Obama And McCain Debate In Words: Issues V. "My Friends"

11/07/2008 04:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sam Stein Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

Tuesday night's presidential campaign lasted 90 minutes and touched on a wide-range of topics. So what did each candidate spend his time discussing? A look at the words uttered during the affair underscores that Barack Obama was more focused on economic issues, the middle class, health care, change, and energy. The Illinois Democrat even talked about foreign policy topics such as Iran, Afghanistan and terrorism more than McCain. One area of focus that McCain hit at more: his "friends."

Here is a list compiled by a Democratic source. The following are the number of times each word or phrase was uttered mentioned during the debate:

MIDDLE CLASS
Obama: 4
McCain: 0
* McCain did, it should be noted, discuss "middle income" interests and "working Americans," which - it would seem - overlap with the middle class.

"MY FRIENDS"
Obama: 0
McCain: 19

"AFGHANISTAN"
Obama: 7
McCain: 2

"DEFICIT"
Obama: 2
McCain: 0

"HOMEOWNER"
Obama: 3
McCain: 0

"HEALTH CARE"
Obama: 18
McCain: 6

"CHANGE"
Obama: 13
McCain: 4

"ENERGY"
Obama: 20
McCain: 6

"TERROR/IST/ISM"
Obama: 6
McCain: 2

"IRAN"
Obama: 10
McCain: 6

"PAKISTAN"
Obama: 11
McCain: 8

"BIN LADEN"
Obama: 2
McCain: 1

"9/11"
Obama: 2
McCain: 0

"TROOPS"
Obama: 7
McCain: 2

"DEBT"
Obama: 5
McCain: 1

"TRUST"
Obama: 6
McCain 3

"FUNDAMENTAL"
Obama: 9
McCain: 6

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