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

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. sue

    Republicans are suppose to be for the Constitution right? Well why are they trying to take away the voting rights from the young people? Trying to change the way young people that go to college vote....they know the young people was one of out largest voting sectors in the last election and they don't want them voting in this next election for fear they are going to vote for Obama again......lets see they want to take away womens rights to decide what they can and can't do with their bodies by doing away with abortion, maybe next they will want to take away womens rights to vote and if the religious have their way we will have to give up all other religions except the ones they support ......no way......Republicans are for the Constitution as long as it suits their values and theirs only.......

    July 9, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. John

    In 2010 the Republican ran on getting America JOBS, And than the won control of the House. The Republican since winning Control of the house have done nothing about getting JOBS. The best thing they come up with Is to give the Rich more tax cuts that haven't work In over six years, and Is never going to work. If you Rise taxes on the Rich and the Republican would try and help to get the Economy better the Rich we till hirer people because there Business will go up. You Republican know that the Tax cuts don't work so why keep up doing all this fighting.The Republican Party Is letting the Tea Party making you the worst party ever, You no longer care about the working class American People. Now all you worry about Is BIG BUSINESS and Millionaire and Billionaire. The Republican party has turn Into the Party Of NO and don't care about the working class American People.

    July 9, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Debbie from Arizona

    If Republicans in the House of Representatives would stop killing every jobs bill that is proposed, the unemployment rate in our country would go down. But, they don't want it to go down. All their energy is directed toward ousting President Obama in 2012 and the rest of the country can go to hell.

    July 9, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Kareem Abdul Von Fistenberg the 4th

    I sure would appreciate our politicians staying off twitter and not extending partisan BS into cyber space. It is infectious and it is contributing to the argumentative tone that has pervaded our culture. I expect better of our Politicians no matter what side of the aisle they sit on. I have zero respect for egomaniacs who think they are so important they shoul;d broadcast every thought and whim they have, but it is far worse when it is a Politician. It's just entirely innapropriate, bot to mention a security risk should they slip up, we all know how east that is to do don't we Mr. Weiner (dem) and Mr. Lee (rep)?

    July 9, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Greg

    It was a pretty stupid and insensitive thing to say by Plouffe. I don't think Romney needs any more ammunition. Romney saved and created hundreds of thousands of jobs when he was in the private sector, companies like Staples, Sports Authority, etc.. I think Plouffe and the WH need to avoid these exchanges because it just draws more attention to the jobs figure.

    July 9, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Stupid policy

    Obama and his adviser they don’t know when to fight back now they are just promoting Mitt Romney wait till primary over
    Fight back on Medicare cut

    July 9, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Myron8160

    Help the needy not the greedy myron 8160

    July 9, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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