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American Political Words

Based on the definitions, guess these words used in American politics.
Last updated: June 10, 2016
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Definition
Word
One who is running for office
Candidate
Senatorial delay tactic
Filibuster
Presidential refusal to sign legislation
Veto
In an election, the person who currently holds office
Incumbent
A winning percentage, but less than 50%
Plurality
Person who attempts to influence government officials on behalf of a special interest
Lobbyist
The amount of money that the government spends in excess of its revenue each year
Deficit
An election to choose a party's nominee
Primary
The President's highest-ranking advisors, collectively
Cabinet
A Congressional election that happens between Presidential elections
Midterm
Legislation that is not yet a law
Bill
The official policy positions of a political party
Platform
A media personality who provides political analysis
Pundit
Enforcer who ensures that party members vote along party lines
Whip
To vote in the House of Representatives for an elected official to be removed
(To actually be removed, they must be convicted in the Senate)
Impeach
A certificate that can be applied toward tuition at a private school
Voucher
To redraw voting districts in a convoluted, unfair way
Gerrymander
A legislature with two houses is this
Bicameral
A person who is not aligned with a specific political party
Independent
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level 70
May 4, 2014
Wonder if you would accept talking head for pundit?
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level 77
Jun 26, 2014
Yep, that's all I could think of.
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level 71
Dec 16, 2014
I'll agree with that too!
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level 62
Jan 7, 2015
I'm just a bill / Yes, I'm only a bill / And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill
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level 60
Oct 4, 2016
Schoolhouse Rock rocks!!
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level 71
Apr 20, 2015
Off year election = Midterm election, no?
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level 70
Sep 28, 2016
All I could think of, too.
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level 76
Sep 28, 2016
That was my first guess, too. Midterm is probably more official.
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level 78
Sep 28, 2016
My initial thought as well. Mid-term may be more technically correct but off-year is probably used more commonly.
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level 78
Jun 15, 2015
A veto is affirmatively denying legislation. Refusal to sign (thereby vetoing) is a "pocket veto."
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level 68
Oct 7, 2016
yeah, I got stuck for awhile wondering why that wasn't working
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level 70
Sep 2, 2016
The appearance of the answer "voucher" in this quiz made me break into the song, "One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others"…
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level 51
Sep 28, 2016
I would agree. I know the debate over school vouchers was somewhat active in the 2000 and possibly the 2004 elections (if I remember), but it's not really a political term.
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level 67
Sep 28, 2016
I think you'll find that whip has been in use in the UK parliament since pre 1770.
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level 65
Oct 3, 2016
Many of these words have origins outside the US. They're still used in US politics.
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level 67
Sep 28, 2016
Thirteen of the fifty states use caucuses instead of primaries to determine their party's nominee.
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level 52
Oct 1, 2016
I was thinking about that too, but I think the "primary elections" is the official term for the elections for party nominee. I could very easily be wrong on this point, though.
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level 76
Sep 28, 2016
Isn't a refusal to sign legislation by the president technically a pocket veto? A normal veto requires the president to indicate that the bill is vetoed in writing I believe.
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level 67
Sep 29, 2016
I was just about to write up that same objection. Ericsp23 is correct. On a regular veto the president must return the bill to congress with written objections. On a pocket veto the president does not sign a bill before the congressional session ends (provided there are less than 10 days left in the session).
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level 69
Jun 1, 2017
I got 18/19 thanks to House of Cards
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level 67
Jul 3, 2018
I was thinking this would be just an open list of political words and was ready to start typing freedom, God, terror, heroes, taxes, sacrifice, greatest....
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level 70
Oct 12, 2018
Many of these terms are inherited from Westminster politics; most are still in use in the UK. US originals are primary, midterm and Gerrymander, and it seems that filibuster was used in the US first, though it's a very common term (and tactic) at Westminster too. Pundit deserves special mention as having come to English from Sanskrit, whereas others come from less exotic sources (e.g. veto from Latin). Nowadays of course Washington politics is far more influential than Westminster, and terms are being exported the other way (Gerrymander is the obvious example, very commonly used in the UK), as are concepts (primaries).