General Wesley Clark Stumps for Democrats

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

The 2006 election may be more than a year away, but national figures are already stumping in the Badger State.

Retired General Wesley Clark, appearing with veterans in front of the Veterans Memorial Monument in the state capitol, called on Wisconsinites to send a message to congress to support veterans and their families.

He praised the state for its recently enacted legislation that gives more benefits to surviving spouses and children of those killed in action. When asked about the war in Iraq, Clark addressed how he feels the U.S. can complete its obligation while getting back on course. "I believe we need strong diplomacy in the region, talking to nations we don't agree with, follow through on the political process that's underway with deeper engagement at all levels in that process and give our men and women in uniform the resources the armor and everything else they need and ask for to be able to control that border and train those Iraqi forces."

After his stop in Madison, Clark made his way to LaCrosse to support the campaign of congressman Ron Kind.

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