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  General Is Said to Want to Join '04 Race
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Last EditedCed  Aug 28, 2003 11:21am
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MediaNewspaper - New York Times
News DateThursday, August 28, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description" "It's safe to say he wants to run," said a longtime friend who has had frequent political conversations with General Clark. "But he approaches this like a military man. He wants to know, Can I win the battle? He doesn't want to have a situation where he could embarrass himself, but I'm absolutely certain he wants to run."

Whether he does, his friends said, will be determined by his instincts and a firm assessment of Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, whose early success has come in part through criticism of White House strategies in Iraq that are every bit as strong as General Clark's.

While General Clark has consistently maintained that he has not yet made up his mind, his friends said a major obstacle has been cleared family approval. They said his wife, Gert, who had initially expressed reservations, now favors his running."
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