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Clark To Enter Presidential Race

September 16, 2003 - Posted at: 10:55 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Sources retired Army General Wesley Clark has decided to become the tenth Democratic presidential candidate.  Clark is a four-star NATO commander but has no political experience.

aMark Fabiani, a spokesman for Clark, says Clark has made his decision and will announce it tomorrow in Little Rock.  Fabiani did not reveal what Clark's decision is.

But, officials close to the former general tell The Associated Press that Clark told his fledgling campaign team today that he's in the race.

Clark would be jumping into the race for the Democratic nomination just four months before the voting begins.  Clark would be competing against nine other candidates who have had months to raise money, build organizations in key states and recruit the party's top political talent.  Friends of Clark say the former NATO commander believes his military service would counter Bush's political advantage as a wartime commander in chief.  Clark has criticized the Iraq war and Bush's post-war efforts.

The 58-year-old Clark has a Rhodes scholar and was first in his 1966 class at West Point.  He embarked on a long military career that included heading the U.S. Southern Command and serving as NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Commander in Chief of the United States European Command during the 1999 campaign in Kosovo.

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