"Change" is the One Issue All Candidates Agree On

By: Jake Tapper
By: Jake Tapper

There is an issue in this Primary that has united the candidates, Democrat and Republican, and that issue is "change."

All the candidates have been promising change after the voters in Iowa said that they were yearning for it.

But what do the voters mean when they say they want change?

"You need some change?" asked Republican Candidate Mike Huckabee.

"I have change for a quarter. Just to say change, that's political talk. The real talk is are you going to change the tax system, are you going to change the mood of this country, are you going to change the rules so that people in small business can survive?"

After two terms of President Bush, 75% of the American people say they want the next President to take the country in a new direction.

That includes 92% of Democrats and even a majority, 53%, of Republicans.

In New Hampshire, everybody talks about change but from the looks of the signs, nobody can agree on what kind of change they want - Huckabee, McCain, Ron Paul, ending the war, global warming, bipartisanship - nobody can agree.

This desire for new, for different, is American as apple pie.

"Most elections are won by the candidate that can convince the electorate that they can produce a better future," said Presidential Historian Richard Norton Smith.

We will have change in January 2009.

Whether it will be change for the better is another matter.

The second-place finisher for the Democrats in New Hampshire even spoke about change in a speech after the results were tallied.

Barack Obama said he knew the climb would be steep, but in record numbers voters came out and spoke up for change.


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