A statement in a political speech calculated to win a favorable response from an audience: an urgent plea for health-care reform is still a reliable applause line
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- In opening remarks in an after-dinner speech to farmers, he offered what is usually a guaranteed applause line: he generously praised the cooks for a ‘fine meal,’ noting the fish had been particularly tasty.
- He would nail a good applause line and then rush into the next verse of the speech.
- This last remark may not work as an applause line at Democratic rallies, but it appears to have been meant as a compliment.
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