stump speech


: a speech that is made many times by a politician who is traveling to different places during a campaign for election

Examples of stump speech in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In his remarks Wednesday, Biden did just that, though the line seemed awkwardly cut-and-pasted into his standard upbeat stump speech. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2023 Both began as a set of claims but became something else, a litany, articles of devotion, a thematic glue to hold together a standard stump speech. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 Reporters looked at each other and then down at their laptops, feverishly typing to get the breaking news out about what was no longer a typical stump speech. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 31 Oct. 2023 Leo traveled the country, delivering a stump speech of sorts. Andy Kroll, ProPublica, 11 Oct. 2023 On the campaign trail, Mr. DeSantis has refocused his stump speech on the economy and border security while leaning less into culture-war issues. Nicholas Nehamas, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 Ron DeSantis talks about fentanyl in every stump speech, vowing to send the military into Mexico to target cartels. Jennifer Medina John Tully, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 In the opening moments of the GOP debate, the candidates are managing to circumvent the rule barring an opening statement and contort their answers into stump speech. Annie Linskey, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2023 Clearly, however, none of those candidates thinks their record on treatment is an asset — or at least, something worth including in a stump speech or their attempt at a 30-second debate soundbite. Lev Facher, STAT, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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“Stump speech.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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