Obama and Romney camps fire Tweets over jobs report
July 8th, 2011
07:05 PM ET
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Obama and Romney camps fire Tweets over jobs report

Washington (CNN) - Welcome to the 2012 campaign, where rapid response comes in the form of poison-tipped tweets fired by the nation’s top political operatives.

Witness the battle being waged in the Twitter-verse over the disappointing June jobs report.

Friday afternoon, David Axelrod, the man leading President Obama’s re-election campaign, sent out this tweet:

“In business, Romney made a fortune firing American workers. As governor, 47th on job creation. Now? All attack, no ideas.”

The message was in response to a Mitt Romney campaign e-mail that called for the firing of top White House political adviser David Plouffe.

“If David Plouffe were working for me, I would fire him and then he could experience firsthand the pain of unemployment,” the Romney statement read.

On Wednesday, Plouffe suggested voters might look past the jobless rate in the 2012 election.

“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said at a breakfast with reporters sponsored by Bloomberg News.

“People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”

Minutes after Axelrod’s tweet, senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom asked on Twitter:

“Hey @davidaxelrod, were you the one who told Plouffe to say that unemployment doesn't matter to average Americans?”

That prompted Obama campaign and White House communications veteran Bill Burton to weigh in.

“@EricFehrn, if you have to misquote Plouffe to make your point, you probably aren't on very solid ground,” Burton tweeted.

Burton left the White House in February and is now a senior strategist for the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action, which he helped found to compete with third-party Republican groups in the 2012 election.

The campaign crossfire underscored Romney’s Republican front-runner status, as he has drawn a steady flow of criticism from the Democratic Party all week.

Romney has focused his attacks on the economy in recent weeks, and his staff has repeatedly used the slogan “Obama isn’t working” in web videos and campaign statements.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Burton • David Plouffe • Mitt Romney • Priorities USA • Twitter
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Pub

    Thanks, good article...

    July 9, 2011 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  2. FM

    Romney and his people do not understand that politics is a funny game, and that if one doesnt know how to play the cards right, always loses. Their attacks seem not taking them anywhere! The economy is not going to change overnight.

    July 9, 2011 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  3. Rob

    The Republicans want us to believe that tax cuts for the wealthy will create jobs via trickle-down, and the Democrats are too timid to propose any drastic changes that will actually make a difference. Come 2012, I think we're all better off writing in "None-of-the-above" and propping up Richard Pryor's decaying body to govern us.

    July 9, 2011 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  4. Debra From Georgia

    Shut up Romeny

    July 9, 2011 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  5. Debra From Georgia

    “In business, Romney made a fortune firing American workers. As governor, 47th on job creation. Now? All attack, no ideas.”

    Meaning he would buy companies, split them up, and dispose of workers. You are not a job Maker Mr Romney, you are a job killer.

    July 9, 2011 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  6. mike

    10 years of tax cuts for the wealthy,were are the jobs the american people want to see the facts on how many jobs these people have created hard facts not some crap they pulled out of thin air all I hear is that if we stop giving them government welfare it will hurt the economy then prove it with hard facts

    July 9, 2011 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on America

    The teatard campaigned in '10 on jobs and now they have no plan whatsoever except their disproved BS about how raising taxes on the filthy rich won't help the economy and those tax breaks create jobs. Since we know that isn't true, we can only conclude the Greedy Old Pigs hate America and care more about their party of corporatist neocons.

    July 9, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  8. CharlieEcho

    They can tweet their little heads off people are going to judge the world as they "see" and "feel" it. What's putting bread on my table and how much is it costing. Food prices are going up, fuel is going up. Prices for everything is going up, people are still being laid off and businesses are closing. Tweeting will only make more sound bytes. We need hard ideas not tweets. If the Democratic party plans to make promises to keep all the entitlements they'd best figure out how to pay for them without jobs.

    July 9, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  9. DOS

    As an independent... I hate both sides. The Republicans have no viable plan, they just spew negativity: the Democrats don't understand budgeting, restraint and long term planning. God, why can't we get people in who can see beyond their self interest?

    July 9, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  10. Marry

    “In business, Romney made a fortune firing American workers. As governor, 47th on job creation. Now? All attack, no ideas.”
    Mr. Romney – only biting critic and no solutions. Typical GOP/TP!!!

    July 9, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  11. Clwyd

    Romney is a member of a religious cult and what else would you expect from him. The republican party is so out of touch with America, but in touch with the rich and corporate world that they have lowered themselves to a pack of animals!

    July 9, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  12. a in austin

    Jobs have been held ransom since McConnell stated it was his job to make sure this President was a one term president. Only problem is, he's taking everyone hostage with him. With the party of no and the new lay offs of teachers throughout the gop states, things are going to get worse for Main Street. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    July 9, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    LMAO – and may the TWITS begin!!! I guess I will join Twitter to see what everyone is Tweeting about!

    July 9, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  14. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    let's see a factual accounting of how many jobs Mitt has actually created. NOT how much WEALTH he has created for himself and other CEO types, who continue to widen the Grand Canyon-esque gap between what the big bosses and little people earn in this nation. Romney has no plan for job creation, except the stuff that has been proven as failed - more tax cuts for the rich and lower tax rates for the corporations that continue to sit on the money and hire overseas. America is collecting the lowest tax receipts it has garnered in 60 years. The rich have never been wealthier, yet the first 8 years of this decade yielded the worst job creation record since pre-WW II. Those huge tax cuts for the rich created more wealth for the rich and little else. If you think Romney cares about the middle class, there's a bridge to nowhere I'd like to sell you in Alaska.

    July 9, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  15. Caron Speas

    We have had almost 11 years of the Bush tax cuts - recently renewed by Obama. These tax cuts were supposed to result in more jobs created by the weay. WELL? YOU GOT THE TAX CUTS. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    July 9, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  16. crooked bridge

    This is what it has come to? Pretty juvenile.

    July 9, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  17. Caron Speas

    The Republicans tank the economy, then spend the next 4 years blaming the Democrats. No, its not time to start blaming the Democrats. The Republican hypocrits know damn well that they destroyed the economy so badly, so seriously that its going to take at least ten years to recover. ROMNEY IS BANKING ON THE FACT THAT AMERICAN VOTERS ARE JUST DUMB ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THAT OBAMA CAUSED THIS ECONOMY.

    July 9, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  18. Caron Speas

    I want the repubicans to explain why the tax cuts for the rich didn't produce jobs.

    July 9, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. Caron Speas

    Just looking at Romney makes me sick.

    July 9, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. Diana

    Why aren't Americans working together to rise up out of the economic slump.
    Why are you fighting and criticizing each other? By dividing, you weaken yourselves.

    July 9, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. Liz the First

    I wish folks would just ask themselves, if tax cuts for the wealthy produce all these jobs, why haven't they done so in the decade they've been in place??????????????? the opposition to taxes by the republicans is just plain greed! pure and simple. they'd rather see the country go down the tubes than pay a few more bucks in taxes. they'd rather seniors not eat so they can pay for their health care than pay a few more bucks in taxes. these bums can't govern! they are in power purely for their own benefit. sooner or later, even 'four and the door' will realize how damaging the republican ideology is to this country and our democracy. throw the bums out!!!!!

    July 9, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. WiredwierdinSF

    Guess there is no real chance that Obama, CNN or the democrat liberals will ever admit that the inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toadys president giving trillions of our hard earned tax dollars to corrupt union bosses to "stimulate: the economy did not work is there? All it did is stimulate the pockets of the union bosses and go in to the reelection campaigns for the corrupt democrat liberal politicians and ACORN.

    July 9, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. Kenneth Krieger

    A 'Talking Point is a Talking Point, is aTalking Point". A 'Talking Point" are words without a meaning or any purpose except for reelection and despotism. Obama does not care about anyone but himself. It has to be about power and not about public service. George Washington never told a lie and Obama never tells the truth. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    July 9, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. jb1963

    At the end of the day the tweet about Romney has the most truth he did make millions firing Americans.

    July 9, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. jb1963

    Republicans want to change America into the Roman Empire where a few controlled everything and the rest relied on scraps to live on in affect making all of the non rich slaves.

    July 9, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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