An excerpt from Wesley K. Clark's stump speech:
I think people . . . know very well what this administration is about today. They know it is about tax cuts for the wealthy. They were supposed to make Americans rich. They've made us all poorer. It was about trying to keep us safe, and it's taken us into what is an unnecessary war in Iraq in which we have lost hundreds of people. . . .
It's the most political administration in anyone's memory. It doesn't have policies; it has politics. And if you don't believe that, look at the news. . . . Someone . . . released the name of the wife of the man who was talking about the situation in Iraq. They've released his wife's name as punishment, identifying her as an agent in the Central Intelligence Agency. They released her name in violation of law, in violation of good sense, in violation of protection of the American intelligence system.
It's wrong. It's shady. It's cheap. . . . We need an independent commission that can unpack this administration's dirty laundry on the intelligence community. . . .
This is an administration that doesn't have an economic policy to promote growth. It has a tax cut policy to borrow money from future generations and jeopardize Social Security, prevent us from getting health care, take away the funds that are needed to fix public education in America. . . . That's a strategy for the destruction of what we believe in as Americans.
And abroad. [Bush] doesn't have strategies to deal with our allies and friends abroad. . . . This secretary of defense called our allies over there "old Europe." Well, let me tell you something: We need to keep the valued old principles of democracy . . . alive in this country, and we need to help them in Europe. And we need to build alliances. . . .
In the armed forces you don't get into partisan politics, so when I got out . . . I saw the policies going wrong on the war on terror. I saw it going wrong at home. . . .
I didn't see a government that embodied the principles that I was fighting for 34 years in uniform. . . . You see when I looked around at the country, I realized when it came time to choosing party, I was pro-affirmative action, I was pro-choice, I was pro-education . . . I'm pro-health care. . . . I realized I was either going to be the loneliest Republican in America or I was going to be a happy Democrat.