kos and defends Clinton’s vote to label Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as foreign terrorist organization, but says the U.S. should also talk to Iran. Clark wrote, “Use sanctions against their terrorist elements as a way of underscoring our purpose, but talk, and talk without pre-conditions to explore their interests, understand their motives, and seek some common interests.”

October 31: The New York Observer reported Clark fires up the crowd for Clinton at the MSNBC debate. Journalist Jason Horowitz’s article says: “In front of the dozens of Hillary volunteers, Wesley Clark stood on top of a short white stepstool in a dark suit yelling into a bullhorn. ‘And she’s got a secret weapon,’ said the retired general and Clinton supporter. ‘Hillary is a great person. She’s warm. I like her. Don’t you like her?”

October 31: Campaigns with Clinton in New Hampshire.

November 8: Finishes his three-part series in Fortune magazine about the “nature of power.”

November 15: Writes an op-ed for the Financial Times urging Turkey not to invade Iraqi Kurdistan.

November 19: Makes a “surprise” appearance with Clinton at an unscheduled campaign stop at a diner in Des Moines, Iowa. They both ordered fruit bowls. Later that day a writer on the liberal MyDD.com declares Clinton-Clark would be his “dream ticket.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; democratparty; elections; hillary; hillaryveep; wesleyclark
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1 posted on 11/29/2007 9:23:06 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I have said that for months. Hillary needs national security credentials, read gravitas.


2 posted on 11/29/2007 9:24:07 AM PST by kabar
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To: Kaslin

Well I guess two as*holes are better than one.....

Meadow Muffin


3 posted on 11/29/2007 9:24:18 AM PST by rwgal
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To: Kaslin

First poof on a major party ticket?


4 posted on 11/29/2007 9:25:17 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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To: Kaslin

It won’t happen, because Clark brings no electoral votes to the Clinton camp.

She will tap a politician who can bring the electoral votes of his state.


5 posted on 11/29/2007 9:25:29 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Kaslin


Vice President Ashley Wilkes
6 posted on 11/29/2007 9:27:03 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: TomGuy

I think it will be Richardson. Hillary can control him.


7 posted on 11/29/2007 9:29:05 AM PST by BARLF
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To: rwgal

Col. Kerr seems to agree with you!


8 posted on 11/29/2007 9:29:53 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Kaslin

How can she be so ungrateful??!!

After all the effort Bill Richardson has been putting out shilling for her, covering for her.

He’s all but begged publicly for the job.


9 posted on 11/29/2007 9:30:08 AM PST by sinanju
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To: Miss Didi

Do you think Clark will come out before or after she taps him?


10 posted on 11/29/2007 9:31:01 AM PST by mimaw
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To: Kaslin

I thought it would be Richardson, but he has had no traction in this election. Now, I am thinking the former VA governor.....Warner. I think it needs to be from a swing state or red state


11 posted on 11/29/2007 9:36:16 AM PST by ilgipper
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To: Kaslin

This is awesome!! Hillary is choosing a general that was FIRED from NATO by her husband for wanting to expand the war in Bosnia. Let’s see her try to spin that one.


12 posted on 11/29/2007 9:39:37 AM PST by LetsRok
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To: kabar

Me, too. She came out for him originally in the last election and then QUICKLY changed her tune to “Whoever gets it, I’ll support”.


13 posted on 11/29/2007 9:40:09 AM PST by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: Kaslin

Any other drape measuring going on?


14 posted on 11/29/2007 9:40:17 AM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: kabar
Hillary needs national security credentials, read gravitas.

Clark is a steer......

15 posted on 11/29/2007 9:42:37 AM PST by Osage Orange (molon labe)
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To: Kaslin
Well, she has to choose someone, since she's absolutely convinced she'll be the next POTUS.
16 posted on 11/29/2007 9:44:05 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: ilgipper

I think the top contenders are Warner of VA and Bayh of IN.

Both have accompanied her on foreign trips, IIRC. Both come from states that have significant electoral votes.


17 posted on 11/29/2007 9:45:30 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: mimaw
Do you think Clark will come out before or after she taps him?

Hee hee...you said Hillary! would tap Clark. There's a dirty joke punchline in there somewhere, I'm just too busy to think of it.

18 posted on 11/29/2007 9:45:47 AM PST by CT-Freeper (Said the frequently disappointed but ever optimistic Mets fan.)
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To: Kaslin

Hitlery will tap Osama Obama.


19 posted on 11/29/2007 9:46:54 AM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Yo-Yo

Nope, by the time the Rat nomination is decided, the two of them will be at each other’s throats.


20 posted on 11/29/2007 9:48:04 AM PST by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: Kaslin

signs I will have to move


21 posted on 11/29/2007 9:48:37 AM PST by enough_idiocy (www.daypo.net/test-iraq-war.html)
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To: TomGuy

Which Warner? The young one or the old fart?


23 posted on 11/29/2007 9:49:42 AM PST by mimaw
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To: TomGuy

Warner is running for Senate in VA.

He dropped out of the Presidential race on grounds he needed to “spend more time with his family.” IOW, skeletons that preclude seeking high office had been found.

Who do you suppose found them?


24 posted on 11/29/2007 9:49:53 AM PST by freespirited (I'm voting for the GOP nominee.)
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To: Kaslin

Well we now know who the weakest spineless nobody is


25 posted on 11/29/2007 9:50:16 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Moveon is not us...... Moveon is the enemy)
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To: TomGuy

I suppose Warner is a loser for us either way. If he runs for the Senate they are almost sure to gain that VA seat. If he runs for VP then the Dems are likely to win VA and we can hardly afford to lose those EV’s, which have gone GOP since 1968. Pretty sad.

Clark came across as such a flip flopper and loser in ‘04 I think maybe he will hurt Hillary.


26 posted on 11/29/2007 9:51:07 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: BARLF
I think it will be Richardson. Hillary can control him.

Yeah, Richardson or some other subservient political dwarf who won't overshadow her majestic persona.

27 posted on 11/29/2007 9:56:38 AM PST by HAL9000 (Fred Thompson/Mike Huckabee 2008)
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; Kaslin

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I wish to state that I have never previously alleged that clark has a long “bi” history


28 posted on 11/29/2007 9:57:43 AM PST by devolve (---- -Secret_Asian_Man_&_Dr.No-No_Sorass_-)
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To: RichInOC

Poof / Poof


29 posted on 11/29/2007 9:58:48 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Kaslin

Aren’t Hillary and Clark two of the myriad Dems who only found out they were part Jewish in their fifties? I know Hillary is only by marriage but still the question arises,” Would they keep a Kosher White House?”


30 posted on 11/29/2007 10:01:22 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: Kaslin

Holy crap. The a$$hole that tried to start World War III in Serbia/Kosovo is going to have a shot at VP??


31 posted on 11/29/2007 10:01:30 AM PST by Centurion2000 (False modesty is as great a sin as false pride.)
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To: Kaslin

IF true, then that’s two faggot generals Hillary has on her side. Clark and Kerr.

I can just see it now. Hillary’s all GAY army.

There they go, marching by, SWISH,SWISH,SWISH,SWISH.

Here they are fighting the enemy, “OH BABY, GIMME THAT MISSILE ONE MORE TIME!”


32 posted on 11/29/2007 10:01:55 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (- Attention all planets of the solar Federation--Secret plan codeword: Banana)
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To: Kaslin

Two robots for the price of one? With Soros pulling the strings and Bill called upon to explain why the messes they make are not really messes, just your imagination?


33 posted on 11/29/2007 10:02:54 AM PST by penowa
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To: Kaslin
This Wesley Clark: The Guy Who Almost Started World War III?
34 posted on 11/29/2007 10:05:46 AM PST by McGruff (A "Big Time" Fred Thompson supporter!)
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To: Kaslin

Beauty! Two nut jobs on the same ticket. Yes. Some other choices for VP I suggest is Kerry or Al - both excellent alternative choices for hilderbeast.


35 posted on 11/29/2007 10:06:19 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Kaslin

Aren’t we beginning to see a PATTERN here with Hillary’s followers (staff, VP choice, political appointees, etc)

They have to be GLBT, have a criminal history or of making criminal decisions, and be short one can of a six-pack.


36 posted on 11/29/2007 10:07:16 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (- Attention all planets of the solar Federation--Secret plan codeword: Banana)
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To: Bitsy

I have a hunch that Joe Biden is a very strong possibility......

At the last debate, they were almost throwing kisses to each other accross the stage.


37 posted on 11/29/2007 10:11:54 AM PST by yorkie
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To: Kaslin

Until his “posse comitatus” for the Branch Dividians comes out.


38 posted on 11/29/2007 10:15:13 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: Kaslin
Well, even though we don't know where Bill stands on the war, there's no doubting where Wesley Clark stands...here's a twofer of quotes from my "favorite" ex-General from January 7, 2007.
The report of the Iraq Study Group is widely seen as a formal confirmation of US failure in Iraq.

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What the surge would do, however, is put more American troops in harm’s way, further undercut US forces’ morale, and risk further alienation of elements of the Iraqi populace. American casualties would probably rise, at least temporarily, as more troops are on the streets; we saw this when the brigade from Alaska was extended and sent into Baghdad last summer. And even if the increased troop presence initially intimidates or frustrates the contending militias, it won’t be long before they find ways to work around the obstacles to movement and neighbourhood searches, if they are still intent on pursuing the conflict. All of this is not much of an endorsement for a troop surge that will impose real pain on the already overstretched US forces.


39 posted on 11/29/2007 10:15:42 AM PST by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com; http://starcmc.wordpress.com/ - The Enemedia is inside the gates.)
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To: Kaslin
Who would want to work with the witch? BJ is going to be her ‘go to guy’ for everything. The VP position would be a waste of tax-payer money. Clark would be one of the dumbest VP’s on record. The DUmmies love him, so that has to tell you something.
41 posted on 11/29/2007 10:22:47 AM PST by casino66 ( If I vote Dem I'll get everything 'free')
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To: Kaslin

I saw Clark at at Town Hall with Paula Zahn and got to hear the conversations when the camera was not running. Refused to shake his hand afterward. He is an embarrassment to all military people. Within the military there is a rumor that his last couple of commands were very happy to see him leave. They could not stand him because he had already converted from being a general to being a politician. I think that some of his former staffers who have retired should really let the world know what the jerk is like.


42 posted on 11/29/2007 10:26:38 AM PST by Martins kid
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To: Kaslin


Lo and behold: another sign that Hillary is in trouble with the military

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43 posted on 11/29/2007 10:29:04 AM PST by OESY
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To: Kaslin
So we have yet another ARKANSAN in the running? Hillary & Clark will sweep Arkansas over Mike Huckabee.

sw

45 posted on 11/29/2007 10:37:41 AM PST by spectre (spectre's wife (It's Illegal immigration, Stupid)
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To: Kaslin
Signs Hillary Will Tap Clark as VP

Just when I think it can't get any worse if Hitlery were to become President, this proves me wrong. It would absolutely be worse if this U.N.-driven globalist pinko liberal ex military goof was put in the co-pilot's seat.

46 posted on 11/29/2007 10:39:48 AM PST by OB1kNOb (Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He is THE true conservative candidate.)
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To: Martins kid

This is an amusing speculation in two aspects.

First...Wes can’t bring a single state from the electoral college. I can’t think of a single region where he has any popular support. The idea that Wes would even be willing to take orders from Hillary is funny enough by itself

Second...if chosen to be VP....a huge number of us who were in the military and under him...will lay out how incompetent he is as a general officer. We also will lay out how he basically tossed our concept of warfare....and allowed the president of the US to personally select targets (or his staff at the WH)...and the military had to build an entire network to support this new concept of warfare. Almost every targeting specialist for the war...just sat there and laughed the entire way through each day’s selection process. Wes...on a scale of one to ten compared against Robert E. Lee....would have been a negative twelve.


47 posted on 11/29/2007 10:42:05 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

“Wes...on a scale of one to ten compared against Robert E. Lee....would have been a negative twelve.”

Clark does not need to be just a few heartbeats from being Commander in Chief.


48 posted on 11/29/2007 10:44:59 AM PST by Martins kid
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To: yorkie

At the last debate, they were almost throwing kisses to each other accross the stage.

OK, now you can come over and clean up my keyboard! Ugggg, what a visual that was. Yuck!


49 posted on 11/29/2007 11:01:11 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Kaslin

You mean she’s not going to choose Obama, the Magic Negro (as he is described by Al Sharpton)?


50 posted on 11/29/2007 11:22:51 AM PST by SuziQ
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