Stump Speech Law & Legal Definition


Stump Speech is the standard speech of a candidate for office. It is the one he or she is most likely to use, perhaps with slight variations, on normal occasions.

The term derives from the custom in 19th century America for political candidates campaigning from town to town to stand upon a sawed off tree stump to deliver a standard speech. Because the busy pace of campaigning often forces candidates to address people several times per week or even per day, the candidate and his or her staff will usually write a single speech to be delivered at most public appearances.