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What Voters Had to Say

March 12, 1996

``We’ve tried experience in the past, but we don’t have it now and we are paying the price.″ _ John Schaedel, 51, of Orange Park, Fla., a bank vice president who said he voted for Bob Dole.

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``I like the idea of his flat tax. The tax system in the United States is very unfair. You work so hard and they take it all away from you.″ _ Dianne Jackson, 49, a cytotechnologist from Brandon, Miss., who voted for Steve Forbes.

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``He takes a stand. He’s got opinions.″ Lyn Brannon, of Johnson City, Tenn., who voted for Pat Buchanan ``because he’s right-to-life.″

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``President Clinton is standing up and protecting Social Security and student loans.″ _ Donna Cataldo, a 30-year-old office worker from Salem, Ore., who voted for Clinton.

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``I think we will have a Republican president regardless of who it is. ... I just don’t trust Clinton.″ _ Tom Buckman, 50, of Land O’Lakes, Fla., who voted for Forbes.

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``She was giving her Christian testimony. It was not a political speech; it was about the importance of God in what she felt.″ _ Jackie Lynn Faulkner, a teacher from Dallas, who said she voted for Dole because she was impressed by a church speech by his wife, Elizabeth.

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``I think the others are a little bit too radical. I don’t think Steve Forbes needs to be a politician. I think Mr. Dole is making too many promises he can’t keep.″ _ Toni Thompson, a 44-year-old Oklahoma City homemaker, who voted for Buchanan.

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``I think he has the best background, the best following, and the best chance to win the election. That’s the name of the game: beat Bill Clinton.″ _ Richard Raines of Portland, Ore., a retired radiologist who voted for Dole.

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