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« on: April 27, 2004, 08:34:14 pm »
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Let say that after Clark entered the democratic race, his polls never went down and he became the frontrunner, over comming Dean, Edwards and Kerry somehow. How might a Bush V. Clark race look?
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2004, 08:37:54 pm »
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I like Clark, so yes.

It's really impossible to tell how he would have faired in the general election.  How the media would treat him, etc.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2004, 08:54:08 pm »
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Clark would of lost. He was not a good public speaker and he couldn't energize voters.
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2004, 09:26:27 pm »
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I think Clark would've had a good chance.  I did and still do like him.
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2004, 11:42:31 pm »
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If you listen to him, he actually sounds pretty logical and intelligent.  His speaking skills were improving, I was really hoping for him to win.  Military people have an entirely different set of special interests, would be nice to have a breather from the current ones.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2004, 04:56:58 am »
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Clark would need a strong, moderate running mate with plenty of legislative experience for a number of reasons…

.To reassure moderate voters that the anti-war general really was a southern moderate in the mould of Bill Clinton.

.To add gravitas to the ticket and reduce the impression of Clark as a political rooky who would not be a safe bet if elected.

.To complement Clark’s moderate rhetoric with a moderate running mate with a moderate record in congress.

.To take on Dick Cheney effectively in the debates in contrast to Clark who might not be a strong performer in the presidential debates.

.To add to Clark’s name recognition by adding a recognised moderate to the ticket to reinforce the notion of a Clark lead ticket as a moderate, southern democratic ticket in the mould of Bill Clinton and the DLC.

I have probably repeated my self several times there but what the hay…

I think a Clark VP short list would proably contain the following names…

…Wes’ List…

John Breaux (D-LA)
Bob Graham (D-FL)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Max Baucus (D-MT)
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)*
Joe Biden (D-DE)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Harry Reid (D-NV)
Tim Johnson (D-SD)

*ineligible to run as Clark’s vp if his home state is AR, however I seem to remember hearing that his actually residence is in VA, hence she is in the list…

Of these I think the short list would have to be…

…Wes’ Short List…

John Breaux (D-LA)
Joe Biden (D-DE)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Harry Reid (D-NV)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)        
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2004, 10:02:34 am »
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I say Bush win. I think Bush is unbeatable, unless Reagan wants to fight him. LOL
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2004, 10:59:59 am »
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I say Bush win. I think Bush is unbeatable, unless Reagan wants to fight him. LOL

Bush really isn't unbeatable. He's very beatable. But I still think he would've beaten Clark, partly due to fundamental factors. And Clark would be running on national security. Not good.
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