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Gen. Clark backs Giannoulias Senate bid

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Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias of Illinois picked up an endorsement Monday from retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark.

Clark, a former supreme commander of NATO and a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, praised Giannoulias for his support of renewable energy during an appearance with the candidate Monday in Chicago. The retired four-star general, who is a vocal advocate for “clean energy,” also criticized Giannoulias’ Republican opponent, Rep. Mark Kirk, of flip-flopping on the issue.

“Investing in a clean energy economy will not only be good for our environment, but it will also strengthen our national security and jumpstart our economy,” Clark said. 

“Congressman Kirk agreed with me when he voted for the energy bill last year, but now he stands starkly against it. That’s not leadership, and it’s not the type of forward-thinking advocate that Illinois voters should send to the U.S. Senate.”

Kirk, an intelligence officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves, has received flack for admitting that he embellished his military record. Clark says the issue is a factor in the race that will affect voters.

Clark, who has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Army Distinguished Service Medal and the Defense Department Distinguished Service Medal, has remained active in Democratic politics since his presidential bid six years ago. 

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