Analyzing Kerry's Stump Speech

Listen: <b>Web Extra:</b> Kerry Speech Sept. 10, 2004, in Allentown, Pa.

Listen: <b>Web Extra:</b> Bush Speech Sept. 13, 2004, in Holland, Mich.

John Kerry gives a speech

hide captionJohn Kerry addresses a crowd during a recent swing through the Midwest.

Christine Arrasmith, NPR
John Kerry gives a speech

hide captionJohn Kerry addresses a crowd during a recent swing through the Midwest.

Christine Arrasmith, NPR

Like President Bush, Sen. John Kerry has a standard speech he delivers at every rally and whistle stop on the campaign trail. Though it's evolved over time, key elements of the speech remain constant: the opening joke and overarching campaign message. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

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