'Change' Falls Flat With Hoosiers

Voters clinging to 'traditional values' could require Democrats to tweak approach
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2008 2:13 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., puts his hand over his heart during the National Anthem before the start of the Little 500 women's bicycle race at the University of Indiana in...   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Despite the ubiquitous use of “change” as a rallying cry in the Democratic primaries, the New York Times notes, the candidates might want to reconsider using it ahead of Indiana's May 6 primary. Although they’re dissatisfied with the economic toll taken by the decline in manufacturing, voters generally expressed “queasiness” in response to both candidates' use of the mantra.

“We are manufacturing workers, farmers, beer drinkers, gun owners, pickup drivers,” summed up a volunteer at a Clinton field office. Still, the state remains unpredictable—it is a bit of a demographic “quilt,” with the northwest practically a Chicago suburb and the south like an extension of Kentucky. And Indiana's primary, unlike Pennsylvania's, is open to independents and Republicans, adding to uncertainty.