Speech Wars - Tracking the Candidates Words    Press Coverage of Speechwars
  Weclome to SpeechWars, a great way to explore the words that make a nation:

State of the Union - Type in a word and see how often presidents have used it in over 200 State of the Union addresses.

Inaugural Addresses - Type in a word and see how often presidents have used it in inaugural addresses throughout history, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Election 2008 - Type in a word and see how often Obama and Mccain used it in their speeches over three years, from 2004 through election night.

You can start by clicking on the examples, or trying some of your own. You can also compare two words by using both text boxes. Enter only single words - no phrases. You can also get some ideas by looking at the fascinating word clouds.

Choose the counts option to see how many times your word appears in each speech. Choose the percentages option to see the word counts as a percentage of the total number of words in each speech - i.e. the word counts adjusted by the length of the speech.

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For the Election Edition, the analyses are based on over 150 speeches from each candidate, downloaded from their respective campaign and senatorial websites. (A gap for Senator Mccain's speeches between September 2007 and March 2008 was filled in partially with transcripts available elsewhere). Each data point represents a speech, arranged in chronological order from left to right. The time axes in the two charts are aligned but are not linear since different numbers of speeches were available for the candidates over different periods.


The New York Times

The New York Times

The New York Times

The Times

The Independent

US News and World Report

The New Republic

The New Republic

The New Republic

National Review

The Atlantic

The Atlantic

The Atlantic


National Public Radio

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Le Monde, France

Die Welt, Germany

Colorado Independent

Colorado Independent

Huffington Post

Huffington Post

National Post, Canada

LiveJournal, Russia

Libero, Italy

Soitu, Spain

PVDA, Netherlands

Sydsvenskan, Sweden

DN, Sweden

Kaleva, Finland

Rhetoric Society of America

Princeton Election Consortium

Planet Green, Discovery