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Acceptance speeches: Obama v McCain



Obama’s most-used words:

  • Promise
  • America, American
  • John, McCain
  • New
  • Country

McCain’s most-used words:

  • Country
  • Americans
  • Know
  • Going
  • Work

Once again, Obama, like Biden, like Clinton before him, really pushed the idea of changing America for the better… fulfilling its promise. Obama also mentioned McCain’s name often. McCain pushed patriotism – words like “Country,” “Americans,” “Work” appeal to the Republican base.

A few notes on the two speeches:



Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. You know, Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don’t have that chance. I’ll invest in early childhood education. I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange, I’ll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep our promise to every young American — if you commit to serving your community or our country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.


Education — education is the civil rights issue of this century.

Equal access to public education has been gained, but what is the value of access to a failing school? We need…

We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice.

Let’s remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work.

When a public school fails to meet its obligations to students, parent — when it fails to meet its obligations to students, parents deserve a choice in the education of their children. And I intend to give it to them.

Some may choose a better public school. Some may choose a private one. Many will choose a charter school. But they will have the choice, and their children will have that opportunity.

Sen. Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucrats. I want schools to answer to parents and students.

My take:

It’s not even close… McCain said the same thing George Bush said eight years ago… school choice. Vouchers. Failed bureaucracies. Say the Democrats are all about appeasing the unions. Same vagaries that plagued all the Republican speeches.

Here are the specifics Obama mentioned:

  • He’d “invest in early childhood education.”
  • He’d recruit new teachers
  • He’d pay teachers more
  • Higher standards and greater accountability



We’ll produce more energy at home. We will drill new wells off-shore, and we’ll drill them now. We’ll drill them now.

We’ll — we’ll — my friends, we’ll build more nuclear power plants. We’ll develop clean-coal technology. We’ll increase the use of wind, tide, solar, and natural gas. We’ll encourage the development and use of flex-fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.

Sen. Obama thinks we can achieve energy independence without more drilling and without more nuclear power. But Americans know better than that.


Yes, government must lead on energy independence, but each of us must do our part to make our homes and businesses more efficient.

As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced.

My Take:

What??? Didn’t McCain say in his speech, which was one week later than Obama’s, that Barack didn’t want to drill or use nuclear power? Wait a minute… didn’t Barack say, “I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power” and earlier say that drilling is only a “stop-gap measure”? Someone’s either not listening to his opponent, or he’s lying about his opponent’s plans. I say McCain is a RepublicLiar.



I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can. My opponent will raise them…

My tax cuts will create jobs; his tax increases will eliminate them…

We all know that keeping taxes low helps small businesses grow and create new jobs. Cutting the second-highest business tax rate in the world will help American companies compete and keep jobs from going overseas.

Doubling the child tax exemption from $3,500 to $7,000 will improve the lives of millions of American families. (A SPECIFIC IDEA!!! HOLY CRAP!)


They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that’s to be expected. Because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

Now, I don’t believe that Sen. McCain doesn’t care what’s going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn’t know. Why else would he define middle-class as someone making under $5 million a year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for big corporations and oil companies but not one penny of tax relief to more than 100 million Americans? How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people’s benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?

Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.

You know, unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.

I’ll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

I will, listen now, cut taxes — cut taxes — for 95 percent of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.

Cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans? Cut taxes for small businesses? Once again, McCain either isn’t listening, or he’s lying to his followers.

FactCheck.org has shown that McCain is distorting Obama’s tax plan over and over again… there can’t be any other reason than to do the old Karl Rove trick of confusing voters.

An excellent analysis of the two candidates’ tax plans in The Washington Post found that Obama’s plan would, in fact, raise taxes… for the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans. Only families that make more than $603,000 per year would see tax increases. The richest Americans under McCain’s plan would see the largest tax cuts.

Neither plan would eliminate the national deficit, but expand it. Obama’s would increase the deficit by $3.4 trillion. John McCain’s plan would increase the deficit by $5 trillion and would count on cutting services as it’s main way of balancing the budget.


My unyielding support for Senator Obama isn’t because he is a great orator – although he is the first politician in my lifetime to make me believe that anything is possible – but because he is the smartest person in this race. He’s the smartest person with a vision for what America will become under his leadership. His plans for cutting taxes for the middle class while raising them for the rich fly in the face of Republican dogma of trickle-down, “voodoo” economics.

On education, I wish Obama would end the talk of national “accountability.” School districts should focus primarily at the local level. National involvement in education is a folly that both parties have fallen into. . Increasing the number of teachers and increasing the funding for early childhood education are also great ideas coming out of the Obama camp. But never should public education money be used to fund private schools. In addition, I’m sick of all the talk about “unions” and “bureaucrats.” Unless the Republicans are bold enough to say, “let’s scrap U.S. Department of Education and start anew,” the talk of unions and bureaucrats is just that… talk.

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