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Wesley Clark Addresses Dem. Convention

Aired July 29, 2004 - 20:14   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: General Wesley Clark is giving a speech up on the podium right now and he's getting a pretty good reception. I want our viewers around the world to listen in briefly.
GEN. WESLEY CLARK (D), FMR. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: And John Kerry knows that members of our armed forces embody the best of America's values: service, sacrifice, courage, compassion.

He knows that the members in the armed forces are serving to build something greater than themselves. They're serving to build something worth fighting for. They're serving to build something worth dying for.

John Kerry knows that the men and women who serve and our veterans are a company of heroes. And everyone who fights for the best in American life is also a hero: firemen, police officers, teachers and so many others.

(APPLAUSE)

I say to you tonight: John Kerry's time to lead this company of heroes has arrived. Right here, right now, in this town, tonight, from this place, we set out together to put our country back on track to security and freedom and opportunity.

America, hear this soldier.

Choose a leader whose physical courage, moral values and sound judgment, with the grace of God and our determined commitment, will strengthen our country, protect our liberty, renew our spirit and secure a future for our children that is worthy of our heritage.

Make John Kerry the next president of the United States.

Thank you. God bless America.

Thank you, my friends. Thank you.

BLITZER: General Wesley Clark, the retired NATO supreme allied commander, also a former Democratic presidential candidate from Arkansas giving a rousing speech in support, obviously, of John Kerry.

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