Friday FunLink – What Did The Presidential Candidates Say?

I go out of my way to not offer partisan political perspective at this blog. As we’re still quite early in the 2016 presidential campaign (less than 13 months to go!) and still in the “sporting” stage of the race, sharing these links is hard to resist.

The journalists over at NBC News (yes, they’re still a leading news source) analyzed both the Republican and Democratic debates to determine and compare the most commonly used words. The entire article is worth a read (especially for the methodology in this survey), but here’s the lists with the number of mentions. (I list the Democrats first b/c they were the most recent and the article presents them first too):

Democrats

  • Obama – 34
  • Wall Street – 25
  • Syria – 22
  • Climate Change – 22
  • Russia – 16
  • Banks – 16
  • Iran – 14
  • Gun – 42
  • Marijuana – 11
  • Education – 10
  • China/Chinese – 13
  • Immigration – 9
  • Inequality – 9
  • ISIS/ISIL – 5
  • Small business – 4
  • Marriage – 3
  • Trump – 3
  • Obamacare – 2
  • Planned Parenthood – 1
  • God – 3
  • Terror – 3
  • Border – 2
  • Abortion – 0
  • Faith – 0
  • Religious liberty – 0
  • Amnesty – 0
  • Radical Islam – 0

Republicans

  • Obama – 34
  • Clinton – 27
  • Iran – 26
  • ISIS/ISIL – 22
  • Border – 20
  • God – 19
  • Immigration – 18
  • Terror – 15
  • Education – 11
  • Abortion – 10
  • Russia – 9
  • Obamacare – 9
  • China/Chinese – 8
  • Amnesty – 8
  • Planned Parenthood – 8
  • Small business – 5
  • Radical Islam – 4
  • Religious liberty – 4
  • Banks – 2
  • Wall Street – 1
  • Syria – 1
  • Gun – 2
  • Climate change – 0
  • Inequality – 0
  • Marijuana – 0

Here’s a visual representation for the Republican debate.  The one for the Democrats is above.

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For comparison, here’s the word cloud showing what Pope Francis said in his prepared addresses, homilies, etc during his recent US visit:

Words Pope Francis Used the Most During His Visit

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