Retired General Wesley Clark just completed a conference call on behalf of Hillary Clinton. To say that the general is a Clinton supporter would be an understatement: Clark literally gushed with his enthusiasm for Clinton, calling her “incredibly gracious and warm, personable and candid” and “a tremendous intellect.” He also called her “incredibly bright, intuitive and decisive.”
General Clark said he has known Clinton since 1983, when she was the first lady in Arkansas. He met her at a conference, which she attended as the stand-in for husband, then the governor. He said he watched her emerge as the leader of the group. Since then, he has watched her participate in various events and has seen her in troop visits. Clark repeatedly said that Clinton is the most experienced candidate in the race, saying she has “seen and done it all.” He believes that she understands issues even better than John McCain. In response to a question about the events in Pakistan, Clark said Clinton was the one who put out a great statement and continues to speak about the issues in the region. He denounced the comments made by Obama advisor David Axelrod yesterday as “outrageous, fallacious, and way over the top.”
Clark has campaigned for Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire. He said that the ground game is very well organized. He admitted that the Clinton campaign started behind in Iowa but the Des Moines Register endorsement has really helped the campaign. He reminded us that Iowa is a state where no major posts have ever gone to a woman; nevertheless, he expects Clinton will be strong there. The race in New Hampshire has tightened up but Clinton will do well. He said he’s not “overconfident, but confident” in Clinton’s chances and called her “the greatest candidate.”
After General Clark left us, one of the members of the national headquarters staff came on the line. The HQ is in Arlington and she said they still need help there. For those outside of the area, the campaign website provides for online calling tools.