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  Political observers predict Clark will 'go for it'
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Last EditedArmyDem  Aug 10, 2003 11:45pm
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News DateSunday, August 10, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPaul Barton, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

WASHINGTON - While retired Gen. Wesley Clark of Little Rock continues to ponder a presidential run, some of his supporters and independent political observers say they are more confident than ever that he will indeed launch a White House campaign soon.

One of those who has changed his mind on the subject is political analyst Chuck Todd of The Hotline, which is published by National Journal and is one of Washington's most closely watched political newsletters.

"I think he is going to do it," Todd said last week of the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

Clark, who has benefited from a rush of national publicity this summer, "keeps feeding the beast [speculation about a run]," Todd said.

Todd said he is also impressed by the organization and energy shown by various draft-Clark movements that have sprung up around the country, saying there appears "to be a method to the madness."

Todd adds that until recently he did not think Clark was serious. "I used to think this was about raising his speaking fees," he said of the months-long speculation.

Todd said he is basing his prediction "just on a hunch."
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