Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster
of American Political Speech

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"CONVERSATIONS WITH CITIZENS"

Political candidates want to make it appear as if they’re being recruited to run, rather than doing so out of their own ambition. That has given rise to expressions seeking to stress that they’re seeking voters’ input before they enter the fray, including Jeb Bush’s “conversations with citizens” line.

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“A guide through the thicket, a machete with which to cut your way through the jungle of rhetoric… This volume may prove a life saver.” –Jeff Greenfield

Chuck McCutcheon is co-author of National Journal’s Almanac of American Politics, and was co-editor of Congressional Quarterly’s Politics in America 2010.
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SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015 -- In suburban Maryland, Chuck and Dave will participate in the Gaithersburg Book Festival. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015 - David will discuss Dog Whistles and related topics as part of University Synagogue's Distinguished Speaker's Series, in Irvine, Calif.

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