Language as a Puppet of Politics: A Study of McCain's and Obama's Speech on Iraq War, a CDA Approach

Ferdows Aghagolzadeh, Sahar Bahrami-Khorshid
2009 International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory   unpublished
On Tuesday, 4 November 2008 one of the most significant events of the world will happen: the presidential election of the U.S. 1 The 44 th president of the U.S will enter the White House on 20 th January 2009. This election is in fact a competition between two main parties: republican and democratic. This paper studies the speeches of the nominees of these two parties: John McCain and Barack Obama. We selected one of their speeches on a similar topic ("Iraq War") and incorporated their states
more » ... the framework of CDA introduced by Norman Fairclough. The results show that the two senators take two opposite strands on the same event. They use language as a means of promoting their own social, political, personal interests. Language is an effective means for power struggle.