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    sweeping national themes

    What is "sweeping" here? it's to general for me :)

    "What Obama wanted to try out was an honest-togoodness stump speech full of sweeping national themes"

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    Re: sweeping national themes

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    What is "sweeping" here? it's to general for me :)

    "What Obama wanted to try out was an honest-togoodness stump speech full of sweeping national themes"
    It means wide-ranging, general, non-specific.

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    Re: sweeping national themes

    A sweeping speech is a speech that carries people along, electrifies them, sweeps them away. So in very much the same sense I think sweeping national themes do just that in a speech. Patriotism, for instance, would be such a theme.

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    Re: sweeping national themes

    Hi guys thanks a lot ... since that I'm looking for the most proper meaning, from what you wrote I have two options one that is "general" speech and the second one "A sweeping speech is a speech that carries people along" as Shenfeng wrote, what do you think I should use here?

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    Re: sweeping national themes

    I also got this doubt where I saw his word "What Obama wanted to try out was an honest-togoodness stump speech"

    so will be wait to read what you guys think :)

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    Re: sweeping national themes

    Quote Originally Posted by flowersa View Post
    I also got this doubt where I saw his word "What Obama wanted to try out was an honest-togoodness stump speech"

    so will be wait to read what you guys think :)
    The type of speech candidates for office give (a stump speech). A speech that was truly that and could not be mistaken for another purpose.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: sweeping national themes

    I guess what's meant here is that politicians usually deliver their stump speeches in more or less the same fashion, namely pretty much promising the potential voters the moon.
    Obama wanted to try something new by giving a speech that is not riddled with lies and promises he wouldn't be able to keep.

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