In acceptance speeches given on the last night of each convention, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton described divergent visions for the future. Trump’s rhetoric emphasized the problems of the present, while Clinton lauded America’s core principles as the key to solving problems in the future.

[ Speakers from both parties depicted two different countries]

Both candidate used the phrase “America is …” multiple times, giving insight into their view of the country they wish to lead.

CLINTON

America is

great because

America is good!

America is once again

at a moment of reckoning.

Powerful forces are threatening to

pull us apart.

America is stronger because of

President Obama's

leadership.

America is ...

America is far less safe.

America is one of the highest-tax nations.

It is time to show the whole world that

America is back - bigger and better and stronger

America is a nation of believers,

dreamers and strivers that is being

led by a group of censors,

critics and cynics.

We will show the whole world that America is still

free and independent and strong.

TRUMP

 

CLINTON

 

TRUMP

America is far

less safe.

America is

America is one of the

great because

highest-tax nations

America is good!

in the world.

It is time to show the whole

world that America is back -

America is

bigger and better and

America

is ...

stronger because of

stronger than ever before.

President Obama's

leadership.

America is a nation of

believers, dreamers and

America is once again

strivers that is being led by

at a moment of

a group of censors, critics

reckoning. Powerful forces

and cynics.

are threatening to

We will show the whole

pull us apart.

world that America is still

free and independent

and strong.

Trump is pitching himself as an outsider who can fix Washington dysfunction. Clinton took a less ominous approach than the GOP nominee, concentrating on what she sees right with America, and why she believes Trump is the wrong person for the job.

Below, we charted every sentence spoken by the candidates and colored ones with a description of the current state of the country or the world. Height of the bars corresponds to the length of each sentence.

Lines colored

represent a reference

or description of

America and the

world:

CLINTON

We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs, the most enduring values: freedom and equality, justice and opportunity. We should be so proud that those words are associated with us.

negative

positive

START

Yet, we know there is a lot to do. Too many people haven't had a pay raise since the crash. There's too much inequality, too little social mobility, too much paralysis in Washington. Too many threats at home and abroad.

 

END

negative

positive

TRUMP

START

Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation.

Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they've lived through one international humiliation after another, one after another.

 

We don't win anymore, but we are going to start winning again.

Lines colored

represent a reference

or description of

America and the

world:

CLINTON

We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs, the most enduring values: freedom and equality, justice and opportunity. We should be so proud that those words are associated with us.

negative

positive

START

Yet, we know there is a lot to do. Too many people haven't had a pay raise since the crash. There's too much inequality, too little social mobility, too much paralysis in Washington. Too many threats at home and abroad.

 

END

negative

positive

TRUMP

START

Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation.

Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they've lived through one international humiliation after another, one after another.

 

We don't win anymore, but we are going to start winning again.

Clinton’s speech was

based on hope and the future

with just a few references

to the state of things

Trump’s speech

described a dramatic

present for the U.S.,

leaning heavily on fear

Lines colored

in blue (D) and red (R)

represent a present

description of

America and the

world. In gray,

rest of the speech.

“We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs, the most enduring values: freedom and equality, justice and opportunity. We should be so proud that those words are associated with us.”

 

positive description

END

57’

START

END

76’

START

negative

“Yet, we know there is a lot to do. Too many people haven't had a pay raise since the crash. There's too much inequality, too little social mobility, too much paralysis in Washington. Too many threats at home and abroad.”

 

“Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation.”

“We don't win anymore, but we are going to start winning again.”

“Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they've lived through one international humiliation after another, one after another.”

 

What they said about the issues

The candidates gave a glimpse of the policy proposals their administrations would pursue should they win the White House. Trump focused predominantly on national security and the threat from the Islamic State, while Clinton spoke more on social and economic issues.

(Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Donald Trump

Terrorism/ISIS

Clinton

“We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight and defeat terrorism. ”

“I've laid out my strategy for defeating ISIS. We will strike their sanctuaries from the air and support local forces taking them out on the ground. We will surge our intelligence so we detect and prevent attacks before they happen. We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country.”

Trump

“We are going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS and we're going to defeat them fast.”

“Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terrorism and doing it now, doing it quickly.”

“We must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.

Jobs

Clinton

“In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. ”

“If we invest in infrastructure now, we'll not only create jobs today, but lay the foundation for the jobs of the future. And we will also transform the way we prepare our young people for those jobs.”

Trump

“I am going to bring back our jobs to Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York and Michigan and all of America. And I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way without consequence.”

“Then we're going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job killers of them all.”

Trade

Clinton

“If you believe that we should say no to unfair trade deals, that we should stand up to China, that we should support our steelworkers and autoworkers and home-grown manufacturers, then join us!”

Trump

“I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great trade agreements.”

“I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers or that diminishes our freedom and our independence. We will never, ever sign bad trade deals.”

“We are going to enforce all trade violations against any country that cheats.”

Taxes

Clinton

“I believe American corporations that have gotten so much from our country should be just as patriotic in return. Many of them are, but too many aren't. It's wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.”

Trump

“I have proposed the largest tax reduction of any candidate who has run for president this year, Democrat or Republican.”

“Middle-income Americans and businesses will experience profound relief and taxes will be greatly simplified for everyone. I mean everyone.”

“Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country.”

Immigration

Clinton

“We will not build a wall; instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one.”

“We'll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy.”

“Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together. And it's the right thing to do.”

Trump

“We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people. ”

“We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities!”

Health care

Clinton

“If you believe that every man, woman and child in America has the right to affordable health care, join us!”

Trump

“We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again.”

Student debt

Clinton

“Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition free for the middle class and debt free for all.”

“We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt.”

Trump

“We're going to work with all of our students who are drowning in debt to take the pressure off these young people just starting out in their adult lives. A tremendous problem. ”

Climate change

Clinton

“I believe climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying, clean-energy jobs. ”

Trump

“We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy. ”

Supreme Court

Clinton

“That's why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them.”

Trump

“We are going to appoint justices of the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution!”

“The replacement of our beloved Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views, principles and judicial philosophies. Very important.”

What comes next

Clinton and Trump will meet for three planned presidential debates, the first of which will be Sept. 26 at Hofstra University. Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will meet for a vice-presidential debate during the first week of October.

Sept. 26

Sept. 26

Oct. 4

Oct. 4

Hofstra Univ.

Hofstra Univ.

Longwood Univ.

Longwood Univ.

Hempstead,

Hempstead,

Farmville,

Farmville,

Va.

Va.

N.Y.

N.Y.

Vice-presidential

Vice-presidential

Presidential debate

Presidential debate

debate

debate

Oct. 19

Oct. 19

Oct. 9

Oct. 9

Washington

Washington

Univ. of Nevada

Univ. of Nevada

Univ. in St. Louis

Univ. in St. Louis

St. Louis

St. Louis

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Presidential debate

Presidential debate

Presidential debate

Presidential debate

Oct. 19

Oct. 19

Sept. 26

Sept. 26

Oct. 4

Oct. 4

Oct. 9

Oct. 9

Hofstra

Hofstra

Longwood

Longwood

Washington

Washington

Univ. of

Univ. of

Univ.

Univ.

Univ.

Univ.

Univ. in St. Louis

Univ. in St. Louis

Nevada

Nevada

Hempstead,

Hempstead,

Farmville,

Farmville,

St. Louis

St. Louis

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

N.Y.

N.Y.

Va.

Va.

Presidential

Presidential

Vice-pres.

Vice-pres.

Presidential

Presidential

Presidential

Presidential

debate

debate

debate

debate

debate

debate

debate

debate

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