Twitter Hit 10.3 Million Tweets Around The Presidential Debate

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Last night was the first presidential debate of 2012.  The debate focused mostly on the economy, medicare, jobs, etc.  As @BarackObama and @MittRomney were on stage in Denver, the discussion on Twitter hit over 10 million tweets related to the debate.  That means that this was the most tweeted-about event in U.S. politics.

Some of the most tweeted about moments was when moderator Jim Lehrer quipped “Let’s not” when Governor Romney requested a topic, President Obama quipped “I had 5 seconds” after Lehrer gave a time limit, and the discussion about Medicare vouchers were brought up.

At one point in the discussion Mitt Romney pointed out that he loved Big Bird and Sesame Street when saying that he wanted to cut federal funding for PBS.  Big Bird parody accounts on Twitter like @SadBigBird, @BigBirdRomney and @FiredBigBird sent out some funny tweets.

The next debate will be @JoeBiden vs. @PaulRyanVP in Danville, Kentucky for the Vice Presidential debate next Thursday.

Below is a chart that Twitter put together about the tweets surrounding the debate: