GOP plays Twitter politics with Obama
July 6th, 2011
01:15 PM ET
7 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.

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. carrotroot

    Republican jerks grow up.

    July 6, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Jim

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

    Yeah, thanks to the obstructionists in Congress. Let's not forget how many times the Republicans have blocked attempts at passing budgets, until the 2010 election, when they won and suddenly they want to cut spending, cut taxes, and run the President out of town. Before you make statements like this, make sure you know what you are tweeting about. Too bad you don't need a license to tweet, because then we could stop stupid people from doing so.

    July 6, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Mike, Albany

    Either reduce our military presence around the world (do we really still need troops in Germany??) or increase taxes. You cannot cut taxes and right multiple wars. This was Bush's biggest mistake. Although republicans clearly do not understand this simple fact, Obama does but is blocked at every turn by the right. Reduce our military spending and redirect this money (at least some of it) toward scientific research and technology development. Do this, and maybe America still stands a chance of remaining a world leader. Continue on the current course, and all we will only have very small things in our future.

    July 6, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. GOPig

    Oink oink! Souee! That's all I seem to hear from these guys...maybe it's my BS filter. Gen Y and the Internet will put the GOP to rest within the next 20 years. Guaranteed.

    July 6, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. GOPig

    -Not to say that folks from older generations dont have the right idea. Eisenhower was the last real Republican to me. The rest are Pirates. My point is that, although there will always be misguided (but mostly misled) people, the internet is making newer generations smarter at a base level. We're constantly assaulted with BS from the many mediums we frequent and frankly, it's the perfect training for those of us inclined to politics. No BS in 2012 – Vote Obama. Cuz right now, it's the best thing we've got and will likely get for a while!

    July 6, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Name king

    The repugs sent away all the the factory jobs, now are going through a sales revolution right now that means spending.Yes we are in a buying econou right now. When the repugs cut trillions of buying dollars, small businesses is going to feel it

    July 6, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Tony Z

    Since they have no solutions than maybe they will listen.

    July 6, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "Where are the jobs?"
    Good question, Republicans. You campaigned on a promise to create jobs in 2010. Where are the jobs.

    Gov. Romney, skyrocketing spending is the path laid out by Bush. His final year had a deficit of $1.4T. Since Inauguration Day, the stock market has risen 50%, the GDP has risen 5%, and monthly new jobs has improved by over 800K per month. Unemployment peaked at 10% at the end of recession in June 2009.

    Gas prices are result of the price of oil increasing on the world market. The price of oil is where it was during the summer of 2008, which in fact it dropped when Obama was elected. The price has steadily increased while America has remained in the economic path laid out by Bush43.

    July 6, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Mah

    More delusions from the GOP!

    July 6, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Fed Up With GOP

    GOP, nothing but a bunch of frat boys.

    July 6, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. max

    These boys are a trip. Anything to get into a fight, how immature. How about sending suggestions/fresh ideas on how to fix the economy. Romney is a joke...who the hell does he feel he is fooling...puhleeze.
    Even if I had to rethink who to vote for in 2012, this type of behavior is not only repulsive but will not win any votes. Stay classy.

    July 6, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. keeth in cali

    Acting like children.

    July 6, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Bill from GA

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

    This sounds like Jr. High playground level of maturity. (Not about tax hike, of course)

    Can boner give an example of tax hikes destroying jobs, or tax cuts creating jobs? Maybe the rich hire more domestic help with their tax cuts.

    July 6, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. XWngLady

    Petty and small of the Republicans....But what else is new?

    July 6, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    How can the repugs ask: "Where are the jobs?", when they have done NOTHING but block any attempt to create jobs?

    Have Americans forgotten that the repugs ran for election last fall on JOBS!!?

    Repugs have done NOTHING since, except blame the President.

    What will a Federal Government shutdown do to our economy? We may be about to find out.

    July 6, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. NC Independent

    These are the same Republicans that voted to raise the debt ceiling 7 times during the previous Republican administration. You fooled us in 2010 but it will not happen in 2012. Start looking for something else to do because you will not get elected again. There are more of us than tea party people in this country.

    July 6, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Russ

    It is amazing how the Repulicans continue to try to protect their rich friends, lobbyist and corporate campaign donations as they punish the middle class and poor people in this country. What part of "it's these very people they snub that buy the goods and services provided by their rich friends, lobbyist and corporate buddies" that make their freinds rich. Without the middle class spending money their rich buddies wouldn't be rich. Maybe they need to reconsider.

    July 6, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. a in austin

    How childish – they have no solutions except to obstruct. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    July 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Expat American

    Republicans are the best at destroying the country when they are in power; and attacking the opposition who is stuck repairing all of their damage when they are not….not so good at much else; other than lying to the United Nations and committing genocide, that is….

    July 6, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. CaliforniaBC

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

    Well gee Boehner...15 months of private sector job growth adding 2.1 million jobs to the economy...sorry HOW is Obama killing jobs??

    From Romney> "#FailedTheEconomy, #9.1%UnemploymentRate, #HighGasPrices and #SkyrocketingSpending."

    Looks like Mitt needs to pay attention to Politifact. Once again ALL his claims don't hold up to factchecks. Good luck with that tactic Roms ol' boy!

    July 6, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Sandy

    Why are the GOP keep shooting themselves in the foot? Don't they think the people will say they were acting childish? At least that's what I think.

    July 6, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would like to know how the GOP can state that tax hikes are "job killers?" Where is the proof? I haven't heard where they get this. I am sure that Reagan would go for a tax hike to close some of this problem.

    July 6, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    Actually republicans playing politics with us

    We lived in conservative city July 4th cook out topics are now GM is expanding his plant here they will rehire people. Seniors talking about Medicare now many feel republicans mislead us in 2010

    July 6, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. The Other Michael in Houston

    Hey Republicans, I got a question for all of you, have any of you came up with an idea that has not failed miserably in the past? No. And that is why us 80% of voting Americans refuse to back any of the GOP candidates. That's right, 80%! I guess 2010 gave you all a false sense of security. You actually thought that Americans had a change of heart. Sorry to say, not really. The problem all of you Republicans will have in November 2012 is, virtually everyone plus another generation will show up again and re-elect President Obama. and you better hope that they find a way to remove straight tickect voting or the house and the senate will be democrat.....again (although people should actually know who they are voting for). So no matter how much the GOP leaders try to derail the President, no matter how many birthers, tea people, so called "Christian" conservatives, go on Fox, Tweet, etc, there are still way more of us that want to see President Obama suceed, than more of you that want to see him failed. And shut up with your "blame it on Bush" cries, heck yeah we are blaming him for this mess. He kept 2 wars off the books, gave tax breaks to those like myself who did not need it, mortgaged our countries future to China, gave out $300.00-$600.00 welfare checks to people instead of using that money to better our infrastructure and so on. So you damn right it is his fault. And unless you Republicans can come up with an answer that will actually work, than shut your mouths and start working on the 2016 campaign because as of now, you have no chance of winning the Presidency. 80% of us will make sure of that.

    July 6, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Will

    Taxes have been low for a long time. So where are the jobs?

    July 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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