Friday, February 13, 2004
Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark endorsed Sen. John Kerry's presidential candidacy in chilly Madison, Wis., embracing a fellow Vietnam veteran and setting aside a campaign rivalry marked by occasional sniping.
The military imagery and rhetoric was abundant. Clark and Kerry, a former skipper of a Navy riverboat in the Mekong Delta, were introduced by Del Sandusky, Kerry's riverboat pilot in Vietnam. They exchanged salutes on the stage of the University of Wisconsin's Armory and Gymnasium. "Sir, permission to come aboard," Clark told Kerry. "The Army is here."
During the campaign, Clark, a critic of Bush's policy in Iraq, criticized Kerry for voting to authorize the use of force in Iraq. Kerry raised
questions about Clark's allegiance to the Democratic Party and about his grasp of domestic policy issues.
"He will stand up to the Republican attack dogs and send them home licking their wounds," Clark said. "John Kerry is the leader our party and our country needs for the 21st century."
Kerry's campaign also fired a broadside at President Bush, reacting to a new Bush campaign ad that accuses Kerry of being beholden to special interests. "We haven't been able to trust what George Bush has told us about the war or about the economy," said Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. "We certainly can't trust what he as to say about the special interests."
- Jim Kuhnhenn, Knight Ridder Washington Bureau
posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 12:07 PM
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