What Did the Republican Convention Leave Out?

Friday, August 31, 2012

A word cloud of Rep. Paul Ryan's convention speech. (Wordle.net)

Tens of thousands of words were uttered on stage at the Republican National Convention this week. Some words cropped up repeatedly: "Jobs." "Economy." "Families." "Obama." Others received far less attention.

According to a New York Times analysis, the word "environment" appeared only five times. "Afghanistan" received four mentions.

In a segment that will be repeated for the Democratic National Convention next week, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich discusses what issues were left out or glossed over, and why.


Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Ben Bradford

Comments [7]

They left out the massive waste of our so called military system.

They left out that our attempts to militarily dominate the world spells doom and it won't be taking much longer.

A substantial portion of our manufactured exports are armaments.

We are truly doomed.

It seems no one in the world has figured out capitalism--and no one can keep the military in perspective

Sep. 03 2012 11:52 AM
Angel from Miami, FL

May I remind the one's who suddenly became obsessed with the national debt four years ago: the congress handles the budget. The president can make up a budget plan and can veto stuff but it's in the hands of congress.

Besides any mention of cutting down a military budget that is hundreds of times greater than the combined budgets of all the militaries of the world, what was definitely missing from the Republican convention was FACTS. Their's is a platform based on lore, magic and unicorns.

Whatever this party was 30-40 years ago has now been reduced to a fringe party. The GOP is the "Muslim Brotherhood" of US politics. That's a reference to their fractured audience... though there might also be similarities in their social agenda.

Sep. 01 2012 09:45 PM

The national debt is projected to officially hit 16 trillion during the Democrat National Convention at Bank of America stadium. Will that not so sweet 16 number and the name of the venue be left out during the speeches and will the media remind their audience of those possible omissions?

Sep. 01 2012 03:34 PM
cyr adler from New York Island

Republican strategists appear to believe a large segment of American voters are lunatics. The GOP platform is appealing to the demented by assuring them they can have all the guns they want.

When I was in the US Army I learned how to kill people with guns– a much more effective and quicker method than using knives or clubs. Recent mass shootings in Colorado and elsewhere have spurred Republican thinkers to assure anyone they can have guns regardless of mental stability.

The GOP platform also assures lunatics who happen to be rapists, that the women they impregnate will bear their children. This should please many lunatics who want to be fathers. By forbidding women to decide whether or not they should bear a child of a lunatic rapists Republicans feel they can capture the majority vote in several key states.

In addition the Republican plan to reduce taxes on millionaires and drive millions of less fortunate Americans into poverty. This will cause millions of Americans to go mad, and they therefore will vote Republican.

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Aug. 31 2012 04:31 PM

Romney spoke in code, "affirming marriage" = anti gay marriage and endorsed the platform plank against any grounds for abortion. He continued the lie about Obamacare and the $700 million that makes it work for all the people. The GOP campaign is built on lies and I can only hope that Americans do not fall for it.

Aug. 31 2012 01:30 PM

If the democrats build their convention around the phony war on women and non-stop abortion talk - they will be sorry. People are worried about $$$$$.

Aug. 31 2012 11:06 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N,Y,

Nobody wanted to discuss that the country was sinking and on its way to a potential Depression when Obama came into power. He was able to stop some of the bleeding.

Of course we find ourselves in a similar position today.

Nobody mentioned how the Republicans would not work with the President to get things done

Aug. 31 2012 09:47 AM

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