Presidential Candidate Buzzwords
Will Saletan Analyzes What They Say vs. What They Mean
In a series of stories for Day to Day, Slate political analyst William Saletan deconstructs the political language used by presidential candidates.
Browse the reports in this series below. Also, Follow Saletan's analysis of American politics and policy -- read the latest Slate Ballot Box.
Gen. Wesley Clark's buzzwords
Will Saletan examines the buzzwords of Democrat Wesley Clark, a latecomer to the race -- "hands-on," "contact group" and "hunger for leadership."
George W. Bush's buzzwords
Saletan skewers the favorite phrases of President Bush: "Hot on their trail, got 'em on the run," "tax relief," "modernize," "death tax" and "responsible."
John Kerry's buzzwords
Saletan dissects Kerry phrases "when I came back from Vietnam," "go to the moon, right here on Earth" and "G.O.T.V."
» NPR's Bob Edwards interviews Kerry
Bob Graham's buzzwords
Saletan takes apart the buzzwords "grandchildren," "electable wing of the Democratic Party" and "A-Team."
» NPR's Bob Edwards interviews Graham
Carol Moseley Braun's buzzwords
Saletan dissects Carol Moseley Braun's use of "creative/clever/smart," "saber-rattling" and "unelected."
» NPR's Bob Edwards interviews Braun
John Edwards' buzzwords
Saletan digs into Edwards' favorite political phrases: "on stage," "Washington" and "son of a mill worker."
» NPR's Bob Edwards interviews Edwards
Dennis Kucinich's buzzwords
Saletan skewers some favorite Kucinich buzzwords: "weapon of mass destruction," "Department of Peace" and "fully paid."
» NPR's Bob Edwards interviews Kucinich
Al Sharpton's buzzwords
Saletan explains the subtle meanings behind the Rev. Al Sharpton's use of the phrases "hip-hop nation," "thermostat leaders" and "tax shift."
» NPR's Bob Edwards interviews Sharpton
Dick Gephardt's buzzwords
Saletan dissects Gephardt's favorite buzzwords: "ROTC for teachers," "experience" and "fiscal relief."
» NPR's Bob Edwards interviews Gephardt
Howard Dean's buzzwords
Sorting through Dean's buzzwords "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," "Bush recessions" and "civil unions."
» NPR's Bob Edwards interviews Dean
Joe Lieberman's buzzwords
Saletan focuses on Lieberman's use of the buzzwords "entertainment industry," "God" and "Clinton/Gore."
» NPR's Bob Edwards interviews Lieberman
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