"Obama" and related terms ("the president") have been used a total of 1549 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.
Why We're Tracking This: Will Republicans talk about the president more than his fellow Democrats do? When a president's poll ratings go down, so does the willingness of his followers to be closely tied to him.
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Pat Quinn (D)
- Last 7 days: 14 uses (up 1400% over last week)
- Overall: 16 uses since Aug. 30
Pat Toomey (R)
- Last 7 days: 4 uses (up 400% over last week)
- Overall: 18 uses since Aug. 30
- Last 7 days: 118 uses (up 28% over last week)
- Overall: 693 uses since Aug. 30
- Last 7 days: 69 uses (down 4% from last week)
- Overall: 534 uses since Aug. 30
'Sparkline' graphs plot each word's motion over the last 8 weeks.
Word To Watch: October 14, 2010
Sorry Mr. President, It Is About You
October 14, 2010 Sure, as we've said, "jobs" is the word of the campaign so far.
But the Fighting Words database also shows that as in most midterms, it's someone who isn't running who gets lots of attention. That person is, of course, whoever's occupying the White House at the time. And what's said isn't flattering, especially when the commander in chief's approval ratings are down.
So far this week, "Obama" has been used by the people we're following nearly 120 times -- second only to "jobs", which is currently just south of 200. And since late August, "Obama" has come up more than 1,100 times. It's in the No. 3 spot over those weeks, close behind "economy."
And what are those in the FW pool saying? As you might imagine, Republicans aren't exactly rallying around the president. Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul talks about Obama a lot -- and tries to tie his opponent to the president. Paul claims that Democrat Jack Conway has given a "stamp of approval (to) Obama and his policies."
Democrats, meanwhile, aren't mentioning the president all that often. An exception: Senate candidate Kendrick Meek in Florida, who's hoping Republican Marco Rubio and newly independent Gov. Charlie Crist will split the conservative/GOP vote. Meek is embracing the president, even touting in a new radio that that Obama "is asking Floridians to stand with me."
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- Week of Oct. 14:
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— via Twitter (September 21)
Recent uses of "Obama"
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