2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Separating the kernels from the corny: What candidate rhetoric worked in Iowa?
Isaac W. Straub* and Catherine Jones
Dr. Jay W. Self, Faculty Mentor

This paper will examine correlations between candidate rhetoric in Iowa and reasons caucus-goers cite for supporting particular candidates, further evidenced by poll results and the outcome of the 2012 Iowa Caucus. We will look at what rhetoric caucus-goers find persuasive and look for themes. Research will be done in Iowa by soliciting feedback at campaign events in Iowa before the caucus. This, along with an analysis of polling data, we may be able to discern which rhetorical appeals were pivotal in Iowans decision-making process.

Keywords: Politics, Narrative pentration , Rhetoric, Iowa 2012, Candidate rhetoric

Topic(s):Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 315-6
Location: VH 1010
Time: 2:15

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