Thank You from Wes Clark
Today, we end the campaign for the presidency. But the campaign for
America's future -- for the future of all our families -- continues on.
You have proven what a General can do when he has the greatest troops in
the world. I can't tell you enough how honored and humbled I am by your
commitment, your spirit, and your sacrifice. Because of all of you, this
has been a cause, as much as it's been a campaign.
Together, five months ago, we began our journey for the presidency. We had
no money, no office and no staff. All we had was hope and a vision for a
Today, after traveling the country, after visiting with the American
people, we end that journey even more full of hope and even more committed
to building a better America.
I will support our Party's nominee, to continue this campaign until we
take back the White House next November. This soldier stands ready for
duty. It's not going to be easy. So I've got one bit of advice for our
nominee: give 'em hell and never retreat.
As a general who spent thirty-four years fighting for my country, here is
my pledge: I will do everything I can - everything - to make sure George
W. Bush doesn't play politics with national security.
For me, this race has been one of the most liberating experiences of my
life. I've been able to talk about what I believe in and fight for it.
You've given me the greatest gift a person can receive: the support to
make that fight real.
I'd like to thank all the foot soldiers in this battle: our terrific
staff, our dedicated volunteers, our thousands of loyal supporters. Most
of all, those who believed in me long before anyone even knew who I was:
the people who drafted me into this race.
I want to thank my family for always standing by my side, especially my
wife of 36 years, my best friend, and my partner, Gert Clark. She is the
general's general, and I wouldn't be here today without her. I'd like to
thank my son, Wes, Jr., and my daughter-in-law, Astrid. I am so proud of
them and so proud of all they have done for this campaign.
I'm going to fight on, and I hope you will join me, until we win the
campaign to create a new vision for America in the twenty-first century.
Because I believe America's best days lie ahead. Today, I end my campaign
for the presidency - but our party's campaign to change America is just
beginning. This old soldier will not fade away. I'll be in the field and
out in front, working the issues, supporting our candidates, and doing all
I can to contribute to building a new and better America.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.