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01/26/04 - Lebanon, New Hampshire

Clark Highlights Meager Roots, Washington Outsider Status

Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark is trying to portray himself as a down-home guy with humble roots, not a Yale graduate like three of his opponents.

Clark says his parents couldn't afford to send him to Yale, the alma mater of John Kerry, Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman and President Bush.

Clark was born in Chicago and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. His mother moved in with her parents after his father died. Clark went to West Point, where tuition is free.

He spent more than 30 years in the Army, retiring in 2000 as a four-star general. Records show he made more than 1.5 million dollars in 2002, mostly as a consultant and military analyst.

Clark says he's "not part of the problem in Washington." Opponents Kerry, Lieberman and John Edwards are all U.S. senators.

Clark is on a bus tour of all ten New Hampshire counties, ahead of tomorrow's primary.

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