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A Candidate in the Cold
By Christian Moquin, 10
Scholastic Student Reporter


Christian Moquin interviews supporters of retired General Wesley Clark at a rally for Clark in the frigid New Hampshire weather in January. The Clark event went quickly as temperatures were just under 11° F. Click on the picture to read more about Christian. (Photo by Ali Haskell)


Retired General Wesley Clark held a campaign rally at Eagle Square in downtown Concord, New Hampshire, today, the day before the New Hampshire primary election.

I attended the rally as a reporter for Scholastic News Online. While waiting for General Clark, I started interviewing some Clark supporters who were waiting in the freezing cold for their candidate. I asked them who they were, what their job was, and why they were supporting Clark.

Some people said they liked Clark because of his military background. They said he would do well in the White House during military situations.

We waited a long time for Clark, and when he did come out, he did not say much. I think it was too cold. The temperature was about 11 degrees with a below-zero wind-chill factor.

After urging people to vote for him, Clark worked his way through the crowd, shaking people's hands. He did not take questions from the press. I was hoping to get to ask him a question about gun violence.