Word watch for the Sarah Palin/Joe Biden debate
John McCain long had laid claim to the "maverick" title, and as his running mate, Palin quickly worked it into her initial answers. Overall, a word search of the debate transcript shows she uttered the singular or plural form of it six times.
But in an upset, Biden used it more often -- nine times, in fact. That's because, as the debate was coming to a close and in what was one of his stronger moments, he directly questioned McCain's claim to the maverick title. He summed up: "He's not been a maverick on virtually anything that genuinely affects the things that people really talk about around their kitchen table."
Palin looked for every opportunity to work the word "reform" into a sentence. In all, she said it 13 times.
In something of a stunner, Biden didn't use it at all. But he did use "change" -- in the context of a different direction that he and Barack Obama would bring to the White House -- 13 times.
-- Don Frederick