Verbal Bayonets: The Words and Style of the Final Presidential Debate
The Atlantic Wire, 23 Oct 2012
From Expert System, “Governor Romney spoke more, using shorter sentences with a slightly simpler construction (a total of 554 clauses with an average of two prepositions per clause), versus President Obama who used approximately three prepositions per clause (for a total of 393 clauses).” They both used relatively simple language. Obama said I 102 times and we 165 times; Romney said I 184 times and we 229 times. Romney’s words scored higher for overall positive sentiment, Expert System reports, though both scored high in this regard.