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.
March 2, 2016