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   AP: Change vs. experience may be '08 choice

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5/28/2007 6:00 am

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USA Today

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Entered 5/28/2007, Updated 5/28/2007

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U.S. voters are torn between competing cravings as they prepare to choose a new president in 2008: Change or experience? They are demanding something new, but there is comfort in the tried and true. The American public's low opinion of Washington and growing concern about the direction of the country point to 2008 being a "change" election, one like the campaigns of 1976 and 1992 — when Washington outsiders Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were elected — as people looked for a marked departure from the status quo. But the war in Iraq and the rise of global terrorism make for an anxious electorate and could turn this into a "war" election, one like the campaigns of 1944 and 2004 when voters found comfort in the most experienced candidates — incumbents Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush. Change versus experience? The White House will likely go to the man or woman who speaks best to both.


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