Political Tag Clouds

November 6, 2008

John McCain’s Concession Speech (Tuesday, November 4, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, john mccain, republicans, speeches — Tags: , , , , — jbushnell @ 11:44 am

Transcript taken from here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96631784&ft=1&f=1001. Contrast it against other McCain clouds here.

Process notes: Word cloud created by wordle.net. Some words combined into phrases for improved frequency analysis: “Senator Obama” now “SenatorObama”, and when used as an adjective, “American” has been combined with its noun.

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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.

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 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.

October 1, 2008

John McCain’s Acceptance Speech at RNC (September 4, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, john mccain, republicans — Tags: , , , — cjolesh @ 12:16 am

Source: http://portal.gopconvention2008.com/speech/details.aspx?id=84

Process notes: word cloud generated by Wordle.net. Combinations and other edits: United States changed to UnitedStates, Senator Obama changed to SenatorObama, teacher changed to teachers, health care changed to healthcare, White House changed to WhiteHouse, Pearl Harbor changed to PearlHarbor, vice president changed to VicePresident, child changed to children, Governor Sarah Palin / Governor Palin changed to GovernorPalin, tax / taxation changed to taxes, Americans changed to American, family changed to families, $ or dollar changed to USD, opportunities changed to opportunity, school changed to schools .

Some of these changes are not reflected in the finished cloud as the counts remained too low.

A space was added before each (NOUN)’s to ensure that possessives were not listed differently than the nouns that possess.

Note that we did not combine words relating to work, although their counts were high (work -15 instances, worked – 3 instances, workers – 6 instances, workforce – 1 instance, working – 2 instances, and works – 6 instances).

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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