Opinion: Word watch for the Sarah Palin/Joe Biden debate
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John McCain long had laid claim to the ‘maverick’ title, and as his running mate, Palin quickly worked it into her initial answers. Overall, a word search of the debate transcript shows she uttered the singular or plural form of it six times.
But in an upset, Biden used it more often -- nine times, in fact. That’s because, as the debate was coming to a close and in what was one of his stronger moments, he directly questioned McCain’s claim to the maverick title. He summed up: ‘He’s not been a maverick on virtually anything that genuinely affects the things that people really talk about around their kitchen table.’
Palin looked for every opportunity to work the word ‘reform’ into a sentence. In all, she said it 13 times.
In something of a stunner, Biden didn’t use it at all. But he did use ‘change’ -- in the context of a different direction that he and Barack Obama would bring to the White House -- 13 times.
-- Don Frederick