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Political Junkie: Mastering Political Put-Downs

Election 2008

Political Junkie: Mastering Political Put-Downs

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Winston Churchill may have been the master of the political put-down, but American politicians have delivered their own gems over the years. In this week's edition of the Political Junkie, NPR's Ken Rudin talks about John McCain and Barack Obama's address at the NAACP annual convention, Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and the art of the political put-down.

Chris Lamb, professor of communication at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., and editor of I'll Be Sober in the Morning: Great Political Comebacks, Putdowns & Ripostes, and Kelly Brewington, diversity and demographics reporter for The Baltimore Sun, join the conversation.

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