Every political campaign season produces a few unforgettable sound bites that linger long after the election is over. And this one was no exception. From Big Bird to Clint Eastwood, this election spawned some sound bites that few will soon forget. Hark, a web site that touts itself as a “sound bite platform,” announced today its list of the most listened to sound bites from the 2012 presidential election.
Hark compiled the list based on the number of listens each political sound bite got during the first 72 hours of its appearance on the Hark website between Nov. 1, 2011 through Nov. 1, 2012.
"The Presidential election produced some dramatic moments, resulting in powerful sound bites that, at times, completely dominated social media channels," said Hark CEO David Aronchick. "As the world’s sound bite platform, we are proud that our content on Hark can help in the democratic process by informing voters and assisting those covering the election to tell a more informative and entertaining story."
The top 10 most listened to sound bites on the Hark web site were:
1. “I like PBS, I love Big Bird.” – Governor Mitt Romney
2. “. . . they brought us whole binders full of women.” – Romney
3. “What do you want me to tell Romney?” – Clint Eastwood
4. “If it’s a legitimate rape. . .” – Missouri Senate Candidate Todd Akin (R)
5. “. . .there are 47 percent." – Romney
6. “. . . it is something that God intended to happen.” – Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R)
7. “The third one, I can't. Oops.” – Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)
8. “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.” – Vice President Joseph Biden
9. “The 1980's are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” –President Barack Obama
10. “Rape is rape. It is a crime.” – Obama