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Gen. Clark Campaigns for Farmer in St. Louis

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Gen. Wesley Clark spoke at a Nancy Farmer rally Wednesday in St. Louis. (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Nancy Farmer used an appearance by former presidential hopeful General Wesley Clark in St. Louis Wednesday to speak out on the Iraq war.

Clark has endorsed Farmer's campaign against Republican incumbent Kit Bond. Farmer told supporters that she agrees with Clark's call for more troops to be sent to Iraq to secure peace there.

"The coalition of the willing isn't enough, a U.N. resolution isn't enough, token support from NATO isn't enough," Farmer said at Saint Louis University. "We need more international troops on the ground to share the burden and stabilize the country."

Clark told supporters at a rally at St. Louis University that Farmer has the strength and vision to help secure safety abroad and in the U.S.

"You know, it's a mystery to me why the Republicans think they own the armed forces and that they're the only party that can be trusted to lead and help defend America. We've got a room full of people committed to public service right here, and they're not at a Republican rally, they're at a Democratic rally."

A statement from the state Republican party called Farmer out of touch with mainstream Missourians and criticized her for appealing to the "fringe elements of the Democratic Party."

Clark and Farmer also campaigned in Springfield, Mo.

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