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Is Obama thinking of choosing Wes Clark?

August 11th, 2008

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There’s speculation on the US site, VP Watch, this evening that Barack Obama might be considering the former general and 2004 contender for the presidential nomination – Wes Clarke – for the VP slot.

This is the report: “Gen. Wes Clark’s slogan — “Securing America’s Future” — is the theme for the night Barack Obama’s running mate is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention.

Clark’s political action committee is called WESPAC — Securing America’s Future.

It could just be a coincidence. After all, Clark appeared to dash his hopes of running with Obama in late June when he said getting shot down in Vietnam did not qualify John McCain to be president.

But if Obama believes Clark has strong enough military credentials to snipe at McCain effectively, he might still be in the mix.

On Monday, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Obama adviser Anita Dunn announced the themes for the various nights of the convention, including “Securing America’s Future” for the third night, when the vice presidential candidate will speak. “

Given McCain’s strong military connections Wes Clark seems to make a lot of sense – reinforcing Obama’s position in an area where he’s vulnerable.

Wes Clark, a Rhodes Scholar who was at Oxford, commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.

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Mike Smithson






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