Keller @ Large: Analyzing The Body Language Of Senate Candidates

BOSTON (CBS) – All of the Senate candidates are trying to get their message out, but what message does their body language convey?

WBZ’s Jon Keller recently analyzed the body language of several candidates with some help from an expert, Don Khoury.


“Almost like Charlie Baker was a year ago. You know, the arms up around the head,” said Khoury, who advises that candidates should keep their hands below their shoulders, because it shows “a little more emotional control.”

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“That comes across as not necessarily being in control of your emotions, and people want someone that is more steady in their emotions, whether it’s a Scott Brown or a Deval Patrick,” said Khoury.


What about Brown’s gestures at a recent appearance in Dedham?

“(His gestures) are slower, more deliberate. They seem to be more mentally organized in terms of his delivery. It’s just more confident,” said Khoury.

In general, Khoury rates Brown’s body language very highly. Why?

“It’s so controlled. It’s transparent. It’s reassuring. He doesn’t emotional control. His vocal pitch and tone remain very steady. Even when he was talking about his wife and daughter… during the Coakley debates, his vocal pitch and tone didn’t go that much higher,” said Khoury.


Khoury went on to analyze the body language of Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and even Terry Francona.

He also made some predictions about who will win the Senate seat in Massachusetts and who will win the Republican nomination for President based on their body language (and it’s not who you think it is…).

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You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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One Comment

  1. mikey says:

    Warren can’t help herself, she’s a flailing moonbat.

    1. Tsal says:

      Mikey. Tsk tsk

  2. mikey says:

    Oops, my knee’s jerking again – but Warren should calm down.
    I find it very interesting that Mr. Khoury predicts Huntsman to win the Republican nomination.

    1. Tsal says:


      I can’t calm down. I am so tired of the inequality. And she’s not Washington but according to body language we want well schooled Washington politicians to be elected AGAIN. Not I.

      I thought huntsman was curious too. Oddly I think he is the most likely to give obama a challenge with the middle of the road. I like him. Not all he stands for but Enough to think hard

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