Joseph J. Romm is author of Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga. Romm, one of Rolling Stone magazine’s top “100 Agents of Change,” is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. He runs ClimateProgress.org, which New York Times columnist Tom Friedman called, “the indispensible blog.” He also edits Rhetoric.com. Romm is author of seven books and in 1997 was acting assistant secretary of energy overseeing $1 billion in clean energy investments.
An analysis of the candidates’ speeches reveals some important linguistic distinctions