Wesley Clark on the Campaign Trail

There will be no last minute advertising in the Granite State on Tuesday. Clark's "What If" and "Families" commercials will play out their run. Over this past weekend, Clark's media consultant Joe Slade White was up with crews shooting a Clark ad that will run in February 3rd states. At a Portsmouth rally, one of White's staffers spoke to audience members from the Palace Theatre stage asking them to kindly remove their overcoats, scarves and hats as to not confuse the "warm weather folks" in Arizona and New Mexico who will be seeing the ad.

Electability

MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 22— With only four full days of campaigning left before the primary, the Clark campaign continues to search for a message for their candidate. On Friday, the campaign will put up a new ad in the New Hampshire market to run through the New Hampshire primary, called "Families." The television ad focuses on Clark's electability as President and will air in Manchester, Boston, Portland, and Burlington.

The ad script: "I'm Wes Clark and I approve this message because I want to tell you why I'm running for president. I'm not from Washington DC. My mom was a secretary and I understand the challenges that families face. I've spent my life keeping America safe. I'm a doer, not a talker. I'm a leader, not a politician. And I would like your support on Tuesday, because we need to focus on the next generation - not the next election."

And along the same theme, the campaign will hold an "electability rally" on Sunday in New Hampshire where former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth will formally endorse General Clark for President. Butterworth chaired Al Gore's Florida state campaign in 2000.

Also on hand to rally behind Clark this weekend will be steadfast Clark supporters: Wisconsin Lt. Governor Lawton, South Carolina's Governor Hodges, and close family friend Mary Steenburgen whose husband, Ted Danson, will introduce Clark at a rally in Derry, New Hampshire Friday night.

Signs

MANCHESTER, NH, Jan. 21--On the eve of the last debate before the New Hampshire primary, the Clark campaign did not show any signs that they in anyway expect the debate to be as fiery as the one they missed in Iowa. With moment-to-moment tracking polls, and Dean, Kerry, and Clark hovering over spots one, two, and three, the million dollar question is--will anybody go on the attack?

For two hours in the late afternoon, Gen. Clark will head into debate prep in Manchester. Among those expected to attend in-person: Ron Klain, Matt Bennett, Eli Segal, Josh Gottheimer (Clark's speechwriter), Jason Furman (Clark's policy director), and Ben Holzer (Clark's research director). But beyond the prep, the staff's main concern is what Clark will say in the debate, especially if he is attacked. Often running on the platform--"I'm not a politician"--a trait that appeals to many voters may spur not-so-good opinions. At least two campaign sources acknowledge that candidate Clark's answers in the debate situation are unpredictable.

Preacher-General

MANCHESTER, NH, Jan. 20--It seems like every time The General opens his mouth to speak these days, he sounds like a preacher speaking to his masses. Clark's halted deliveries have become more fluid. His once lack of passion on the stump has turned into a fire in the belly. It's less about the crowds as it is the candidate poised to want to win support. And the crowds are reacting with more standing ovations and more "uh huhs" and "you go Wes'."

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