(September 11, 2003) — (Undated-AP) -- If retired Army General Wesley Clark opts against running for president, Democrat Howard Dean wants Clark's support. The pair met in California on Saturday to discuss the presidential race that Clark is expected to enter as early as next week, becoming the tenth Democratic candidate. Dean is the current front-runner. He asked Clark for his support on the outside chance that Clark doesn't seek the presidency on his own. Dean's campaign manager says Clark and Dean have met several times to discuss issues and that Dean has asked for Clark's support each time. A senior adviser, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said Clark has signaled to associates that he is poised to enter the race next week barring. The adviser says only last-minute objections from Clark's wife or an unexpected determination that Clark couldn't mount an effective campaign could get in the way.