ABC News has learned that beginning Monday, MTV will begin running promos featuring all nine Democratic presidential hopefuls for its joint "Rock the Vote" forum in Boston Tuesday. Clark shot his segment in New York City Wednesday morning in what we're told is an entertaining spot — described by one source who saw it as "a General Clark you may not expect."
Clark dances and sings (praises)
Oct. 30 — So what did Ron Klain, Mickey Kantor, and Bill Oldaker miss at the red, white, and blue themed evening fundraiser for the General (yes, their name tags were still on the reception table at the end of the evening, unclaimed … )? Well, most importantly, they missed The General's general, wife Gert, dancing to some Rusted Root on stage following her husband's remarks. Her arms were up in the air, her feet were moving, and she was grooving. After watching The General in an African American Methodist Church service this past Sunday, it's now evident which one of this couple has rhythm.
The General also sung praises for the Reverend Al Sharpton. After reiterating his harsh feelings for Bush, Clark said he's done criticizing Bush for the evening because all the Democratic candidates are "doing it." But he did go on to say that nobody criticizes Bush as well as Al Sharpton does, "I love Al Sharpton. He really knows how to put the point on it."
And, like all the candidates, General Clark is always trying out some new lines for his stump speech and last night was no different. He chose this fundraiser to preview a new one: Many in the Bush administration say, "it's better to be feared than liked. Well that may work on the frontier in Texas in the 1850s … " Insert giggles from audience.
And some Clark campaign staffers in Little Rock are waking up this week to find out they're being re-assigned to Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Clark adds Rubin as foreign policy advisor
Oct. 29 — On Today today, The General reiterated his stump criticisms of President Bush to Katie Couric, placing responsibility for the intelligence failures of September 11 squarely on the White House. Asked about the need for more troops in Iraq, Clark first said, 'I'd love to have more international troops' in Iraq, then shifted a bit: "I wouldn't support putting Turkish troops in there."
In staffing news, the Clark campaign on Tuesday snagged another high-profile Clinton administration commodity: Jamie Rubin is offering his services pro bono as senior foreign policy adviser.
The General taped a speech on national security in the 21st century Tuesday, which was beamed to a D.C. conference sponsored by The American Prospect and two research groups. Reporters from ABC News, the New York Times , and the Arkansas Democratic Gazette sat in the room in New Hampshire where Clark participated in the live broadcast.
After fumbling a bit while reading off the teleprompter, Clark's address picked up considerable speed. On 9/11, Clark said: "The losses we suffered on 9/11 — as tragic and horrible and as devastating as they were — have been magnified by the losses we've suffered since. We've lost allied support; we've lost our moral authority as the world's pre-eminent democracy; we've lost the respect, admiration, and esteem of millions in the word — especially in the Islamic world."
Kramer makes an entrance