Wall Street

"Wall Street" and related terms ("big banks") have been used a total of 224 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.

Why We're Tracking This: After the banking industry and financial markets went into tailspins in late 2008, the federal government came to their rescue with billions of dollars in bailouts. "Wall Street" — usually paired with words like "greed" and "fat cats" — became a phrase that politicians from both sides of the aisle talk about a lot.

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Patty Murray (D)

0,1,0,0,0,0,1,0

  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (down 100% from last week)
  • Overall: 2 uses since Aug. 30

Pat Toomey (R)

3,2,2,0,0,0,2,0

  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (down 100% from last week)
  • Overall: 9 uses since Aug. 30

Democrats

14,11,21,12,21,13,10,7

  • Last 7 days: 7 uses (down 30% from last week)
  • Overall: 109 uses since Aug. 30

Candidates

16,11,21,14,20,13,16,9

  • Last 7 days: 9 uses (down 44% from last week)
  • Overall: 120 uses since Aug. 30

'Sparkline' graphs plot each word's motion over the last 8 weeks.

Recent uses of "Wall Street"

...board, 10/04/2010 Giannoulias: Well I would’ve pushed hard for some requirements that money get lent out [inaudible] given to wall street banks, that we increase access to capital – Tribune: The congressman voted for TARP.  Would you have voted for TARP as it was presented...

Mark Kirk, via RSS (October 27)

...it - Giannoulias: Well I would’ve pushed hard for some requirements that money get lent out [inaudible] given to wall street banks, that we increase access to capital – Tribune: The congressman voted for TARP. Would you have voted for TARP...

Mark Kirk, via Facebook (October 20)

...Mark Kirk sided with the big banks against student loan reform. Pattern & practice for this IL Republican #ilsen...

Alexi Giannoulias , via Twitter (October 19)

...Mark Kirk voted to bail out big banks and then voted against reining in taxpayer-funded bonuses #ilsen...

Alexi Giannoulias , via Twitter (October 19)

...Alexi: Mark Kirk voted twice to bail out the big banks but voted against helping states across the country #ilsen...

Alexi Giannoulias , via Twitter (October 19)

...said Jessica Barba, spokeswoman for the Perriello campaign. "Virginia families can't afford another career politician who answers to the big banks, big insurance companies, and Washington lobbyists. Tom Perriello has refused all contributions from these groups because he answers to...

Tom Perriello, via RSS (October 16)

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