Political Tag Clouds

October 19, 2008

Senator John McCain at Third Presidential Debate (October 15, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, debates, john mccain, republicans — Tags: , , , — jbushnell @ 2:17 pm

Transcript taken from here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/10/debate-transcri.html

Compare, if you like, against John McCain’s tag cloud from the second debate, or from the first.

Process notes: cloud generated by Wordle.net. In the complete transcript, the following groupings words were converted to single phrases for improved frequency analysis: full process notes can be found accompanying the tag cloud of all participants at the third debate.

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Senator Barack Obama at Third Presidential Debate (October 15, 2008)

Filed under: barack obama, campaign 2008, democrats — Tags: , , , — jbushnell @ 2:08 pm

Transcript taken from here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/10/debate-transcri.html

Compare, if you like, against Obama’s tag cloud from the second debate, or from the first.

Process notes: cloud generated by Wordle.net. In the complete transcript, the following groupings words were converted to single phrases for improved frequency analysis: full process notes can be found accompanying the tag cloud of all participants at the third debate.

October 16, 2008

All participants at Third McCain-Obama Presidential Debate (October 15, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, debates — Tags: , — jbushnell @ 12:29 pm

Tag clouds of all participants at third debate, including moderator. Transcript taken from here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/10/debate-transcri.html

Process notes: Tag cloud generated via wordle.net. Some words were combined into phrases for improved frequency analysis. Full list is as follows: “Senator McCain” combined as “SenatorMcCain,” “Senator Obama” combined as “SenatorObama,” “Wall Street” combined as “WallStreet,” “Joe Biden” and “Joe” (when referencing Biden) combined as “JoeBiden,” “Great Depression” combined as “GreatDepression,” “middle class” / “middle-class” / “middle-income” all combined as “middleclass,” “Joe Wurzelbacher” / “Joe the Plumber” / “Joe” (except when referencing Biden) all combined as “Joe-the-Plumber,” “$” / “dollar” both combined with “dollars,” “Bill Ayers” and “Mr. Ayers” both combined as “BillAyers,” “Supreme Court” combined as “SupremeCourt,” “tax” combined with “taxes,” “small business” / “small businesses” both combined as “smallbusiness,” “Roe v. Wade” / “Roe versus Wade” both combined as “Roe-v-Wade,” “President Bush” / “Bush” both combined as “PresidentBush,” “last eight years” combined as “last8years,” “White House” combined as “WhiteHouse,” “Democrat” combined with “Democrats,” “Republican” combined with “Republicans,” “Middle Eastern” / “Middle East” both combined as “MiddleEast,” “short-term” combined as “shortterm,” “long-term” combined as “longterm,” “Freddie Mac” combined as “FreddieMac,” “Fannie Mae” combined as “FannieMae,” “D.C.” combined as “DC,” both “United States” and “U.S.” combined as “UnitedStates,” “Time’s up” combined as “Time’sUp,” “No Child Left Behind” combined as “NoChildLeftBehind,” “New Orleans” combined as “NewOrleans,” “health care” combined as “healthcare.” Not all phrases modified in this fashion are reflected in the final 99-word cloud(s), and not all phrases were used by both candidates.

October 13, 2008

All speakers at Second Presidential Debate (October 7, 2008)

Tag cloud generated by wordle.net. Cloud generated from total field of language used by both candidates, Tom Brokaw, and the audience. Process notes and link to transcript can be seen on the tag cloud posted for either John McCain or Barack Obama. The only addition for this particular cloud is that the names of the individual participants (SenatorMcCain, SenatorObama and Tom) have been deleted.

October 11, 2008

Tag Cloud of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama at Second Presidential Debate (October 7, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, debates — Tags: , — jbushnell @ 12:25 pm

Just thought that I’d lay out the two tag clouds below (John McCain’s debate remarks and Barack Obama’s) in an alternate configuration. The red cloud contains McCain’s frequently-used words and the blue one Obama’s. Enjoy!

Tag cloud generated by wordle.net. Process notes can be seen on the posts for either of the individual clouds that comprise this one.

Tag Cloud of Senator John McCain at Second Presidential Debate (October 7, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, debates, john mccain, republicans — Tags: , , — jbushnell @ 12:05 pm

Transcript text taken from http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/10/barack_obama_john_mccain_debat_1.html.

For comparison’s sake, here’s the tag cloud of John McCain at the first Presidential debate.

Process notes: Tag cloud generated by wordle.net. Combinations or substitutions made for clarity: Combinations or substitutions made for clarity: Senator McCain / Senator John McCain is now SenatorMcCain; Senator Obama / Senator Barack Obama is now SenatorObama; $ / dollars is now USD (so $700 billion is now USD700billion); Ronald Reagan / Reagan is now RonaldReagan; middle class / middle-class / middle-income is now middleclass; President Bush is now PresidentBush; United Nations / U.N. is now UnitedNations ; both George Bush and Bush are now GeorgeBush; e-mail is now email; sub-prime is now subprime; Secretary Paulson / Paulson are both now SecretaryPaulson; Fannie Mae / Fannie are both now FannieMae; Freddie Mac / Freddie are both now FreddieMac; Wall Street is now WallStreet; Main Street is now MainStreet; small businesses / small business / small-business are all now smallbusiness; banks is now banking; policies is now policy; Warren Buffett is now WarrenBuffett; town hall is now townhall; health care is now healthcare; 10 year is now 10years; mortgage has been combined with mortgages; United States / U.S. is now UnitedStates; policies has been combined with policy; Warren Buffett is now WarrenBuffett; next president is now nextpresident; Social Security is now SocialSecurity; republicans has been combined with republican; Joe Lieberman / Lieberman are both now JoeLieberman ; Russ Feingold is now RussFeingold; Ted Kennedy is now TedKennedy; terrorist has been combined with terrorists ; North Korea is now NorthKorea; United Nations is now UnitedNations; Israelis has been combined with Israel; Middle East is now MiddleEast; Russian / Russians are both now Russia; Chinese is now China; Iranians / Iranian have been combined with Iran; U.N. / United Nations are both now UnitedNations; Cold War is now ColdWar; Soviet Union is now SovietUnion; Pakistanis / Pakistani are both combined with Pakistan ; Afghans / Afghan are both combined with Afghanistan; Iraqis / Iraqi are both combined with Iraq; Vladimir Putin is now VladimirPutin; loan has been combined with loans; Osama Bin Laden / bin Laden are both OsamaBinLaden; Al Qaeda / Al Qaida are both now alQaeda; national security is now NationalSecurity; General Petraeus is now GeneralPetraeus; Teddy Roosevelt is now TeddyRoosevelt; health insurance is now HealthInsurance ; CEO has been combined with CEOs; New York is now NewYork; two years is now 2years; eight years is now 8years; 30 years is now 30years; seven years is now 7years; a year / one year are both now 1year; numbers were largely converted so, 6.8 billion is now 68000000000; Fortune 500 is now Fortune500; state and local governments is now stategovernment and localgovernment; domestic and foreign policy is now domesticpolicy and foreignpolicy; foreign policy is now foreignpolicy; thank you is now thankyou; economic / economics are both combined into economy; tax (but not taxed) has been combined with taxes.

For fairness purposes, these changes were implemented on the entire debate transcript (both candidates). Not all phrases altered in this fashion appear in the completed (150 word) tag cloud, and not all phrases were spoken by both candidates.

Tag Cloud of Senator Barack Obama at Second Presidential Debate (October 7, 2008)

Filed under: barack obama, campaign 2008, debates, democrats — Tags: , , — jbushnell @ 11:15 am

Transcript text taken from http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/10/barack_obama_john_mccain_debat_1.html.

For comparison’s sake, here’s the tag cloud of Barack Obama at the first Presidential debate.

Process notes: Tag cloud generated by wordle.net. Combinations or substitutions made for clarity: Combinations or substitutions made for clarity: Senator McCain / Senator John McCain is now SenatorMcCain; Senator Obama / Senator Barack Obama is now SenatorObama; $ / dollars is now USD (so $700 billion is now USD700billion); Ronald Reagan / Reagan is now RonaldReagan; middle class / middle-class / middle-income is now middleclass; President Bush is now PresidentBush; United Nations / U.N. is now UnitedNations ; both George Bush and Bush are now GeorgeBush; e-mail is now email; sub-prime is now subprime; Secretary Paulson / Paulson are both now SecretaryPaulson; Fannie Mae / Fannie are both now FannieMae; Freddie Mac / Freddie are both now FreddieMac; Wall Street is now WallStreet; Main Street is now MainStreet; small businesses / small business / small-business are all now smallbusiness; banks is now banking; policies is now policy; Warren Buffett is now WarrenBuffett; town hall is now townhall; health care is now healthcare; 10 year is now 10years; mortgage has been combined with mortgages; United States / U.S. is now UnitedStates; policies has been combined with policy; Warren Buffett is now WarrenBuffett; next president is now nextpresident; Social Security is now SocialSecurity; republicans has been combined with republican; Joe Lieberman / Lieberman are both now JoeLieberman ; Russ Feingold is now RussFeingold; Ted Kennedy is now TedKennedy; terrorist has been combined with terrorists ; North Korea is now NorthKorea; United Nations is now UnitedNations; Israelis has been combined with Israel; Middle East is now MiddleEast; Russian / Russians are both now Russia; Chinese is now China; Iranians / Iranian have been combined with Iran; U.N. / United Nations are both now UnitedNations; Cold War is now ColdWar; Soviet Union is now SovietUnion; Pakistanis / Pakistani are both combined with Pakistan ; Afghans / Afghan are both combined with Afghanistan; Iraqis / Iraqi are both combined with Iraq; Vladimir Putin is now VladimirPutin; loan has been combined with loans; Osama Bin Laden / bin Laden are both OsamaBinLaden; Al Qaeda / Al Qaida are both now alQaeda; national security is now NationalSecurity; General Petraeus is now GeneralPetraeus; Teddy Roosevelt is now TeddyRoosevelt; health insurance is now HealthInsurance ; CEO has been combined with CEOs; New York is now NewYork; two years is now 2years; eight years is now 8years; 30 years is now 30years; seven years is now 7years; a year / one year are both now 1year; numbers were largely converted so, 6.8 billion is now 68000000000; Fortune 500 is now Fortune500; state and local governments is now stategovernment and localgovernment; domestic and foreign policy is now domesticpolicy and foreignpolicy; foreign policy is now foreignpolicy; thank you is now thankyou; economic / economics are both combined into economy; tax (but not taxed) has been combined with taxes.

For fairness purposes, these changes were implemented on the entire debate transcript (both candidates). Not all phrases altered in this fashion appear in the completed (150 word) tag cloud, and not all phrases were spoken by both candidates.

October 4, 2008

Tag Cloud of Joe Biden at Vice-Presidential Debate (October 2, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, democrats — Tags: , , — jbushnell @ 1:01 am

Tag cloud generated by Wordle.net.

We used the transcript available at http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/02/debate.transcript/

Some changes were made to the original transcript for clarity’s sake: First, apostrophes in posessives were replaced with spaces to ensure that posessives were not considered differently than the nouns. Second, in order to improve visualization of phrase frequency we made the following changes: Gov. changed to Governor, Sen. changed to Senator, Wall Street changed to WallStreet, Barack Obama changed to BarackObama, Main Street changed to MainStreet, Governor Palin changed to GovernorPalin, Senator McCain changed to SenatorMcCain, John McCain changed to JohnMcCain, Senator Biden changed to SenatorBiden, Bush Doctrine changed to BushDoctrine, George Bush / Bush (when not a part of BushDoctrine or BushAdministration) changed to GeorgeBush, middle class changed to middleclass, Fannie Mae changed to FannieMae, Freddie Mac changed to FreddieMac, small business(es) / small-business changed to smallbusiness, federal government changed to FederalGovernment, vice president / V.P. changed to vicepresident, understands changed to understand, terror / terrorists changed to terrorism, United States / U.S. changed to UnitedStates, North America changed to NorthAmerica, Al Qaeda changed to alQaeda, Gen. Petraeus / Petraeus changed to GeneralPetraeus, off-shore changed to offshore, two-state solution changed to Two-stateSolution, vice-presidency changed to vicepresidency, you know changed to youknow, White House changed to WhiteHouse, sub prime changed to subprime, health care changed to healthcare, Ronald Reagan / Reagan changed to RonaldReagan, No Child Left Behind changed to NoChildLeftBehind, American people changed to AmericanPeople, Exxon Mobil / Exxon Mobils changed to ExxonMobil, $ / dollar / dollars changed to USD

Not all of the terms combined in this manner were used frequently enough to appear among the 100 words depicted in the finished word cloud, and some of them were initially used by Biden and not by Palin and vice-versa.

October 3, 2008

Tag Cloud of Sarah Palin at Vice-Presidential Debate (October 2, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, republicans, sarah palin — Tags: , , — jbushnell @ 5:27 pm

Tag cloud generated by Wordle.net.

We used the transcript available at http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/02/debate.transcript/

Some changes were made to the original transcript for clarity’s sake: First, apostrophes in posessives were replaced with spaces to ensure that posessives were not considered differently than the nouns. Second, in order to improve visualization of phrase frequency we made the following changes: Gov. changed to Governor, Sen. changed to Senator, Wall Street changed to WallStreet, Barack Obama changed to BarackObama, Main Street changed to MainStreet, Governor Palin changed to GovernorPalin, Senator McCain changed to SenatorMcCain, John McCain changed to JohnMcCain, Senator Biden changed to SenatorBiden, Bush Doctrine changed to BushDoctrine, George Bush / Bush (when not a part of BushDoctrine or BushAdministration) changed to GeorgeBush, middle class changed to middleclass, Fannie Mae changed to FannieMae, Freddie Mac changed to FreddieMac, small business(es) / small-business changed to smallbusiness, federal government changed to FederalGovernment, vice president / V.P. changed to vicepresident, understands changed to understand, terror / terrorists changed to terrorism, United States / U.S. changed to UnitedStates, North America changed to NorthAmerica, Al Qaeda changed to alQaeda, Gen. Petraeus / Petraeus changed to GeneralPetraeus, off-shore changed to offshore, two-state solution changed to Two-stateSolution, vice-presidency changed to vicepresidency, you know changed to youknow, White House changed to WhiteHouse, sub prime changed to subprime, health care changed to healthcare, Ronald Reagan / Reagan changed to RonaldReagan, No Child Left Behind changed to NoChildLeftBehind, American people changed to AmericanPeople, Exxon Mobil / Exxon Mobils changed to ExxonMobil, $ / dollar / dollars changed to USD

Not all of the terms combined in this manner were used frequently enough to appear among the 100 words depicted in the finished word cloud, and some of them were initially used by Biden and not by Palin and vice-versa.

September 28, 2008

John McCain at First Presidential Debate (September 25, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, john mccain, republicans — Tags: , , — jbushnell @ 11:25 pm

Tag cloud of Senator John McCain’s frequently-used words in the first Presidential debate, September 25, 2008:

Created using Wordle.net. Note that some corrections / clarifications were made. Some spaces were removed from phrases including United States, pork barrel, and Next President so the words would not be tagged separately. Instances of McCain and Senator McCain were combined as SenatorMcCain. Instances of Obama and Senator Obama were combined as SenatorObama. Iranian was combined with Iran, Russian was combined with Russia. Tax was combined with Taxes. Because the cloudmaker didn’t like $, it was replaced with USD. Etc, etc, etc.

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