Borger: Candidates shouldn't tweet serious stuff
May 12th, 2011
03:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Borger: Candidates shouldn't tweet serious stuff

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - On January 2, 1960, John F. Kennedy announced his presidential candidacy. In a short statement, he declared that "the presidency is the most powerful office in the Free World" and outlined the issues of the day.

He told voters how he had traveled to every state over the past 40 months, and was convinced that he would win "both the [Democratic] nomination and the election. I believe that any ... aspirant ... should be willing to submit to the voters his views, record and competence in a series of primary contests."


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Serious candidates do not tweet serious stuff. Tweets are for kids.

    May 12, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. gt

    newt is not a serious canidate so he can tweet all day long....

    May 12, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. PalmReader

    "So far, GOP voters don't seem much excited by the candidates, and why should they?"

    I'd take your comment even further, Ms. Borger: Americans don't seem much excited by the GOPer candidates, and why should we be? Each one of this years batch of GOPer hopefuls are themselves lacking in enthusiasm, and/or a serious committment to the job they seek to hold, let alone address themselves as someone I would want to waste my time, energy, and money supporting.

    Fired up and ready to go. Obama/Biden 2012.

    May 12, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Greg in Arkansas

    How about if I "tweet" my vote.....better yet, farmville donation from facebook

    May 12, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS

    Tweeting should be reserved for childish comments like those that come out of Silly Sarah's polluted pottymouth. Declariing your presidency via Twitter goes to show me that you're way in over your head. As Gloria stated in her piece, even our current President went before a crowd of people in Springfield to announce his candicacy. President Obama was the first to use social media for his campaign. So I say if you want to use it, you should follow the President's blueprint. Social media initially was used by the youth of this country. That's how the President won majority of the youth vote. I doubt if that philosophy will not work as well for the GOP. The GOP has constantly attacked the President on EVERYTHING, but yet when it comes to campaigning, they want to take his idea and run with it. We the youth find that so lame.

    May 12, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Here's the interesting thing about Gingrich: He is actually a man of complex ideas. What's more, he is the person credited with leading the great GOP comeback - after 40 years - in 1994, becoming House speaker
    WOW! Nice words from Borger to Newt! Osama must be feeling a bit cold down there right about now!

    May 12, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Terry Adams

    'With God First AnyThing Can Be Worked Out So Poeple Go To Church SomeTime; God Bless!!!!

    May 12, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Terry Adams

    'P.S. Let Obama Do His Job Please' ( GRIPMAN )!!!!!!

    May 12, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Terry Adams

    ' And Stop Calling Him Obama Or Mr.Obama It's Pres.Obama; ( GRIPMAN )!!!!

    May 12, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Not even single candidate from GOP didn’t impressed us who care what they tweet or their tweet is sweet

    May 12, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Jo Jo

    Well, what can I say? Tweeting is perfect for those who wish to dodge being asked tough questions by the public. What better way to avoid explaining why you had to step down as speaker of the house all while condemning the president of something you were doing yourself? I have to say though, if tweeting keeps eye of Newt from stepping in front of a camera, then tweet on my brother tweet on!

    May 12, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |