What did he say?

In the word clouds with Andy Beshear and Daniel Cameron

By: - August 7, 2023 5:40 am

Daniel Cameron’s Fancy Farm word cloud. (Created with word clouds.com)

FANCY FARM — After the energetic crowd left the Fancy Farm Picnic grounds Saturday, the ramifications of political speeches given are felt throughout the commonwealth. 

The headlining speeches, given by incumbent Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, put a spotlight on the differences between them and what’s at stake for their respective parties in this year’s gubernatorial election. To further underscore what was said, the Kentucky Lantern has created word clouds from transcripts of their speeches. 

The Fancy Farm Picnic, rooted in stump speeches of the past, is part church-fundraiser and part political-theater. The stage gives politicians a chance to throw a few jabs while their rival is feet away and in front of a crowd expressing ardent support and opposition. 

After the coin toss, Cameron went first. Overall his message focused on culture war issues, lacing his opposition to gender-affirming care and transgender girls participating in girls’ sports with zingers referencing conservative internet feuds. According to the word cloud, “governor,” “Beshear” and “Biden” were among his top used words Saturday. 

Daniel Cameron’s favorite Fancy Farm words

Beshear followed, taking aim at Cameron’s choice of running mate, state Sen. Robby Mills, and saying Cameron is ““willing to lie about a grand jury,” a reference to renewed criticism of the attorney general for his investigation into the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. Some of Beshear’s top words according to the word cloud were “Kentucky,” “Robby,” and “Cameron.” 

What did Andy Beshear say most often?


The Lantern used wordclouds.com to create the graphics. 

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McKenna Horsley
McKenna Horsley

McKenna Horsley covers state politics for the Kentucky Lantern. She previously worked for newspapers in Huntington, West Virginia, and Frankfort, Kentucky. She is from northeastern Kentucky.