US election: Social media roundup
Our regular look at how the campaign plays out online, as Obama and Romney trade barbs over taxes and secret videos.
- Obama went on to qualify his statement by using the US healthcare bill as an example.
- That point, however, did not make the YouTube clips circulated by Republican bloggers.
- After a week of Romney gaffes revealed by a secretly recorded video, the Republican candidate was quick to jump on Obama's comment.
- His sentiment was echoed by conservatives on Twitter, who often tweet with the hashtag #tcot (for Top Conservatives on Twitter).
- As some bloggers pointed out, Romney himself made a similar remark in a 2007 interview:
- Another clip widely circulated online among Republicans this week is of a 1998 speech given by Obama in which the President (then-state senator) addresses the concept of wealth redistribution:
- Romney referenced the recording at a fundraiser on Wednesday.
- While some Twitter users alleged bias in the mainstream press for outlets not giving as much attention to the "redistribution" comment as they did for the leaked Romney fundraiser video.
- The Obama campaign was quick to jump on Romney's use of the President's 1998 remarks, saying the President's words were taken out of context.
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