by Brandy D. Anderson
In 2011, United States President Barrack Obama famously took to Twitter, thereby making tweeting a virtual prerequisite for future Presidential hopefuls. Since then, the political world has seen the enormous power tweets have when it comes to getting your word out far and wide, and doing it quickly. Although the 2016 US Presidential election is more than a year away, candidates are already hitting the streets, and the internet, in hopes of wrangling supporters. Here are the four candidates who use Twitter constantly, each tweeting numerous times a day, in hopes of gaining your votes:
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Clinton’s self-effacing humour is evident from her introductory dig at her own plethora of pantsuits, and you’ll see this playfulness reflected in some of her tweets as well. You’ll also find her patented “I’m one of you” tweets like her recent message this morning: “’I am running for everyone who’s ever been knocked down but refused to be knocked out.’ – Hillary”. Clinton’s unwavering fight for women’s rights is something else you’ll see reflected often.
Yesterday she tweeted: “Today marks the 167th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention – a milestone for women’s equality. ‘We cannot – and must not – ever forget that the rights and opportunities we enjoy as women today were not just bestowed upon us by some benevolent ruler. They were fought for, agonized over, marched for, jailed for and even died for by brave and persistent women and men who came before us.’ – Hillary Clinton, 1998, 150th Anniversary of The Seneca Falls Convention”. Clinton’s Twitter account also features retweets, like Nelson Mandela’s quote: “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” and a retweet of a quote from National Political Director Amanda Renteria, “#WomenSucceed when minimum wage allows them to provide for their families. In 2014, 14 states & DC took action to raise the minimum wage!” Clinton has one of the most frequently updated Twitter accounts, with new tweets posted an average of six or seven times a day.
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The Bush political dynasty continues with W’s brother now taking a stab at the White House. Bush’s Twitter page is full of quick pitches and snippets of his thoughts on the issues he most wants to focus on. Some of his recent tweets include: “The Cuban people are not imprisoned by the past; they are imprisoned by the Castro regime”, “Real economic growth is achievable, and I have set a goal of four percent a year”, ‘and “Here’s an incentive for Members of Congress: You don’t show up, you don’t get paid for that time”.
Ah, in a manner very reminiscent of W, Jeb has his own brand of signature ‘Bushisms’: one tweet reads, “Washington could use a little ‘Veto Corleone’”, and the video link included in the tweet features Florida State President Andy Gardiner uttering the phrase “if your project didn’t meet with the principles he [J. Bush] put forth, he was gonna whack it”. However, J’s page isn’t playful like this often, and he mostly uses the platform to make bold statements such as this morning’s couplet of tweets: “Obama’s rush to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba is wrong. This embassy will only serve to further legitimize repressive regime” and “We need an American President to go to Havana only in solidarity with a free Cuban people”. Bush also doesn’t shy away from taking a stance against Trump’s recent media hype: “Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration”.
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Sanders is a bit of an underdog, and his Twitter page focuses on getting his views across rather than retweets or Twitter replies with followers. In a recent tweet, Sanders states, “In my view, every worker in America should be guaranteed at least twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave”. Another one, posted earlier today, asks, “Who are those members of Congress elected with the help of billionaires going to be representing? The middle class and working families?”
A few more examples of his tweets: “Today, one family owns more wealth than the bottom 42 percent. Isn’t it time for a change?”, “It is insane that low-wage workers for companies like McDonald’s must work when they are sick just because they can’t afford to stay home”, and “We want a nation where young black men and women can live without fear of being falsely arrested, beaten or killed”. Sanders also tweeted: “We must make sure that every person who has the ability can get a good education, regardless of their family income. As president, I will fight to make tuition in public colleges and universities free, as well as substantially lower interest rates on student loans”. There’s also a video posted today from CNN where they talk about the way Sanders is “drawing bigger crowds than all 2016 candidates combined” and they add that “he’s winning the enthusiasm primary”.
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Full disclosure: When I first heard Donald Trump was running for president, I thought it was a hoax. It just seemed so fantastical (I know, many also laughed when Arnie first ran for governor, too). However, Trump’s Twitter page is certainly one of the most active of the candidates, he’s always saying something.
True, most of his tweets are quick zingers pointed at McCain these days, but he also actively responds to Tweeters from around the globe, so he’s definitely gaining some major social media points. For instance, he responded to a tweet a few minutes ago: “@amit_ I agree 100%. McCain is fighting for illegal immigrants but never did anything for our Vets”. Trump also retweets a lot of the support messages he receives: “’@LinFlies @GhostDancer_2 @contrarian11 @MichaelCohen212 @ChrisCuomo @DeptVetAffairs… rest of GOP only cries but Trump gets stuff DONE’” and “’@Valenti317 @realDonaldTrump the left is petrified of you! Why else would they be attacking you so vigorously?’”. You’ll also find some video links of Trump’s appearances, and an occasional quote from Trump himself, such as “We will soon be at a point with our incompetent politicians where we will be treating illegal immigrants better than our veterans”.