Social media wrap: Carly Fiorina vs. Barbara Boxer, Marco Rubio vs. Charlie Crist -- Part 1
A week may be a long time in politics, but it’s an eternity on the social media networks.
So we’ve drilled down into five of the more contentious electoral races nationwide to look at how politicians are using Facebook and Twitter to launch attacks on their opponents outside the usual channels of attack ads and stump speeches.
Seemingly the messages are the same, it’s just the medium of delivery that’s changed. But how much mud can you sling in 140 characters?
Surprisingly, quite a lot.
California Senate: Fiorina vs. Boxer
The race pitting an incumbent Democratic senator, Barbara Boxer, against the second-most famous rich Republican woman to run for office in California, Carly Fiorina, has kept voters entertained with....
...a mix of well-aimed jabs and attempted roundhouses, with both sporadically hitting the mark. Latest polls show these two a whisker apart, with Fiorina catching Boxer after lagging in early polls and seemingly gaining momentum.Carly Fiorina
Carly to Barbara Boxer: Debate me any time, any where: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6HeTAaK8uA
Become a fan of Boxer Bites today to learn about the many, many ways Barbara Boxer has failed California! Tell your friends!
Did you know that today is the anniversary of Sen. Boxer's infamous "call me Senator" exchange. Commemorate today with a limited edition anniversary postcard here! http://bit.ly/9hrs2I
What will Boxer's excuse be today? Read about the past 2 days' excuses, and cast your predictions via replies now: http://bit.ly/b7Kbot
During her “Broken Promises Tour,” wonder if Boxer will make a stop in El Centro, the area with the highest unemployment rate in the U.S.-- 27.5.
It is time to hold Barbara Boxer accountable for her 28 failed years in Washington.Barbara Boxer
RT @Fiorina_Facts Fiorina would have voted against unemployment bill http://bit.ly/apbIA7 #p2 #casen
"Every time we have a tragedy where someone takes a life and goes crazy with any kind of weapon, the cry goes up for more laws, more infringement," Fiorina said. But most shootings involve individual circumstances that would not be prevented by gun laws, Fiorina said.
Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina: Two of a kind. Watch the new video and help run the ad online http://bit.ly/cA7mOB #p2 #casen
Fiorina’s HP Mishaps Prompt Technology Executives to Back Boxer http://bit.ly/9yB48g #p2 #casen
"Feinstein is not amused by these accolades from Fiorina."
AP has called the race for Fiorina. OK- let's go win this thing. #casen #p2
Florida Senate: Rubio vs. Crist
Fewer more vitriolic campaigns have captured the nation’s attention than the one to fill retiring Mel Martinez’s Senate seat, with Republican newcomer and "tea party" pick Marco Rubio waging a ding-dong battle against Gov. Charlie Crist that resulted in Crist dropping out as a GOP candidate and running against Rubio as an Independent. Kendrick Meek is the Democrats’ choice (but he mainly posts inspiring quotations on his pages, so we’ll pass over that), but we’re focusing on Rubio and Crist, who are neck-and-neck in recent polls and going for the jugular on the social networks.
Charlie Crist won't tell Florida voters who he will vote with if elected to the United States Senate, but his liberal friends already know. http://bit.ly/d1kkdzJust wanted to make sure you saw this morning’s St. Petersburg Times headline: “Trial lawyers, union and Democratic loyalists are helping fund Crist in U.S. Senate race.”
Yesterday, Charlie Crist removed the “pro-life/family” issue page of his website and any reference to his being pro-life. It's just another attempt to hide his position in order to win an election. Do we want someone who doesn't know where he stands to represent us in the U.S. Senate?
Charlie Crist said he now supports repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” adding yet another issue to Crist’s impressive list of reversed positions. This change comes stunningly just three days after telling Florida reporters he saw no need to change the policy. Crist has made it clear that he will say-do-be anything to try to win an election. But we can make it clear to him, help Florida elect someone who stands on principles, not pandering.Charlie Crist
Earmark Rubio secured $250 mil in pork barrel spending, I vow not to accept earmarks in 112th Congress http://bit.ly/cDP3Wq #sayfie #gop #fb
Facts Show Speaker Rubio Fiscally Irresponsible, Not Conservative: http://bit.ly/9hXG1A
Rubio Camp Prefers Baseless Rumors Over Talking About His Record
The REAL Speaker Rubio: Supported A Carbon Tax, Would Have Accepted StimulusGov. Crist Releases 10 Years Of Tax Returns, Will Speaker Rubio Do The Same?
It’s Been 3 Weeks and Marco Rubio Still Cannot Account for His Spending
DEBATE: Rubio supported in-state tuition for illegals and blocked bills to crack down on illegal immigrantsIllinois Senate: Giannoulias vs. Kirk
Republican Rep. Mark Kirk is squaring off against Democratic challenger Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer, for Illinois’ open Senate seat once held by President Obama. Recent polls show the candidates barely a point apart and, typically of Illinois politics, this one has turned into a knock-em-down bare-knuckle brawl often duked out over the social networks.
"Can I get 'Teaching' for $100, Alexi?" Play our latest game: "Who Is Mark Kirk?" http://bit.ly/cfNMm2 #ilsen #p2
In tough new ad, Giannoulias is making sure no one forgets Kirk's exaggeration problem... http://pwire.at/czQHRm #ilsen #p2
VIDEO: Mark Kirk flip-flopping on energy reform, Alexi Giannoulias & the Sierra Club on a big endorsement http://youtu.be/O0MVJ7weN-8 #p2
WaPo: Mark Kirk admits "to inaccurately claiming he received the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award" http://bit.ly/dbXjrB
Mark Kirk voted for the Bush corporate tax loopholes that reward companies that ship American jobs overseas. Today... http://bit.ly/9vuZDK
Will Kirk state publicly the characteristics he looks for in a SCOTUS nominee, which he declined to do during Sotomayor confirmation? #ilsen
If @Alexi4Illinois donated his $30,000 refund to charity wouldn't he be eligible for a tax write-off in 2010? #ilsen #chicago #illinois
Why did @Alexi4Illinois wait until the Friday afternoon before the Fourth of July to release his tax information? #ilsen #chicago #illinois
Would you trust Alexi Giannoulias with YOUR money? http://j.mp/bQPtHk #ilsen #ilgop #tcot #sgp #chicago #il #illinois
Kirk Campaign Expresses Serious Concern over Report that Giannoulias Event Host Intimidated Young Woman after Fundraiser http://j.mp/ccZnTn
Giannoulias’ “Top Aide” Lobbied For BP http://j.mp/9hksMA #ilsen #ilgop #chicago #il #illinois #tcot #sgp
Alexi Giannoulias Falsely Claims to be on the Board of the Community Bankers Assn. of Illinois http://j.mp/bdCpDw #ilsen #chicago
Medal of Honor Recipient Allen Lynch on Mark Kirk's Military Service http://j.mp/a61GCU #ilsen #ilgop #chicago #il #illinois
(Part II of this series is posted here)
-- Craig Howie
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Photos: Top row from left: Charlie Crist, Alexi Giannoulias, Mark Kirk. 2nd row: Harry Reid, Marco Rubio, Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown. Bottom: Sharron Angle, Carly Fiorina, Barbara Boxer. Credits: AP / Reuters / Getty Images / EPA