Linguistic Analysis of Candidates

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The race for the White House in 2012 has begun, as have key congressional primary races in 2010. Assessing their conservatism may be as simple as counting the frequency of their references to conservative concepts in their speeches and writings.

Potential Republican candidates for president include:

  1. Jeb Bush
  2. Mike Huckabee
  3. Sarah Palin
  4. Mitt Romney

as a baseline, John McCain can also be analyzed linguistically.

Key congressional candidates facing primary challenges include:

  1. Arlen Specter

The 20 key conservative terms are:

  1. Bureaucracy (search on "bureaucra")
  2. Death tax
  3. Deregulation (search on "dereg")
  4. Dumb down
  5. Elitism (search on "elit")
  6. Free enterprise/market (search on "free ")
  7. Grassroots
  8. Homeschool (sometimes hyphenated)
  9. Illegal alien
  10. Meritocracy
  11. Phonics
  12. Politically correct (also political correctness)
  13. Privatize (search on "privatiz")
  14. Pro-life
  15. Property right
  16. Quota
  17. Self-defense (search on "self")
  18. Self-indulgence
  19. Small business
  20. Victimization

Analysis

Candidate Total Bureaucracy Death tax Deregulation Dumb down Elitism Free enterprise/market Grassroots Homeschool Illegal alien Meritocracy Phonics Politically correct Privatize Pro-life Property right Quota Self-defense Self-indulgence Small business Victimization
McCain's CPAC Speech[1] 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Palin's RNC Speech[2] 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Huckabee's RNC Speech[3] 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Duncan Hunter's CPAC Speech[4] 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Senator Arlen Specter's Speech[5] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Giuliani's RNC Speech[6] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References

  1. McCain at 2008 CPAC
  2. Palin's Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention
  3. Huckabee's Speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention
  4. [http://republican.electionblogger.com/gohunter08/public_html/article.php?story=20070307030434734 Duncan Hunter's Speech at the 2007 CPAC]
  5. Senator Arlen Specter
  6. Giulani's Speech to 2008 RNC
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