Visualize Presidential Debate of 2020 on Word Cloud

Photo by Samz Carki

The 2020 United States presidential debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump held in Nashville, with changes to its format such as for the first two minutes of each segment, the candidate whose turn it isn’t to speak will have his microphone cut off, and guests must wear masks. Yeah!! we are in 2020!!

The debate consists of six 15-minute segments, which covered fighting covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, and leadership.

I assume you have watched the debate, even if you haven’t watched, I will display the frequent word which has been used by presidential candidate and moderator. We will exclude all the stopwords from the debate transcript.

Word cloud is a collection, or cluster, of words depicted in different sizes. The bigger and bolder the word appears, the more often it’s mentioned within a given text and the more important it is. 

I have done some visual analysis on the presidential debate of 2020 between Donald Trump and John Biden. Beautiful Soup was used to extract the debate transcript from debate1 and debate3. 


Word Cloud on 3rd Presidential Debate on 2020

Donald Trump

Word Cloud on Donald Trump
Word Cloud on John Biden

Let’s see the top 10 most words used by the presidential candidate on the bar plot.

Top Words Used by both Candidate

Barplot left: Tump & right: Biden

We can clearly see the word ‘people’, which is the top word used by both candidates. This depicts both candidate’s focus on people, while Trump is using million, china more frequently.

Interesting Fact Between 1st Debate and 2nd Debate

  1. ‘People’ is the most used word on both debate
  2. 3rd debate contains more variety of word
  3. Trump was more likely to use words like ‘million’, ‘dollar’, ‘china’, ‘money’ while Biden as: ‘fact’, ‘deal’, ‘thing’
  4. In 1st debate, we can see the word ‘deal’ was used by Biden more frequently, and the word ‘gentleman’ was the top word used by a moderator since we know that there was more interruption.

Moderator: Kristen Welker

WordCloud and Barplot for Moderator

Bonus: Even you can see the word cloud for 1st presidential debate too!

Word Cloud on 1st Presidential Debate 2020

Donald Trump vs John Biden

Word Cloud on DonalD Trump
Word Cloud on John Biden

Top Words Used by both Candidate

Barplot left: Tump & right: Biden

Moderator: Chris Wallace

WordCloud and Barplot for Moderator

References:

  1. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/presidential-debate-case-western-reserve-university-cleveland-ohio
  2. https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-joe-biden-final-presidential-debate-transcript-2020
  3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2020/08/14/presidential-debates/