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.


  1. Obama: I've Learned You Can't Change Washington From The Inside
  2. Obama went on to qualify his statement by using the US healthcare bill as an example.
  3. “I’ve learned some lessons. Most important is you can’t change Washington from inside, only from the outside. That’s how some of our biggest accomplishments like health care got done — mobilizing the American people.”
  4. That point, however, did not make the YouTube clips circulated by Republican bloggers.
  5. After a week of Romney gaffes revealed by a secretly recorded video, the Republican candidate was quick to jump on Obama's comment.
  6. Romney Attacks Obama For Saying He Can't Change Washington From Inside
  7. His sentiment was echoed by conservatives on Twitter, who often tweet with the hashtag #tcot (for Top Conservatives on Twitter).
  8. As some bloggers pointed out, Romney himself made a similar remark in a 2007 interview:
  9. I believe that at this time, to change Washington, it would be helpful to have somebody who comes with more private sector skill, experience outside Washington.
  10. I don't think you change Washington from the inside. I think you change it from the outside
  11. 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:
  12. Obama In 1998: "I Actually Believe In Redistribution"
  13. Romney referenced the recording at a fundraiser on Wednesday.
  14. "There’s a tape that came out just a couple of days ago where the president said yes he believes in redistribution. I don’t. I believe the way to lift people and help people have higher incomes is not to take from some and give to others but to create wealth for all."
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. The Romney campaign has made a practice of deliberately taking President Obama’s words out of context to manufacture false attacks. Watch what happens when Romney’s strategy is turned against him—then share this video with your friends.