Last night’s showdown between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney was the most-tweeted political event in U.S. history, generating more than 10 million tweets. According to Twitter, the specific moments that generated the most discussion on the site were: Moderator Jim Lehrer quips “Let’s not” when Governor Romney requests a topic, President Obama retorts “I had 5 seconds” when Lehrer gave a time limit, and the discussion about Medicare and vouchers. We enjoyed the explosion of #debates that filled our twitter feeds. Here’s a quick rundown of our favorite tweets broken down into three categories.
@SilentJimLeher and @FiredBigBird weren’t the only one’s spewing comical tweets throughout last night’s debate.
It’s important to remember that this is a presidential election, and while other trends did emerge on Twitter last night, we found the fact-checking tweets to be the most beneficial to the cause. Several Twitter accounts were dedicated to fact-checking throughout the evening, and fact-checking Tweets saw a great number of retweets. For a more in-depth look at the facts, check out this article from The Daily Beast.
Let’s see what the candidates had to say after a good night’s sleep.