Talking the Talk

Talking the Talk

Talking the Talk

A campaign blog.
Nov. 16 2007 10:35 AM

Talking the Talk

Using data from the indispensable NewYork Times debateanalyzer , I crunched some word-per-second numbers fromlast night’s debate. Dodd talks faster than Biden and Richardson speaks the slowest of all. Clinton and Obama’scadences, meanwhile, are in sync.

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Talker Words Seconds of talk Words/sec




Moderators 4131 1435 2.88
Audience 719 304 2.37
Biden 1906 586 3.25
Clinton 2944 953 3.09
Dodd 1564 446 3.51
Edwards 2010 627 3.21
Kucinich 1119 355 3.15
Obama 3339 1081 3.09
Richardson 2199 838 2.62