By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Retired 4-star U.S. Army General and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Laconia Tuesday, speaking before volunteers at Democratic Party headquarters on Beacon Street West.
Clark was introduced by state Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia), who said he had supported Clark when he ran for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2004 primary and thanked Clark for his steady leadership during for the Kosovo crisis during Bill Clinton's presidency.
Clark said he strongly supported Hillary Clinton when she ran in 2008 and characterized her as "honest and trustworthy," saying that she was a good friend of his and has the qualities to be a good president who will make the right decisions in times of crisis.
"She does her homework and cares about people," he said contrasting her with Donald Trump, whom he said is saying things "that are patently absurd and untrue and incites violence."
He said that Trump has repeatedly shown that he is temperamentally unfit to serve as commander in chief. He also raised questions about Trump's ties to Russia and said that he has shown disrespect for veterans and military families. Clark said that Trump "has spent a lifetime working for himself alone" and that it is "disgusting" to Clark, as a person who served in Vietnam, to think that Trump could say that his own personal Vietnam was avoiding sexually transmitted diseases in New York City during the Vietnam war.
"He built his career by taking money from other people, contractors who he stiffed and wouldn't pay what was promised and then told them "Take me to court. I've got more lawyers than you do'," said Clark.
He said Trump is undermining America's alliances around the world and thinks the reason Trump hasn't released his tax returns is that they will show that he is in deep debt to Russian banks and that Vladimir Putin knows that.
Clark said that the New Hampshire Senate race between Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Maggie Hassan is one of the most important in this year's election and urged Democrats to work hard to make sure that Hillary Clinton will have a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate to support her policies.
He also praised Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and said it is important that she defeat Republican Congressman Frank Guinta.
General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, campaigned in Laconia for Hillary Clinton Tuesday, spoke before volunteers at Democratic Party headquarters on Beacon Street West. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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