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  Will Wesley Clark Run?
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Last EditedArmyDem  Aug 15, 2003 11:10pm
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News DateFriday, August 15, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe former NATO commander discusses the burgeoning effort to draft him into the 2004 White House race—and when he’ll make a decision

Aug. 15 — Will he or won’t he? With Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden’s announcement Monday that he would not seek the Democratic presidential nomination, pressure is mounting on former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark to announce his own intentions.

CLARK SAYS HE has not yet decided if he’ll run. But that has done little to stem the groundswell of support for him. The grass-roots movement to put the West Point graduate on the ballot, DraftWesleyClark.com, has already gained tens of thousands of supporters across the nation and nearly $500,000 in pledged contributions should Clark enter the race. Next week, the group will air a television ad in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa and New Hampshire, urging the retired general to toss his hat in the ring. While Clark would be entering the field late and would have to scramble to raise as much money as candidates like Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and former Vermont governor Howard Dean, the retired general can take heart from the experience of another latecomer who began his campaign a dozen years ago in Clark’s hometown of Little Rock. Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton didn’t launch his successful presidential bid for the 1992 election until mid-October the previous year. Clark says he will make a decision earlier into the 2004 race.

He spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Jennifer Barrett about what he would do differently if he held the nation’s highest office—and when he’ll decide whether to make a run for it. Excerpts:

NEWSWEEK: Earlier this summer, you said that you would give some serious consideration to the “DraftWesleyClark” movement’s request that you run for president, and that you owe them an answer. What would you tell them now?

Wesley Clark: I haven’t made the decision yet. It’s not yet time. But I continue to be impressed by them. It is really remarkable.
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