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

    What have the repubs done to help create jobs? What have they proposed?

    July 6, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Greg in Arkansas

    The US Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives SOLE responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.

    The leader of the House, (currently, it's the GOP) and the majority party have failed to submit ANY budget......still waiting, 798 days.....btw.....where are the jobs????????

    July 6, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. cobra

    You will not hear the questions answered, the burr head don't have a clue.

    July 6, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Rex Raptor

    I thought the Republicans elected to congress were going to come up with a jobs bill of some sort? Whatever happened to that?

    July 6, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. denmond

    So the implication from this article is that only democrats are supposed to ask questions? Softball questions from dems only? If Republicans ask questions, they're playing politics. What is if Dems ask questions?

    July 6, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Sasha

    "Where are the jobs?"

    Good question, GOP. After all, that *was* the mantra you rode to win in 2010.

    Remind me though: Since the current Congress began, how many job-creation programs have you introduced? There were a bunch of anti-choice and loopy supply-side economics stuff, but nothing about jobs at all. Curious that.

    July 6, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    What a bunch of hypocrites! Do these clowns realize that they are the ones who ran on jobs? WHERE ARE THE JOBS BONER AND CANTOR??????? Doesn't tantrum cantor always look like he is either constipated or he just let one rip and he doesn't have enough sense to get away from his own stink? To mccarthy – what is your job plan? We have been waiting sine November of last year! Wrinkle boy ryan wants yo empower grandma so he can die with no money!!!
    Tax hikes foe the rich have not created jobs!! Boner grow a pair or go weep in the corner!!! You sorrybexcuse of a man!!
    Why did the mitt millionaire leave out healthcare? Oh right, he would be going against his own romneycare!!!

    July 6, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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