Thursday, October 16, 2008

McCain-Obama Presidential Debate: Word Up

OK, stats and graphics from last night's final Presidential debate between Obama and McCain at Hofstra University, using this transcript.

We'll roughly follow the same format as we did for the VP debate.

So, how many words did each candidate speak in the debate?

Barack Obama: 7,356
John McCain: 6,642

So it wasn't just our imagination. Obama kept going on and on and on and on. If only we loved the sound of Obama's voice as much as he did.

And how was their speaking level?

Flesch Reading Ease: 71.73
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6.00

Flesch Reading Ease: 75.10
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 5.00

Well. If we look back at these scores in the VP debate things are very clear (that post also has a discussion of the Flesch Reading Ease and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level scores).

Palin clearly speaks at the highest level, Obama-Biden are mired in mediocrity, and McCain speaks at the level best understood by the electorate. At least that's our spin and we're sticking to it.

Finally, here are word clouds created from the transcript for Obama and McCain.


Obama Debate Word Cloud


McCain Debate Word Cloud

You can click on either image to enlarge. Word clouds created with Wordle

1 comment:

  1. McCain and Palin look, act and talk like amiable robots... both of them are the perfect combination to carry on the legacy of George W. Bush.

    the fact that anyone is praising McCain for his performance in the third debate proves that he and Palin have lowered people's expectations down to nothing (don't forget, the VP debates were a tie!)