Former General Wesley Clark attended a private fund-raiser for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire over the weekend where he was asked repeatedly if he is going to run for president a second time.
The event was closed to the press, but a longtime Clark supporter Susan Putney wrote a blog entry about the event quoting him as saying, “I'm not a candidate for president, but I haven't said I won't run".
That wasn’t good enough for Putney, who was the lead New Hampshire organizer in the 2003 Draft Clark movement, who asked again if he would announce his intentions to run in the next three months.
Clark demurred, saying that if he became a candidate everything he said would be viewed as political statements, rather than policy proposals.
As former General Wesley Clark ponders a second run for president, he will visit New Hampshire Friday night to celebrate the victory of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a former Clark supporter.
Clark will attend a private house party in Portsmouth, his political action committee said this afternoon.
He has not been to the state since the early fall.
GOFFSTOWN, N.H. – Former General Wesley Clark's a busy travel schedule to Iowa, Nevada, and today to the Granite State suggests he is exploring a second bid for the presidency.
But unlike others looking to 2008 bids, Clark said he has not raised much money, preferring to focus on Democratic candidates running in the mid-term elections.
“I haven’t raised a dime to run for president this time,” Clark told a gathering of about 15 Democrats at a country diner. “I know others have raised $10-15 million to run for president, but I am so focused on 2006 that I am not raising that kind of money.”
In an interview, though, Clark said he didn’t think it was inappropriate for his potential Democratic rivals to raise money.
“Maybe they just don’t realize that this money is needed for these candidates now or maybe when they do realize it they give that money away,” said Clark.
He says he does raise money for his political action committee that allows him to travel around the country and keep a small staff.
Through Aug. 31 his political action committee, called Securing America, had $23,241 on hand, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
“We are always about two months away from bankruptcy,” said Clark. “That's the way I like it.”
Asked earlier in the day if he was running for president, Clark awkwardly said, “I haven’t said I wasn’t.”
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