September 15th, 2007
07:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Clark endorses Clinton

Clark announced his endorsement on Saturday.

(CNN)–Wesley Clark, the retired four star general who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, announced his endorsement of Senator Hillary Clinton on Saturday.

"I'm very pleased today to announce my endorsement of Senator Clinton to be our next President of the United States," Clark said on a conference call with reporters. "She'll be a great leader for the United States of America, and I think she'll be a great commander in chief for the men and women in the armed forces."

“The world has reached a critical point, and we need a leader in the White House with the courage, intelligence and humility to navigate through many troubling challenges to our security at home and abroad," Clark also said Saturday.

"I want to thank General Clark. He and I have been friends for twenty five years," Senator Clinton said on the call after Clark made his announcement. "I'm looking forward to having him involved with my campaign, working with him now and into the future, and so I'm very grateful for this endorsement. It means a lot to me personally, as well as a real sign of confidence in my ability to be president and commander in chief."

Clark was the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and led the allied military operation in the Kosovo war in 1999 under President Bill Clinton.

Shortly after announcing Clark's backing, the Clinton campaign sent out a statement touting the endorsement of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan.

- CNN's Mark Preston and Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Race to '08
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. George


    Here's your proof on Obama leading military donations to date(USA Today). Do HRC supporters read anything else but CNN? Figures.
    Posted By Kim, Mpls, MN : September 15, 2007 3:44 pm"

    More obnoxious disdain from a supporter of the man who will bring us all together. Did you bother to actually go beyond the SINGLE paragraph in HufPo, to the actual totals that you feel are so important?

    "Obama, who has never served in the military, has brought in more contributions from uniformed service members—about $27,000...Ron Paul, the only Republican who opposes the war, has brought in the biggest haul from the military since the start of the 2008 election cycle in January—at least $19,250. Republican John McCain, a Vietnam War prisoner who backs the administration's policy in Iraq, has raised $18,600."

    If it's symbolic significance you're looking for, I guess that you can take some there.
    I find this at least as significant; How Clinton, Obama, etc. are viewed by the party they belong to;

    "Senator Hillary Clinton attracts 40% of the vote from Likely Democratic Primary Voters. Barack Obama is the top choice for 20% while John Edwards attracts 16%"
    "Among Democratic contenders, this week’s polling brought few changes. Hillary Clinton is viewed favorably by 81% of Democrats and unfavorably by 17%. Seventy percent (70%) of Democrats have a favorable opinion of John Edwards while 21% say the opposite. Barack Obama’s numbers are 62% favorable, 30% unfavorable."

    See how Clinton supporters DO read much more than CNN, or HufPo.

    September 15, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. George

    Even a stark raving idiot like Clark can be taught to say "thank you."
    Posted By Walt, Belton, TX : September 15, 2007 4:37 pm

    If this man is an, "idiot";

    General Wesley Kanne Clark (born December 23, 1944) is a retired four-star general of the United States Army. Clark was valedictorian of his class at West Point, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in PPE, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in military science. He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom."

    What does that make people like you?

    September 15, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. pl. at the UN for a while.

    One commentors says:

    "...Please consider what's important to you and the issues that are important to you...".

    Hopefully, "what's important to you" includes a fair amount of consideration of gender equality, or perhaps even 'quotas'; and for the needs of the rest of the world as well. It is time isn't it? After all the traditional role of men in the family has been to provide. That of women has been to manage things.

    September 15, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Raymond&Juliette R Griesemer Woodbury NJ 08096

    Thank you General Wesley Clark .For endorsement,of Senator Clinton,She will make a Wonderfut President Of The USA. Raymond&JUliette R Griesemer

    September 15, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. David, Roseburg OR

    A large percentage of the comments here state that CNN is pushing Hilary more than the others that are running. Yet CNN posts your comments, seems you are being heard anyway. No supposed news source has dealt with real news since the era of the old newsmen such as Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite. It's all showmanship and acting by the news anchors and reporters, going with the most noted people for their news stories, sad, very sad. The news media is now so embedded with their corporate ownership and the military that we don't get news, we get entertainment and propaganda.

    September 15, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Peter, Southfield, MI

    Too bad Stabenow has successfully screwed my state over the past few years with an uninterrupted chain of bad decisions.

    September 15, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Mo, Dallas, Texas

    From the comments posted, it is very clear that the "United" States is actually quite divided. I am neither a liberal nor a conservative, and I am not a Democrat nor a Republican. However, all candidates should be given a chance and should not be bashed for irrational and personal reasons. (Same goes for the unnecessary Bush-bashing)

    September 15, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Andy

    A RETIRED 4-star general, who became a political talking head and then a presidential wannabe now endorses a political opportunist, who is more left of centre than most Americans really know. Whoa!! Hillary became a NY Senator, and when asked if she had bigger plans in mind, said no! Her only goal was to serve the people of NY. When Obama said he was running for President, Hillary changed her mind and said she, too, is running. Hello? Fidel Castro must have seen something in her and Obama to say that the two are 'invincible'. Hmmm! Lean left, America. Communism and socialism are finally welcomed to Washington!

    September 15, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. C Tong, Allendale NJ

    It should read " Clinton get 4-star liberal endorsement"

    September 15, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Jim, Columbus, OH

    Does Hillary Clinton trust Bill even after he betrayed her? If she does, what kind of judgement does that show and why should we trust her? These people, General Clark included, are a bunch of professional politicians who make a living trying to deceive voters. Don't buy it!

    September 15, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Scott, Newport, KY

    Wes is applying for a job here. She's ahead in the polls, so why not try his luck with her?

    September 15, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. No More Tricks, San Francisco, CA

    show W. Clark that his 25 year relationship with Hill and Bill is the only reason he's making this edorsement by sending Obama's stock through the roof. Go to to get Obama stock. Here is a change to speak back though with a capitalisitic voice.

    September 15, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Maggie, Grain Valley, MO

    Isn't it amazing how much you can learn just from reading the "comments".

    Some of you, (those most nasty about Hillary) might want to think a bit more about voting for her, othersise you might well end up with Rudy G. We know he saved the world on 9-11 because he keeps telling us. NYC may be big babe, but it ain't the same as running the USA! Bill committed an indiscretion–over and done. Rudy, maybe he just marries his little 3rd rate romances.

    Edwards? He was the first to start mudslinging and he was putting down his own party. I've always thought it was only necessart to cut someone down when you were a bit ubcertain, and you wanted to make yourself look bigger. Of course his wife has joined in the melee. Yeah, she has cancer, I'm sorry about that, bit lady, I can't let you pick my President. Edwards started losing me from those two points, and obviously he won't be able to keep her nose out of our business if he's elected.

    Obama? Now here's a real laugh! Way back when Oprah appeared on Larry King Live. (with her latest batch of new best friends of course) SHE brought up the subject of who she'd like to see run ~ her dear senator Barack Obama. She says this is the first time she's ever endorsed anyone. I'm sure the fact that he's black had nothing to do with it. Now they're seen walking with his arm around her shoulder. (Gotta protect her from the adoring masses. Who wanted to know if he was black enough? You just might find out. Obama–"I need to go to the boys room" Raises hand and asks "Oprah, may I?

    Michelle? She's the new look of beauty magazines, she does it all, knows it all. True, she's intelligent, highly successful, but she needs to find Elizabeth and the two of them need to calm down. Everyone was SO concerned that Bill would be a problem. You were wrong on that one too.

    Now, let me clear up this BS about voting for the war. Hillary voted for it, just as many others did. Why? A.E. Neuman there told a few REALLY BIG LIES. You want HER to apologize for HIS lies?

    Obama may have been against the war but HE DID NOT VOTE AGAINST IT! Why? BECAUSE HE WASN'T ELIGIBLE TO VOTE!

    Hillary was not in the WH as president, but she has served in the senate, was the wife of Arkansas government I won't list everything, no need to. Obama? Isn't he still in his first term?

    Don't think a military man will make a good president and keep us out of war, because he understands war. Anyone remember A really good military man named Dwight D Eisenhour?

    One last thing. The "party" who says Hillary is a "fat slob, who's always eaten out of the public trough? (not verbatim) When did you visit that "trough" and find her there.? You called her a pig that got fat at your expense. Maybe you and a few others should watch CNN. I highly reccommend Wolf Blitzer, Lou Dobbs and Anderson Cooper. They aren't paid to take one side over the other, they can, however, challenge. You know, Just KEEPING THEM HONEST.

    September 15, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. TT, Cincinnati,OH

    Go Hillary Go!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. Bob F, Portsmouth, RI

    CNN: I knew you read comments before posting, but I didn't realize you remove some of them once posted. I sent in a comment a few minutes ago. You posted it. I read it. And now it's been deleted. What's the deal? It wasn't vulgar; only direct and opinionated.

    September 15, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. George

    "Does Hillary Clinton trust Bill even after he betrayed her? If she does, what kind of judgement does that show."

    Yes she does, and it shows compassion and forgiveness, humanity, and that like many others who have been through a crisis, in their family, in their marriage or in their own personal lives, that we can survive and come through stronger and better.
    I think that that is an admirable quality, in a leader, and in a person.

    September 15, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. R. Ryan, San Antonio, TX

    With all due respect to GEN Clark (Ret.), he is not among the most popular retired 4-Star military men. In fact, he's got plenty of baggage, and an endorsement by him is "nothing special."

    September 15, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. jrothman

    No offense people but if you vote for Obama or Clinton you might as well shoot your self in the head cause we will all die.Plus why would we vote for Clinton when her husband sold military secrets to the chinese...whos to say she wont follow in his footsteps

    September 15, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Claude, AZ,I think you confused a lots. Obama's Military endorsement shouldn't publish because military belongs to government, they couldn't endorse Democrats openly. Obama doesn't have 25 years relationship with any Generals by his career and experience. Also you didn't say "FoxNews is clearly supporting GOP. That's sad."
    Is it fair? "CNN has failed to mention that Obama has received more military financial contributions to his campaign, more than any other candidate." If it is true where did you get that information and how did you know about Obama so much? Doesn't make sense to me. I think CNN is the most trustworthy, I love CNN.

    September 15, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Christian, FL, I think you worry too much, anyway do you worry about Hillary or Obama? If for Hillary, it is unnecessary to worry, Hillary will win without Obama. If for Obama, I remind you " Obama is not running for VP" by his speech. Hillary has plenty of brilliant, experienced, strong, powerful and professional people around her and The Clintons.

    September 15, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Mike Jackiw, Fox River Grove, IL

    It really galls me to read attacks on Clark and his record, just like those paid-off Swiftboat Veterans who attacked Karry. We are talking about men who put their lives on the line for their country, were wounded doing so, and who did more than any of the cowardly Chickenhawk Republicans (see Dick Cheney) and their children (see Mitt Romney). At least the Democrats put their lives and their children's lives where their mouths are and have served IN COMBAT as well as their children as compared to those Republican cowards who are willing to sit rich and fat and watch everyone else's family member die. As for Clark, while I don't agree with his endorsement at this point, he has at least fully supported the Veterans and soliders unlike the "talk a log, do nothing" Republicans, you just have to read to see that.

    September 15, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Christine

    I voted for your hubby 2ce will vote for you in the next election...y're the BEST we're looking at to vote for! you should ask Obama to consider running with you...

    September 15, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. matt

    Clark's backing means nothing. He was a clinton stooge in '04, swo who else would he endorse – Iraq aside...

    September 15, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Scott, KY, do you make friends for your benefit only? Do you think Clark is an unmanly fellow? I have met 15 Generals(BG, MG, LtG and General) and have a great friendship with them since 1986 to present. These Generals are liberal, borad-minded, accomplished and kind to Community people regardless your rank or position. Their character is elegant than common people, they are the great leaders that's why they are GENERAL. I hope you open your eyes before you say.

    September 15, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Sue, Michigan

    It amazes me that people are still so upset about Bill's (personsal)indiscretions when GWB has basically committed treason against this country and yet smirks his little smirk and tells us he knows best and is keeping us safe!
    I believe Hillary would be a fine President, and would do something besides spend money we don't have (we are in debt to China up to our eyeballs for this war). So did you forget that under Bill we had a budget SURPLUS, jobs, peace, and a strong economy?
    Now, with our installed by the S.C. President, we have none of the above. And don't go ranting about 9-11-the more I read about that, the less I believe from Guiliani or anyone else about that day. Read about WTC7 and go from there.

    September 15, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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