GOP plays Twitter politics with Obama
July 6th, 2011
01:15 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP plays Twitter politics with Obama

(CNN) - Republicans are seizing an opportunity from President Obama's impending Twitter town hall to play politics and attack the president over the economy.

Obama will answer questions Wednesday on jobs and the economy submitted via Twitter with the hashtag #AskObama. Some Republicans submitted questions of their own.

Members of the Republican leadership in the House, including House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin tweeted queries to the president Wednesday morning.

McCarthy focused his tweets around Obama's economic policies.

"#GOP has a plan #4job growth. What is your economic plan? 798 days & still no budget from Dems. #AskObama #tcot," read one tweet.

Boehner
used the social media network to question the president over sticking points in the deficit negotiations.

"Will you take job-destroying tax hikes off the table? #AskObama," Boehner wrote.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued his own list of hashtags to describe Obama's track record on the economy, including #FailedTheEconomy, #9.1%UnemploymentRate, #HighGasPrices and #SkyrocketingSpending.

The Republican National Committee sent seven questions to Obama via a press release asking "Where are the jobs?"


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. JOE

    The evil S.O.B.S look like Hitler's Third Reich.

    July 6, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Typical - if they can't tear this country down, sabotage the ones trying to save it.

    Disgusting, but oh soooooo typical.

    July 6, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    CORPORATISTS doing what they do best. Bah. Propaganda and sabotage.

    July 6, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. sandra

    Jobs bills are signed by the President after they are passed by Congress...get off your a@@@@s and do something.

    July 6, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Nick

    "Where are the jobs"?? That's a great question to as the Republicans! You ran on jobs.. but then you fooled around with amendments on gay marriage and federal funding for abortion... "social" causes??? Oh yeah.. we have to get rid of the president first before we are serious... got it Republicans. I'm tired of the games.. GET TO WORK!!!!!!

    July 6, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Sandy

    President Obama to Repubs: I created 2 million jobs since being elected. How many have you created since being elected in 2010? And how many jobs bills have you introduced?

    July 6, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Dean

    #AskObama how does it feel to be the worst president ever in the history of the United States?

    July 6, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. DC Johnny

    All fair questions. Where is Obama's budget? Where are Obama's solutions?

    For all the crazy comments routinely posted on these forums about the supposed lack of GOP leadership or direction, there seem to be an awful lot of ideas coming from Conservative camps in Washington and a lot of avoidance and misdirection from the Democrats. They'd rather focus on tax hikes that will generate a mere $70B than address the spending cuts needed to cut a gap of a trillion and a half.

    Do you understand that, Liberal sheep? Obama's proposed tax hike plan will raise $0.07T of the necessary $1.5T needed to cut the spending gap. 0.07 out of 1.5. And that's all you hear from the Left nowadays. Nothing about where the other 1.4 trillion will come from. Only where the 0.07 trillion should come from.

    July 6, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. ConservaFASCISTS

    "Will you take job-destroying tax hikes off the table?

    Leave it up to Republicans to play childish games. Job destroying tax hikes? Spoken like a true FASCISTS. We've had consecutive months of job growth prior to republicans taking over the House Bonehead. Where is your jobs bill? Your trickle down economic theories are a bunch of horse manure.

    July 6, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. MikeBell

    What is the cost for each job saved or created with the stimulus money?
    And how much of that adds to the debt and interest paid on it?

    July 6, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Doc

    What jobs? Do they mean the jobs they promised before the 2010 election and have done nothing about since? Republicans should be greatful to the President. without him many would not enjoy their cushy high paying jobs with Faux News.

    July 6, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Stratmaster

    The childish tone of their tweets, combined with the fact that they simply cannot pass up any opportunity to blame Obama for everything simply reinforces that these men (and I use the term loosely) are not equipped to govern. They (particularly Romney) act like 10 year olds taking jabs across the internet at their favorite target to make fun of.

    July 6, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. MikeBell

    When do the tweets stop and the squawks begin?
    Aren't there supposed to be real coherent communications being done?
    All this tweeting is so juvenile.

    July 6, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. C. Howe Yulikit

    Republicans are ruled by six year old boys. Stay classy GOP! You are on your way out in 2012.

    July 6, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Independent Liberal

    You have got to be kidding me....the GOP promised jobs, where are they? They are only interested in the rich and there own hides. They don't show ideas unless you call killing grandma and medicare an idea. They want to shower the rich and destroy the middle class....this is what you wnat to vote for?

    July 6, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Scott

    And Obama's twitter townhall where he answers pre selected questions is not a politcal event? You guys are so biased as to lose all credibility with independent readers/voters.

    July 6, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. logic in LA

    Show me ONE job created by these reduced taxes! Republicans love to say lower rates lead to more jobs, but not on a national level. Sure if one state has lower taxes, a business may move, but that does not create jobs, it moves them and, that is not on a federal level.
    Wake up America- it takes money to run this country.

    July 6, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    My question is: what solution, besides more tax cuts for the rich and corporations, has the GOP offered or plans to offer. Ladies and gents: THAT is the question.

    July 6, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Realistic

    Oh well, so much for leadership in time of crisis.

    July 6, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Clwyd

    Cantor, McConnell and Boehner are all republican animals!

    July 6, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Progressive Grandma

    Children, children! This is precisely why most voters have no confidence in the Congress. It is all political games, all the time...when there are really serious problems to be addressed.

    July 6, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Michele

    I am sure their time could be spent doing something better....very childish!! Boehner and his leadership are the most ineffective House in a century.....there is history for you bonehead!

    July 6, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Hammerer

    All theatrics. A deal has been agreed upon.
    It is all about getting everyone re-elected.
    Throw the the taxpayers to the wolves and pile on more taxes to pay for politicans political debts.

    July 6, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    perhaps Obama could answer a question with a question like
    What have the Republicans done to help improve the economy
    Why are the GOP so bent on protecting Big Oil
    Why did the GOP agree to rasie the debt ceiling under Bush 7 times but now won't do it
    Why does the GOP want to end Medicare as we know it
    Why does the GOP insist on balancing the budget on the backs of the Middle Class and the poor
    What happened to the jobs platform the GOP ran on in 2010
    and the list could keep growing

    July 6, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Yawn. You can bet your bippy that the GOP's astroturf operations have also inundated it with tinfoil-hatted talking point regurgitation as well.

    July 6, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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