Wesley Clark on the Campaign Trail

"AIDS is not just a moral issue. It's a national security issue. We must make sure the scourge doesn't reverse gains in the developing world and turn developing states into terrorist breeding grounds. If we don't fight AIDS with medicine and preventive measures, one day, we might have to fight AIDS-induced disorder with the force of arms. If America leads the way alleviating the AIDS crisis, we can reduce the animosity that often gives rise to anti-American sentiment and breeds terrorism. We can also gain more friends and partners around the world. It will be far easier to ask countries to support our concerns when they see us helping them with theirs."

According to an outline draft of the General's speech, the newest policy proposal by Clark will "prevent 14 million new HIV infections," "provide care and support for 20 million HIV-infected individuals and AIDS orphans," "provide treatment for 5 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including supporting the WHO goal of putting 3 million people on treatment by 2005," and "accelerate the development of vaccines and cost-effective treatments to stop HIV, TB, malaria, and other infectious diseases."

The Clark campaign also gave out an outline of General Clark's Global AIDS Security Strategy saying it will:

1. "Keep the U.S. commitment to combat AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria worldwide — doubling funding to $30 billion by 2008."

2. "Dedicate a large majority of U.S. funding to multilateral approaches like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, while demanding results and additional commitments from our allies."

3. "Base prevention and research efforts on the best available science, including overturning the global gag rule."

4. "Unleash the power of the market to develop cost-effective vaccines for AIDS and other infectious diseases."

Clark stresses unstressing

Nov. 19 — Gen. Clark is definitely making his impression on New Hampshire voters. While many still say they're not on board the Clark train yet, they are turning out to listen … and to ask questions.

For example, how would Clark deal with the stress of being in the Oval Office when something really makes him mad? The answer caught everybody in the audience off-guard, and even his staff couldn't help but giggle. First, The General said swimming calmed him down. Then he told a story about his most stressful day dealing with alliance warfare — the day when he "learned stress comes in colors. There's blue stress, there's green stress, and when it's really really bad, it's red stress."

What'd he do that day? "I realized that I really needed to go to the restroom, and then I felt a whole lot better." More: "Sometimes you just have to get up and walk around from your desk, even if it's the desk in the Oval Office, sometimes you need to get up and clear your head."

We all hope that come primary season the Clark advance staff knows the rest stops off Route 93 and Route 101.

Some moments from the Clark campaign...

Nov. 18 — Sometimes there are moments in a campaign when the candidate is … well … real. The cameras-off-jackets-off-tie-loosened moments when one realizes that the presidential candidate may be enjoying the moment in the spotlight just like any other guy. In retrospect, Clark seemed more Wes on Monday than General.

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