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Director Moore backs Democrat
Michael Moore
Moore is a vociferous critic of President Bush
Controversial US filmmaker Michael Moore has declared his support for Wesley Clark, one of eight US Democrats hoping to run for president in 2004.

In an article on his website, Moore described the retired US general as "clearly the absolute best hope we have of defeating George W Bush".

General Clark said Moore was "an enormous talent and an inspirational figure for millions of Americans".

Moore won an Oscar in 2003 for his documentary Bowling For Columbine.

"That's right, a peacenik is voting for a general. What a country," Moore wrote in his lengthy article.

"He will make the rich pay their fair share of taxes. He will stand up for the rights of women, African-Americans and the working people of this country. And he will cream George W Bush."

Moore is only the latest celebrity to endorse General Clark.

Earlier this month Madonna posted a letter on her website in support of the Democratic presidential candidate.

Madonna has also publicly supported General Clark
"I'm supporting Wes Clark because in him I see the qualifications, character and vision we so desperately need," she wrote.

"He is smart and he is good."

Her sentiments are echoed by Moore, who describes General Clark as "an honest, decent, honourable man who would be a breath of fresh air in the White House".

Moore, whose other documentaries include 1989's Roger and Me and the forthcoming Fahrenheit 9/11, has been vociferous in his criticism of President Bush.

During a visit to London in November to promote his book Dude, Where's My Country?, he called Bush an "idiot" who had embroiled America in "a war without end" in Iraq.

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