Presidential Debate Word Counts (Selected Words)

It’s not strictly speaking economics, but I was curious about how many times different words came up at the Presidential Debate on October 3, 2012.

Here’s a summary of counts of selected words. This is based on the transcript from the San Jose Mercury News. This combines the words of Governor Romney, President Obama, and moderator Jim Lehrer.

People

97

Tax

60

Plan

55

Government

53

Cut

46

Care

44

Medicare

42

Jobs

38

Insurance

37

Health

36

Businesses

32

Deficit

31

Percent

29

America

29

Money

28

Economy

28

Federal

27

State

26

Trillion

24

Education

24

Believe

21

Country

21

Families

21

Billion

19

Obamacare

19

Revenue

17

Spending

17

Pay

16

Regulation

15

Reason

15

Deductions

15

Difference

15

Budget

14

Schools

14

Middle

14

Program

13

Reduce

13

Growth

13

Costs

13

Middle-Class

12

Dodd-Frank

12

Medicaid

12

Balanced

11

Opportunity

11

Military

11

Economic

11

Republican

11

Class

11

Massachusetts

11

Teachers

9

Loopholes

9

Pre-Existing

9

$5 Trillion

9

Forward

9

Support

9

Overseas

8

Presidential

8

Corporate

8

Independent

8

Ok

8

$716 Billion

8

Republicans

8

Absolutely

8

High-Income

7

Path

7

Future

7

Investments

7

Middle-Income

7

Commission

7

Free

7

College

7

Breaks

7

Crisis

7

Democrats

7

Grow

7

School

6

Conditions

6

Differences

6

Voucher

6

Nation

6

University

6

Fight

6

Trillion-Dollar

6

Principles

6

Model

6

Social

6

Buy

6

Consequence

6

Millions

6

Loans

5

Bipartisan

5

Traditional

5

Market

5

Wind

5

Democratic

5

Gas

4

Trickle-Down

4

Trump

4

Financial

4

Grandmother

4

Green

4

Community

4

Domestic

3

Coal

3

War

3

Science

3

Reagan

3

Solar

2

Creator

2

Creative

2

Hospitals

2

Clinton

2

Lincoln

2

Wars

2

Solyndra

1

Taxation

1

Taxpayer

1

Garage

1

God

1

Eisenhower

1

Finance

1

Mandate

1

Manufacturing

1

Investment

1

Liberty

1

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