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Clark launches his bid by criticizing Bush

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wesley Clark launched his first bid for elective office Wednesday, setting his sights on the presidency with a war-tested military record he said makes him the ideal Democrat to ensure the nation's security in a post-Sept. 11 world.

The retired Army general became the 10th candidate in a wide-open race, entering with an 11-minute address filled with military references, criticism of President Bush and pleas to Democratic, independent and even Republican voters alienated by the political process.

"Get ready!" he told more than 400 supporters summoned to his native Arkansas through the Internet on 24-hour notice. "We're moving out!"

But it was unclear where he was going. Clark left the flag-draped stage without detailing his domestic policies or offering concrete solutions to troubles overseas.