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Presidential debate tally

Presidential debate tally -- From how many times Ross Perot promoted his TV spots to how many times George Bush blamed Congress

A record number of Americans (at least 90 million) were all ears for the televised debates. Here’s what they heard:

Number of times… Debate 1, Debate 2, Debate 3, Total

…Bush said ”character”: 5, 4, 5, 14
…Clinton said ”change”: 14, 10, 9, 33
…Perot mentioned the $4 trillion debt: 4, 3, 1, 8
…Clinton said ”trickle-down”:4, 2, 6, 12
…Bush said ”tax and spend”:7, 1, 3, 11
…Perot said ”the American people” or ”the people”: 19, 10, 23, 52
…George called Perot ”Ross”: 5, 5, 5, 15
…Perot promoted his TV spots: 0, 6, 4, 10
…Expression ”bully pulpit” used: 3, 1, 1, 5
…Bush blamed Congress: 7, 7, 11, 25
…Bush invoked Mondale, Dukakis, or Carter: 2, 0, 3 , 5
…The candidates mentioned their running mates: 0, 0, 0, 0