The topic of a better, greener environment was tackled by retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark. Speaking on behalf of Alexi Giannoulias, the U.S. Senate candidate, Clark joined the democratic hopeful on the campaign trail Monday in Millennium Park.
With the election only about two months away, candidates are out with the public trying to bolster support and use the time left to solidify their positions.
Giannoulias faces Republican Mark Kirk come Nov. 2. Gen. Clark wasted no time highlighting Giannoulias’ opponent’s deficiencies, focusing primarily on his wishy-washy ways when dealing with key environmental issues.
The “Cap and Trade” bill was passed to deter pollution by levying fines on companies, encouraging the creation of cleaner forms of energy.
Carbon Day, the maker of an electric vehicle, say their cars will take 3-6 hours to re-charge. Clark plugged in the electric cars in the Millennium Park garage as a demonstration of this cleaner technology that can keep us greener. It will also help to end the U.S. dependence on foreign oil and fluctuating gas prices.
Clark pointed out Kirk’s mid-stream switch from favoring the “Cap and Trade” bill, then changing his stance once he began his campaign.
Kirk’s embellishment of his military record and awards was not off limits to the war-time general. By the republican candidate’s own admission several military “claims to fame” turned out to be nothing but tall tales that make for good Hollywood movies.
Kirk claimed to have been bestowed an “Intelligence Officer of the Year” honor. He also said he was shot down over Kosovo. (Why do some candidates, claiming to be war heroes, like to be shot down during war?) Gen. Clark was an architect of war in Kosovo, shedding light on Kirk’s claims that eventually forced the republican to “fess up.” It never happened.
Kirk took a shot at Giannoulias’ business acumen, making a statement for his side. In response, he referred to the democrat’s family business, Broadway Bank, that federal regulators seized and then sold. Watch video of Giannoulias ad here.
Clark is a real, true-to-life war hero. The four-star general was awarded the Purple Heart, the presidential Medal of Freedom, and several other honors for dutiful service to his country.
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