The Republican Priorities: What The GOP Focused On (And Ignored) During The Convention


During the Republican National Convention this past week, Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) campaign worked hard to put distance between the senator and President Bush. Bush spoke briefly via satellite and Vice President Cheney didn’t address the crowd at all.

Despite these attempts, what was most evident during the convention was how similar the two men’s policies were. New ideas to address the country’s problems and actual policy discussions were given little attention. As FiveThirtyEight notes, instead, much attention was given to “the three P’s — Palin, Petroleum, and POW.”

ThinkProgress has put together an analysis based on the prepared remarks (a total of 40,752 words) of the convention speakers, looking at how many times Republicans said various words. A glimpse at conservatives’ priorities:

Bush Administration
Bush: 1
Cheney: 0
Gonzales: 0
Rumsfeld: 0

National Security
War/Wars: 47
Surge: 14
Diplomat(ic)/Diplomacy: 6
Nuclear Weapons: 5
Torture (McCain’s): 3
Guantanamo: 1
Osama Bin Laden: 1
Afghanistan: 0
Torture (not McCain’s): 0

Jobs: 37
Economy: 31
Middle Class: 2
Housing: 1
Social Security: 1
Unemployment: 1

POW references: 14
Maverick: 11
Hockey Mom: 5
Tyrannosaurus: 1
Elvis: 1

Health Care
Health Care: 32
Medicare: 1
Medicaid: 1

Drill/Drilling: 18
Nuclear (Power): 12
Clean Coal: 8
Environment: 7
Gustav: 6
Climate Change: 1
Global Warming: 1
Green Economy: 1
Katrina: 0

Technology/ies: 14
Internet: 1
Science: 1
Stem Cell: 0

Civil Rights
Immigration/Immigrants: 5
Gay/Gays: 0

The New York Times has an analysis of the Democratic convention here.

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UPDATE 9/8: This count has been updated to fully reflect non-prime-time speakers.