Bush's acceptance speech, by the numbers

Three references to drugs, two to sex, 18 mentions of children and nothing nice about Al Gore.

Jake Tapper
August 4, 2000 11:00PM (UTC)

Bush's acceptance speech, by the numbers:

Mentions of Vietnam: 2

References to sex: 2

Mentions of illegal drugs: 3

Mentions of prescription drugs: 1

Times he named John McCain: 1

Times he named Dick Cheney: 1

Expressions of support for programs Cheney voted against as a congressman: 1


Mentions of abortion: 2

Mentions of the homeless: 2

Mentions of Mary Cheney: 0

References to race or tolerance: 8

Uses of the word "kids," "child" or "children": 18

Compliments of President Clinton: 4

Implicit references to the Lewinsky affair: 3

Expressions of his ability to work with Democrats: 2

Slams against Al Gore, not including those against the administration: 9

Mentions of George Washington: 1

Mentions of Thomas Jefferson: 1

Mentions of Abraham Lincoln: 1

Mentions of Franklin Roosevelt: 1

Mentions of Harry S. Truman: 1

Mentions of Ronald Reagan: 2


Mentions of his father: 4

Mentions of his mother: 1

Mentions of his mother's hair: 1

(With apologies to Harper's Magazine)

Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper is the senior White House correspondent for ABC News.

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