Monday, July 6, 2015

Trying to be phonetically correct

Sarah Palin and one of the toughest words in politics

Trying to be phonetically correct


From my seat on the press stand at the Xcel Energy Center for the Republican convention, I have a direct view of the huge teleprompter that's affixed to the camera stand directly opposite the podium. I can read every word. I tell you that so that I can tell you this.

If you follow politics, you know that any number of politicians over the years, Republican and Democrat, have had trouble pronouncing the word "nuclear." It often comes out nuke-u-ler. President Bush does it all the time. So did Sarah Palin in her first few campaign speeches.

Wednesday night, the McCain campaign wanted to make sure that Palin got it right during the energy section of her vice-presidential acceptance speech. So when the word came up on the teleprompter, it was spelled "new-clear." And she got it right.

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