John Edwards introduced a new stump speech -- and with it a renewed focus on front-runner Hillary Clinton -- today in Hanover as he kicked-off a four day bus tour through the state.
Edwards's renewed focus on "change" today comes at a time when the central debate of the Democratic race for president has been Obama's own discussion of change against Clinton's talk of experience.
Polling among New Hampshire Democratic voters recent months has shown Clinton, Obama and Edwards locked in first, second and third place with little movement.
"This line of change doesn't appear all that different from what he has been saying," said Wayne Lesperance, a political science professor at New England College in Henniker, N.H. "But he is trying to get in the mix with Obama and Clinton who really have been talking over him."
In prepared remarks Edwards was to say: "small thinking and outdated answers arenâ€™t the only problems with a vision for the future that is rooted in nostalgia. The trouble with nostalgia is that you tend to remember what you liked and forget what you didnâ€™t. Itâ€™s not just that the answers of the past arenâ€™t up to the job today, itâ€™s that the system that produced them was corrupt â€“ and still is."
The nostalgia lines were in no doubt references to Clinton, who just two months ago campaign with her husband, the popular former president, in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Edwards will also campaign today in Keene, Peterborough, and Hooksett.