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Election 2012: Shrinking Cities in Presidential Debates

The driving concerns of American presidential politics ebb and flow, reflected in the lan- guage spoken at presidential debates. Below, we map the frequency with which certain terms have been mentioned at debates over the last 35 years. Note how "inflation" went from a dominating topic to a minor one. See "terrorism" rise, then fall, then rise again. And watch "cities" and “urban" fade into the background of these quadrennial conversa- tions. Will the 2012 debates be any different? The Incredible Shrinking Cities Infographic by Benjamin Farahmand Source: Commision on Presidential Debates city cities urban rural budget- tax inflation spending deficit energy education oil terror terrorist terrorism iran iraq russia china 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 966 0007 2004 2008

Election 2012: Shrinking Cities in Presidential Debates

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The driving concerns of American presidential politics ebb and flow, reflected in the language spoken at presidential debates. In this infograph, we map frequency with which certain terms have been ...

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