After finishing his “True Grits Tour” of eight southern states in the last days of 2003, retired Gen. Wesley Clark now is shifting his presidential campaign focus on the New Hampshire primary by stressing his Southern values even in the far North.
But whether being a Southerner is an advantage for Clark in New Hampshire is a matter of opinion.
Bill Buck, national press secretary for Clark’s campaign, considers it a plus. It’s “an advantage because it is part of who he is,” said Buck in a telephone interview. Clark represents traditional southern values like inclusion, family and religion, said Buck.
Yep, when us Southerners ain’t talkin” bout religion and family we’re always goin’ on bout inclusion. Sure nuff that inclusion is one of our values.
…To strengthen his position in New Hampshire, he has passed up the Iowa caucuses and begun to target key groups of voters such as women. Polls had shown him with a sizeable gender gap, with women less likely to be drawn to his military background. To shrink that gender gap, Clark recently has launched a commercial featuring a female soldier and made sure that women were by his side at campaign events in New Hampshire.
Gen. Clark really knows women. They are not concerned about his viewpoints and plans, they just want to see a woman soldier near him in a campaign commercial. Yeah that is sure to do it. First the Argyle sweater ploy and now this female soldier in a commercial, that ought to really reduce the gender gap problems he has.