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    These servicemen and women deserve the thanks of our country, and they deserve the best care our nation can provide," he will say, according to the text.

    Though it is already said by (President George Bush).

    Why here (will say instead of was said) is used?
    Also,
    What does `according to text' refer to?

    For more context (BBC NEWS | Americas | Bush intervenes in army scandal)

    Please explain it.

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    Nowadays, texts of politician's speeches are often made available to the press before the speech is made, so they can talk about what he will say. The text they refer to is the written version that they are given. I presume the use of 'according to' is to allow for changes that may be made before the speech is actually given.

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    Default Re: according to the text

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Nowadays, texts of politician's speeches are often made available to the press before the speech is made, so they can talk about what he will say. The text they refer to is the written version that they are given. I presume the use of 'according to' is to allow for changes that may be made before the speech is actually given.
    Thank you -- Tdol.

    So,

    texts of politician's speeches mean (words or letters of politician's speeches)

    Am I right?

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