Bachmann to debate on Twitter, Pawlenty bows out

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Pawlenty won't show off his excellent Twittering tomorrow.
Crippling headaches won't keep Michele Bachmann from participating in the first-ever "Twitter debate" tomorrow.

Tim Pawlenty, who feels no pain, will sit this one out, along with the Mormons -- Mitt Romney and Jon Hunstmaan -- and the cranky old guy, Ron Paul.

That puts Bachmann up against Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, Thad McCotter and Herman Cain, most of whom don't have a snowball's chance in downtown Minneapolis. 

Tomorrow afternoon, each candidate will take questions via tweet, and attempt to answer them in, at most, two or three tweets.

Pawlenty refuses to be handcuffed like that. Today, he released an entire speech via Twitter, proving he doesn't really get the idea of Twitter, or speeches.

As Politico points out, the Twitter debate is perfect for candidates who are too lazy or too crazy to put out their own opinons: Without cameras on them, there's no way to tell which candidates are actually tweeting their own answers.

Pawlenty's withdrawal is odd for someone who's been like the Mike Tyson of Twitter. In May, when Barack Obama was in Europe, Pawlenty tweeted a shot at the president.

@BarackObama sorry to interrupt the European pub crawl, but what was your Medicare plan?less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Then, after Pawlenty passed on taking an in-person swipe at frontrunner Mitt Romney at the first Republican debate, he again flexed his typing fingers.

On seizing debate opportunity re: healthcare: Me 0, Mitt 1. On doing healthcare reform the right way as governor: Me 1, Mitt 0less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

So, Pawlenty has no problem firing off when he's all alone, but can't field questions from the American tweeple? That doesn't sound like Commander in Chief material.

Pawlenty's speech today, which he referred to as a "Tweetnote," was directed at the American Jobs Conference. In the speech, Pawlenty proved that Twitter is the best way to throw out a bunch of outrageous claims and unsubstantiated numbers, without any context or clarity, and just move along like you've made your point.

Tweetnote #jobs4US: We need to reduce regulation for business. Federal regulations cost our economy 1.75T per year. That's unacceptable.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The tweeted speech might have sounded like a good idea at one point. But it only works for people who are paying attention in real time, which -- given Pawlenty's poll numbers -- might not have amounted to much. But he must've forgotten that Twitter saves in reverse chronological order. Now, for the rest of time, everyone can go read Pawlenty's speech... backwards.

Nice try, Pawlenty. #whydontyoujustgiveupalready


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Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

That "cranky old guy" is the only one of the bunch that has an ounce of sense to him. Bring our troops home... check. Dismantle the Federal Reserve... check. Craft a foreign policy that is not overly influenced by the Israeli lobby nor based on military and economic imperialism... check and mate.

Too bad he doesn't stand a chance, because people are stupid.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Ron Paul ran a white power newsletter for years.   I would say that disqualifies him from being President.   His excuse that he didn't write the anonymous articles but merely allowed them to be published in a newsletter bearing his name doesn't hold water.  At minimum it shows Ron Paul does not have judgement to be put in charge of nuclear weapons.   I mean this isn't slightly racist stuff that liberal bloggers are exaggerating, this is full blown racist craziness.    If Ron Paul didn't write it, why won't he tell us who did?    It's shameful how the media and Ron Paul's supporters pretend this doesn't exist.  Looks like a typical politician in my eyes on this because he spins and shifts blame from himself.  

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Good for Ron Paul, says Bill Clinton.

You must be forgetting of Democrat Robert Bird.You know, the longest sitting congressmen EVER!  (60+ years)Bill Clinton recently said that "Robert Bird NEEDED to join The Ku Klux Klan" to gain the support of his constitutions and run for congress.

What is worse MB?A "news letter"?Or putting on a hood and burning crosses while ripping on niggers?

Either way, Bill Clinton is all for it.Burning crosses, and putting on hoods, it's all good with Bill.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I would say both are pretty bad.    Robert Byrd joined the KKK when he was 23 years old however and had quit by the time he was running for Congress.   Robert Byrd has apologized and admitted he was wrong multiple times.   Ron Paul published his newsletter when he was like 60 years old.   Ron Paul has taken no responsibility for newsletters.  He hasn't apologized or admitted wrongdoing like Robert Byrd.   Ron Paul is still currently a member of an obviously racist political party.   Just think about it logically how many young men make mistakes when they are 23?   If you are still publishing a racist newsletter when you are 60, that's not a mistake that's who you are.  



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