“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
—John F. Kennedy, 1961
When it comes to political speeches, great ones are few and far between. But ordinary political speeches, those given in U.S. congressional floor debates, for example, are numerous.
They are also remarkably similar. These speeches tend to follow a standard format, repeat similar arguments, and even use the same phrases to indicate a particular political affiliation or opinion. It’s almost as if there is some kind of algorithm that determines their content.
That raises an interesting question. Is it possible for a machine to write these kinds of political speeches automatically?