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Former Sen. John Edwards is launching what his campaign describes as a new phase of his candidacy on Thursday - declaring himself as the candidate of real change and implicitly skewering the Democratic frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In an address in New Hampshire, Edwards plans to put the contrast thus, according to excerpts released by his advisers on Wednesday: "It is caution versus courage. Old versus new. Calculation versus principle. It is the establishment elites versus the American people. It is a choice between the failed compromises of the past and the bright possibilities of our future." (He does not, predictably, mention Clinton by name).

Edwards continues: "But small thinking and outdated answers aren't the only problems with a vision for the future that is rooted in nostalgia.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 didn't. It's not just that the answers of the past aren't up to the job today, it's that the system that produced them was corrupt - and still is."

Clinton, of course, has built her candidacy partly around the success of her husband's two terms in office in the 1990s. The Clintons campaigned together in July, repeatedly referring to the economic success of that era - without mentioning the less memorable moments, such as the failure to capture Osama bin Laden or the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Edwards, who comes in third place in many national polls and is in a three-way tie with Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama in the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa, is seeking to present himself as the candidate most likely to win general election in November of 2008. He is spending this weekend on a bus tour of New Hampshire.

--Anne E. Kornblut

By Washington Post editors  |  August 22, 2007; 6:08 PM ET
 
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