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We can learn a lot about our presidential candidates from the individual words they use. Through computational analysis, we’ve pulled together lists of words that each candidate tends to use more frequently than their competition. These words shed light on the issues, policies, and rhetoric of individual candidates on an extremely granular level, ultimately giving us valuable insight into the people vying for the title of President of the United States.

We looked at transcripts from the fifteen main presidential debates that took place between August 6, 2015 and February 13, 2016—six Democratic Party debates and nine Republican Party debates. From these transcripts, we created six candidate files (Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, Rubio, Sanders, and Trump) that contained all the words spoken by individual candidates during the course of these debates. Using a corpus analysis tool, we compared the individual candidate files to the corpus of all the debate transcripts during this period. This allowed us to identify words that were used more frequently by an individual candidate than by the larger group. (Find more information on the statistics behind these calculations here.)

Below are the top twenty words favored by each candidate in our analysis.

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We also looked at the words by party here.

74 Comments

  1. Politics = arguments. -  March 29, 2016 - 6:17 pm

    Just look at the words Trump uses. All they are are racist (Mexico and Japan) or positive or negative. The way he sees it, it’s his way or the highway. There is no middle ground. All i want is someone who doesn’t have to say things like “Little Rubio” in order to gain support. You all know what he meant.

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  2. DO NOT BLOW YOUR TRUMP-ET -  March 22, 2016 - 5:04 am

    TRUMP IS A TWIT
    HILLARY IS WAY COOL

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    • Piggly Wiggly -  March 29, 2016 - 6:28 am

      You know, I agree with you – Trump is EVIL – he is not even Christian!
      Down with Trump (the weirdo)

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  3. diane -  March 18, 2016 - 6:07 am

    Come on it will come down to whoever the GOP candidate is that we need to stand behind. I would like it to be Cruz or even Kasich, at least they would also bring their faith with them. We lost 4 good men at Benghazi because of Clinton, every time she opens her mouth lies come out. The last thing we need is four more years of Obama policies. Haven’t we been shamed enough in the last eight years by the time he’s gone.

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    • Kevin -  March 18, 2016 - 8:18 pm

      I am. In the end you are right. Liberals just refused to acknowledge the obvious consequences of their actions for 7 years, regardless of how direct and obvious the connections.

      However, the main reason they have gotten away with it is this several Supreme Court Justices or selected who have subverted our constitution rather than upholding their obligation to protect and defend it.

      The entire election is about the Supreme Court picks, above all other issues. Ted Cruz is the only one who would guarantee nominees that believe in the Constitution and will uphold it. That is just a fact.

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  4. Haley -  March 8, 2016 - 10:07 am

    You guys can say all these good things about Hillary but do you really want the wife of an impeached husband as our president?

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    • beelzebubjones -  March 10, 2016 - 12:55 am

      I am not a big fan of either Hillary or her husband but I think when it comes to Bill Clinton’s impeachment, both the nature of lying about an extramarital affair and the brouhaha surrounding it; Hillary Clinton’s behavior in every way was totally UNIMPEACHABLE. She was steadfast and silent. In comparison Bill Clinton’s accusers and Congress were the epitome of fools. Thankfully in these United States the idea of guilt by association is still considered very UN-American.

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      • Kevin -  March 18, 2016 - 7:49 pm

        Untrue.

        SHE was,outspoken, condemning Bill’s victims as tash, accusing his critics as the ‘right-wing conspiracy’. Perhaps she was right. Since libs don’t hold their friends to the law, anyone who remains that actually believe in the law and in social justice, who were outraged by his lawbreaking and her lies, they would have to be non-liberals. Liberals who don’t believe in the equal upholding of the law and in true social justice. And since the remaining few do conspire to uphold the law, I guess you could call it a conspiracy.

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    • Kevin -  March 18, 2016 - 7:58 pm

      Untrue.

      SHE was,outspoken, condemning Bill’s victims as tash, accusing his critics as the ‘right-wing conspiracy’. Perhaps she was right. Since libs don’t hold their friends to the law, anyone who remains that actually believe in the law and in social justice, who were outraged by his lawbreaking and her lies, they would have to be non-liberals. Liberals who don’t believe in the equal upholding of the law and in true social justice. And since the remaining few do conspire to uphold the law, I guess you could call it a conspiracy.

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  5. nael -  March 5, 2016 - 10:47 am

    do you guys get the feeling that TRUMP might be our new president that creeps me out

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    • Haley -  March 10, 2016 - 5:18 am

      Yeah it does creep me out a bit and all he talks about is this beautiful wall that he’s going to build that’s apparently it’s going to have a beautiful door that’s very attractive

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    • mars -  March 15, 2016 - 10:30 am

      He wasn’t even a Republican until the last 3 years…

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      • Kevin -  March 18, 2016 - 7:59 pm

        To be honest about it, he still isn’t a Republican. No more than Bloomberg was Republican when he ran for mayor in New York. It was just a convenient, opportunistic use of the rules.

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        • Sheri -  March 21, 2016 - 9:01 am

          Donald will win and I will help with the beautiful wall.

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  6. Rick -  March 5, 2016 - 7:30 am

    The USA does not need Clinton Again. She had more pull telling her husband what to do and feel.

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  7. Chillary Clinton -  March 1, 2016 - 3:26 pm

    Hillary is honestly the best and only logical candidate because she has the most experience. The only Republican candidate that isn’t crazy is Kasich.

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    • Linda Lafond -  March 7, 2016 - 9:38 am

      I totally agree

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  8. Noah -  February 29, 2016 - 12:30 pm

    Personally I believe that Cruz is the best candidate. Cruz has a consistent conservative record and holds his presidency close to the constitution. Trump says many things like Cruz but he may not mean them and may just be saying them for the votes. Trump also has no political experience as he thinks he can run America like a business which we aren’t. He comes off as strong but he is proven ignorant and he supported and continue to support the Clintons. Trump also says he wishes to build a wall between america and mexico and ban all Muslims. This racist rhetoric shows that he thinks that these people are less than him and uses stereotypes to run his campaign. Rubio hasn’t done anything in is time as a senator and is too much like Obama. Hillary was the reason the men in Benghazi died and she lied about her emails and is technically a criminal against the nation.

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    • Renee -  March 25, 2016 - 3:53 am

      What do you mean, America is not a business? You know that Federal agencies are run using business models, don’t you? We’re in the mess we’re in now because lawyers who understand nothing about business have been running the show for way too long. Politicians propose programs that don’t even contain mechanisms for addressing the problems they are supposed to address–and then when the programs don’t work, they throw more money at them! Trump has already shown that he is not afraid to discontinue business ventures that don’t pan out; I expect him to take that business savvy with him to the presidency and start clearing out the bloat from the Federal government. BTW, what is racist about securing our borders and making sure that people who enter the country are doing so legally? It is liberal talk to call such basic issues of security “racist.”

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  9. Jesse -  February 29, 2016 - 10:33 am

    Can’t stump the trump

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    • Glen -  February 29, 2016 - 2:09 pm

      How can the Donald work with any Repub office holder? Who hasn’t he insulted? How petty.

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    • Stephen -  March 5, 2016 - 4:28 am

      Underneath Donald Trump they are missing Fascist.

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  10. Juliette -  February 28, 2016 - 12:57 pm

    I like Ben Carson too, but he’s a surgeon! What does he know about politics?

    I personally am voting for Trump.

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    • Noah -  February 29, 2016 - 12:20 pm

      Don’t do it!! Cruz is better as he is a constinatutionalist

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    • coolin -  February 29, 2016 - 12:45 pm

      How can a surgeon know about politics?!?!?!?!?

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    • B.S.=politicians -  March 9, 2016 - 1:07 pm

      i have to ask you what does Trump know about politics though

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    • mars -  March 15, 2016 - 10:32 am

      Remember, Trump isn’t a politician either…

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    • XinYi -  March 29, 2016 - 7:02 pm

      Then again, Trump has literally ZERO military experience, and he isn’t a politician either, he’s just an aggressive, racist pig that’s also a billionaire mogul.

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  11. Kat -  February 28, 2016 - 12:56 pm

    Anyone but Hillary!

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    • di -  February 29, 2016 - 9:29 pm

      Hear, hear

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    • B.S.=politicians -  March 9, 2016 - 1:08 pm

      are you sure anyone?

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    • Kevin -  March 18, 2016 - 8:08 pm

      Yes, anyone. Even the Socialist is not a major felon with over 2,000 felonies documented against her.

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  12. Patricia -  February 28, 2016 - 9:23 am

    Trump might be crude, but he says it like it is, and that’s what we need now, someone strong and loves this country, if hillery. Is elected I’m leaving this country, Im afraid of other Obama , Rubio is good too, maybe next time for sure, he’s to young.but very smart. He’s my second choice. But I love trump we need a business man, not a politions, we had enough of that, we’re did it get us? Omg I’m scared

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    • Babs -  March 4, 2016 - 1:11 pm

      like other Trump supporters, you can’t spell, use correct grammar, BTW what is a “politions”, “we’re” instead of where, you should leave the country if “hillery” is elected, are all of you Trump supporters incoherent, uneducated, simple minded idiots?

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      • Carla Schoonhoven -  March 9, 2016 - 8:12 am

        You aren’t perfect either, Babs. You don’t seem to know that a sentence starts with a capital and end with a period, not a comma…as for Trump, he is concerned with all people, the uneducated as well as those who have the privilege to pursue an education. He is not a snob or a bigot. Perhaps you should look at his platform, his positions and his family. He’s not perfect but he is as open about his failures as he is about his success and he loves his country.

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    • Trina -  March 6, 2016 - 4:09 pm

      HILLARY CLINTON IS OUR BEST OPTION GIVEN OUR CHOICE OF CANDIDATES
      SHE HAS THE MOST EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY.

      Unfortunately, the United States is made up of many people who are mentally stagnant and backward thinking. They’ll cast votes for a jackass if it means keeping an intelligent woman from becoming president.

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    • B.S.=politicians -  March 9, 2016 - 1:13 pm

      Trump doesn’t say it like it is; he says stupid.Also Hilary’s campaign is different from what Obama wanted. so do some research then speak

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  13. Saint -  February 27, 2016 - 5:32 am

    I prefer trump coz he fears nobody

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    • B.S.=politicians -  March 9, 2016 - 1:15 pm

      Haha Trumps fears nobody! he skipped a whole debate because he was scared of a reporter. think before you speak

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    • Politics = arguments. -  March 29, 2016 - 6:25 pm

      And if he fears nobody he might make Putin mad, and I don’t want WWIII.

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  14. Dev -  February 27, 2016 - 4:58 am

    Clinton is too deceitful !

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  15. JimV -  February 26, 2016 - 6:15 pm

    Trump is a: swindler, con artist, charlatan, rogue, bully, narcissist, threat, danger, sexist, misogynist, rogue, manipulator, propagandist, disgrace, anti-intellectual, liar, demagogue, lecher, villain, scoundrel, dreg, parasite, boor, cur, jerk, heel, sleazebag, brute, loudmouth, wretch, jackass.

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    • Intel Lectual -  March 2, 2016 - 11:23 am

      You forgot bloviating megalomaniac

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    • Cruzmaribel -  March 5, 2016 - 9:06 am

      And those that give him their vote don’t see that! The President’s position calls for experienced in law and so much more. We the people are not business objects.

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    • B.S.=politicians -  March 9, 2016 - 1:16 pm

      Wow those are all correct. I finally found someone intelligent

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    • Politics = arguments. -  March 29, 2016 - 6:24 pm

      You also forgot inappropriate joke-maker.

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  16. Roadmap -  February 26, 2016 - 10:38 am

    What about the word Trump used last night–”bigly”. What do you think of that?

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    • A Guy -  February 26, 2016 - 2:13 pm

      For trump, add the word ‘wall’

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  17. Kathi sizemore -  February 26, 2016 - 7:25 am

    What about Dr. Ben Carson!!!! The smartest and best candidate. I am voting Ben Carson!

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    • Scott -  February 26, 2016 - 9:25 am

      Were you actually able to type that with a straight face?

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      • next president me -  February 29, 2016 - 9:54 am

        me

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      • Kevin -  March 18, 2016 - 8:12 pm

        Scott, I can understand that the idea of voting for somebody with deep and intense Integrity, honesty and a clean record and pure motives is beyond your comprehension.

        You rather would vote for somebody who has committed over 2000 felonies? Then, you can only say that everybody politician is a criminal so you might as well vote for Hillary.

        No, where are you able to write that with a straight face?

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    • next president me -  February 26, 2016 - 9:39 am

      are you voting for president i have never talked to someone running for president

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    • X. Purt -  February 26, 2016 - 10:05 am

      No way!

      Marco Rubio is the best.
      Scott Walker WAS the best but unfortunately he has dropped out.

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      • gaffer -  February 26, 2016 - 10:08 am

        too right!

        marco is awesome and a christian!

        u go bro

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        • juli -  February 26, 2016 - 1:17 pm

          good people are rubio and cruz. for all the hillary fans out there , SHE IS A FLIPPING CRIMANAL SHE HAD PRIVATE EMAILS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THAN DELETED THEM SO WHEN PEOPLE CHECKED HER EMAILS SHE WAS TRYING TO HIDE THEM !!!!!!!

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          • Cherise -  March 15, 2016 - 9:57 am

            So many other politicians have work emails on their private server….It seems like they will pull out any issue to bad mouth Hillary. Why aren’t you upset about Trump lying and cheating on his first wife? Republicans said Obama didn’t have enough experience, but now that’s what people like about Trump. Trump’s crazy charade is probably set up to help get Hillary elected. The man is doing his best to impersonate Hitler and Americans are eating it up. SMH

        • Caleb -  February 26, 2016 - 1:44 pm

          All the candidates self-identify as Christian except Sanders. What has Rubio ever achieved? Five years in the Senate with no bills passed and only one resolution (to designate September as Spinal Cord Injury Month). Even the people who endorse him struggle to name any of his achievements; it’s happened several times.

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        • Someone -  February 27, 2016 - 2:20 pm

          Rubio? Ha! Each one of the republicans makes me want to move to Canada! The democrats are the logical answer to this catastrophe that people are calling a presidential race.

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          • Kevin -  March 18, 2016 - 8:06 pm

            Democrat and logical do not ever go together. Especially relating to the two candidates they have running now.

            You buy the ticket to Canada and I’ll start the collection to fund it

        • Fake -  February 28, 2016 - 6:01 pm

          So? Being a Christain doesn’t mean anything.

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        • B.S.=politicians -  March 9, 2016 - 1:18 pm

          really putting religion into your voting choice. Ignorance is unbelievable in this country.

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      • Therese -  February 26, 2016 - 1:26 pm

        I agree, I hope Rubio will be the one. I will not be able to cast a vote for Trump whose language doesn’t reflect any moral values.

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      • Z. Ashta -  February 28, 2016 - 7:49 am

        Scott Walker is a criminal that should be in prison.You can send him cookies there.

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      • Kathy -  February 28, 2016 - 10:10 am

        Rubio has never accomplished anything in his life that could qualify him for president. He has been a terrible senator and that all he has done. He is actually Obama in GOP clothing. Because he can memorize speech’s that are written for him doesn’t qualify him. He has no sincerity and will not garner the respect our country needs right now in our president. Please use your mind and not your emotions when you vote. We need someone who hasn’t been bought off by special interests. Rubio and Cruz are completely bought off. That is why the media and special interests are pushing them. Don’t be naive.

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        • B.S.=politicians -  March 9, 2016 - 1:20 pm

          this is a fair and intelligent comment only the second i have seen so far.

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        • Kevin -  March 18, 2016 - 8:15 pm

          Kathy, you seemed to start off pretty well.

          How do you justify the harsh accusations against Cruz? All informed people know and how much he has bucked all of the system and has stood firm with integrity and constitutional principles.

          You really should have more information before you make comments like that

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      • Ckewish -  February 29, 2016 - 9:16 am

        Go Rubio!

        I supported Jeb Bush, but then he dropped out. Now I support the next best. Hillary’s a liar and Trump’s a clown

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    • Hannah -  February 26, 2016 - 11:59 am

      You go girl!

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    • Juliette -  February 28, 2016 - 12:55 pm

      I like Ben Carson too, but he’s a surgeon! What does he know about politics?

      I personally am voting for Trump!

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      • aidan -  March 24, 2016 - 10:18 am

        he is a surgeon but you don’t know it you probbly found that off the internet. You know that not everything internet is true.

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    • LizzyB -  February 29, 2016 - 5:18 am

      It’s nice to see that Trump isn’t favored here. I think he is odious and not of very good character.

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    • huffbuffer -  February 29, 2016 - 10:38 am

      I agree Kathi. Dr. Carson has unbelievable support in Alabama. Tuesday will be interesting.

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      • aidan -  March 24, 2016 - 10:16 am

        I belive that sanders he is going to win

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