The White House hopefuls talk a lot. But they do have favorite words says Dictionary.com, which used a metadata analysis of transcripts from every presidential debate through mid-February to determine which words were “most statistically significant” among contenders. “Every idea and belief, down to the level of the individual words chosen, counts,” says Liz McMillan, CEO of the popular information site.
One telling word tops the list for each candidate, however. Donald Trump likes “eminent.” It was “utterly” for Sen. Ted Cruz and “apocalyptic” for Sen. Marco Rubio. Gov. John Kasich favored “blue-collar” while Hillary Clinton relied on “systemic” and Sen. Bernard Sanders “handful.” Here’s the top-10 favorite words from each candidate’s debate lexicon:
Mr. Trump: Eminent, tremendous, sudden, scholar, inversion, Atlantic, businessman, nasty, beautiful, domain.
Mr. Cruz: Utterly, cronyism, ration, Rubio-Schumer, objective, jihad, sessions, distract, suspend, patrol.
Mr. Rubio: Apocalyptic, agent, Guantanamo, sophisticated, modernize, vat, grandfather, Moammar, paycheck, killer.
Mr. Kasich: Blue-collar, surplus, formula, incumbent, architect, balanced, budget, miner, discipline, Pentagon.
Mrs. Clinton: Systemic, children, seller, Libyans, Europeans, recommend, out-of-pocket, elsewhere, LGBT, AIG.
Mr. Sanders: Handful, crumble, speculation, tuition-free, substantially, cease-fire, one-tenth, U.K., Cayman Islands, buck.
ONE FOR THE YOUNGEST AMERICANS
Pro-life advocates have Republican muscle on Wednesday. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sens. Tim Scott and Ben Sasse plus Rep. Virginia Foxx, Tim Huelskamp and Jim Jordan will be among those assembled outside the Supreme Court. Inside, the eight justices will hear “Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt” to determine if a Texas law which regulates safety standards at abortion clinics is a violation of the Constitution. Pro-lifers deem the case one of the most important moments before the high court since “Roe v. Wade” 43 years ago.
“Every single elected official has a responsibility to work together to protect the unborn, and craft strong, pro-life policies like those I have proudly supported over my time in public life,” notes Mr. Scott; the South Carolina lawmaker himself is a co-sponsor of five key pieces of pro-life legislation.
A vocal crowd is expected. Among the 20 groups represented: Students for Life of America, Susan B. Anthony List, Heritage Foundation and Concerned Women for America and Live Action.
“This case is about protecting women from predatory abortionists who would rather make a profit than make sure they have admitting privileges to the nearest hospital,” says Kristin Hawkins, president of the nonprofit student group. “What ever happened to the pro-choice mantra of ‘safe, legal and rare’?”
Republican hopeful Ben Carson has called for a meeting of all the candidates prior to the 11th Republican presidential debate on Thursday in Detroit, to be aired by Fox News. Mr. Carson is on behavior patrol.
“This race has taken a turn for the worse, to the point of embarrassment on the world stage. A house divided cannot stand, and it is imperative the Republican Party exhibit unity by the candidates coming together with a pledge to talk about the many serious problems facing our country, instead of personally attacking each other,” he says, adding, “America’s children and grandchildren are depending on us to fight for them and future generations, not fight each other.”
ONE FOR ANDREW BREITBART
The feisty Heartland Institute has named its new state-of-the-art digital event space and studio the “Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center” to honor the late media maven and innovative gadfly who died unexpectedly four years ago. The space is a technological doozy, meant for live-streaming policy events, forums, movie screenings and other fare. The Chicago-based nonprofit organization plans to offer it free-of-charge to conservative, libertarian and other “liberty-centric” groups.
“Andrew Breitbart was a genuine American hero. He inspired millions of people to stand up and speak the truth about what is happening in America,” says Heartland president Joseph Bast.
LET THE TWITTER FEUDS COMMENCE
A discerning Beltway reader points out that some high-profile news media folk duke it out with one another on Twitter — just like politicians. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” the reader notes. Indeed, the practice has become part of the press landscape, just as candidate tweets and countertweets now litter the campaign trail.
Two recent examples. Fox News stalwart Brit Hume recently challenged talk radio host Laura Ingraham over a particular quote about Donald Trump‘s chances of winning the GOP nomination versus the 2016 election. “The discussion was about the general election. Your quote is wrong. Please delete and correct.” Ms. Ingraham did that. Mr. Hume tweeted thanks.
Fox News host Sean Hannity, meanwhile, had a complex disagreement over immigration policy, the 2016 candidates and a New York Times article with pundit Ann Coulter that stretched over two dozen tweets, with input from the reading public. “I’m finished with our mini Twitter feud, I agree with you on immigration,” Mr. Hannity tweeted at last, though some back and forth continued.
There are enormous audiences here. Mr. Hannity has 1.3 million followers, Ms. Coulter 784,000, Ms. Ingraham 654,000 and Mr. Hume 420,000.
POLL (AND STATS) DU JOUR
• 50 percent of Americans would go back in time and be a child for a week if they could; 50 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 49 percent of Democrats agree.
• 38 percent would not go back to childhood; 42 percent of Republicans, 34 percent of independents and 41 percent of Democrats agree.
• 51 is the “ideal age in terms of wisdom” according to all respondents (mean number); Republicans said 51, independents 50 and Democrats 51.
• 34 is the “ideal age” in general, according to all respondents; Republicans said 34, independents 33 and Democrats 36.
Source: A YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Feb. 22-24.
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