going backward

"Going backward" and related terms ("moving backward", "move backward", "go backward") have been used a total of 7 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.

Why We're Tracking This: When things aren't going well and you're the party in charge, it's time to warn about "going backward" (to when things were supposedly even worse). But, when things aren't going well and you're the party out of power, all your opponents have done is take us "backward."

Compare Usage of "going backward" By...

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uses
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Popular Overall With...

Organizing for America (Obama/Biden) (D)

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

  • Last 7 days: 1 uses (up 100% over last week)
  • Overall: 2 uses since Aug. 30

Michele Bachmann (R)

0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

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

Democrats

2,0,0,0,0,0,0,1

  • Last 7 days: 1 uses (up 100% over last week)
  • Overall: 3 uses since Aug. 30

Influencers

2,0,0,0,0,0,0,1

  • Last 7 days: 1 uses (up 100% over last week)
  • Overall: 3 uses since Aug. 30

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

Recent uses of "going backward"

...Kick-off with President Obama - We’ve been involved in some tough fights over the past two years. We can’t move backward now. We’ve got to keep moving forward. And that's all going to be up to you....

Organizing for America (Obama/Biden), via Facebook (October 31)

...block progress at every turn—shirking their responsibility to govern at a time of crisis. We simply can't afford to move backward—not now, when we're only now beginning to climb out of the ditch that George Bush and Republicans left us...

Organizing for America (Obama/Biden), via RSS (September 13)

...We haven't forgotten what Republicans did to our country. We cannot afford Republican leadership again. We will not go backward. We are going to keep America moving forward....

Tim Kaine (DNC), via Facebook (September 8)

...Commit to Vote in the November Elections - We can’t afford to go backward to the failed policies of the past. That's what November’s elections are about -- moving forward. Commit to cast...

Organizing for America (Obama/Biden), via Facebook (September 3)

...repeal the progress we've made, and a complete drive to stop us from moving this country forward.But we cannot go backward.Health reform took a century-long fight to win. Its benefits are starting to help make sure families have the health...

Organizing for America (Obama/Biden), via RSS (August 23)

...the progress we've made and a drive to stop us from moving this country forward. We can’t afford to go backward. Can you talk to voters this weekend about how important it is to vote this November?...

Tim Kaine (DNC), via Facebook (August 23)

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