July 27, 2000

Evidence for Bush Coasting on Family Ties

Percent of Stories
Past Personal Life 15%
Remarks by Friends 8%
Tactics/Rhetoric 8%
Voter Interaction 5%
Recent Remarks 2%
Campaign Platform 2%
Polling 2%
Opponent Attack 1%
Public Record 0%
Other 5%
No Evidence 52%

In the 2000 campaign then-Gov. George W. Bush’s “riding the ties to his family” was a frequent story theme, but the stories most often cited no evidence for it.