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Ann Romney Fights Back: Debuts on Twitter to Counter DNC Adviser’s Insult

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PROVIDENCE, R.I) -- Ann Romney’s debut on Twitter couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

Ann’s first tweet came just moments after Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen lobbed an insult at Ann Romney, suggesting that the 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16 had never held a job.

“Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” said Rosen, who was being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the “war on women.”

And then, just like that, a familiar name popped up on Twitter: @AnnDRomney.

“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann tweeted.

The Romney campaign confirmed to ABC News that the account belongs to Ann Romney.

The tweet came just as husband Mitt wrapped up a second day of campaigning that all but entirely focused on the “war against women,” packing events with female business leaders and accusing the Obama administration’s economic policies of hurting women.

“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a tweet.

Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod also tweeted his disapproval: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”

Following the interview, Rosen herself tweeted, “I’ve nothing against @AnnRomney. I just don’t want Mitt using her as an expert on women struggling $ to support their family. She isn’t.”

Rosen kept tweeting, not appearing to back off of her comments.

“@AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy,” said Rosen.

Then Rosen offered a welcome message to Ann, tweeting, “oh and @AnnDRomney welcome to Twitter. You will find it a very exhilarating and often unforgiving place!”

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Courting Nerd Vote, Obama Flashes 'Star Trek' Salute with Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols(NEW YORK) -- President Obama met with Nichelle Nichols -- that’s Lt. Uhura from Star Trek -- back in February, but Nichols didn’t tweet a photo of her and the president giving the Vulcan salute until Wednesday.

“A photo came to me in the mail that I’ve kept for myself for over a week, but now it’s time to share it with Trekkers everywhere,” she tweeted.

“Taken 2/29/12 in the Oval Office -- Live Long & Prosper!” she tweeted, linking her post to the photo.

The photo is now Nichols’ Twitter profile photo and, according to her tweets after meeting the president, proudly displayed on her wall as well.

But it seems the Star Trek star was not the only one stoked about her White House visit. Nichols tweeted that the president said he was a “Trekker” and had a crush on her Star Trek character as a child.

“Months ago Pres Obama was quoted as saying that he’d had a crush on me when he was younger. I asked about that & he proudly confirmed it!” Nichols tweeted the day of her White House meeting.

“President Obama also confirmed for me that he was defintely a Trekker! How wonderful is that?” read her next tweet.

In a December interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, Obama proved his Trekker-ness by dropping a reference to the emotionless Mr. Spock. When Walters asked the president what he thought the “biggest misconception” about him was, Obama responded, “Me being detached, or Spock-like, or very analytical.”

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Rick Perry Discusses Twitter and Campaign Lessons at SXSW

Win McNamee/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the former presidential candidate, dropped by SXSW 2012 Friday evening to discuss all things social media and politics.

At an intimate event held at CNN’s Grill in downtown Austin, Perry answered questions about his run as a Republican candidate. But being that is was a technology and interactive show, he kicked off the interview talking about his Twitter use.

“In 2009, when we were discussing our campaign, we had heard there was this new thing they are going to be doing called Twitter. We picked up on it, and I thought it was highly successful,” he said.

Perry himself tweets from his account and was the only candidate to do so.

“Thank you for reminding me when I mispell something,” he told his followers.

Perry noted that he liked to use the service to “bypass the mainstream media” and the fact that “everyone becomes a reporter.”

Perry continued to speak candidly on the subject of his loss and the current candidates.

“We still have a lot of time to go,” Perry said when asked who he thought would be the Republican nominee.

He did, however, say that Newt Gingrich is still in the fight. Perry endorsed Gingrich when he ended his campaign in January.

Perry also addressed Texas as a hub for technology. Earlier on Friday, he announced that Apple would be creating a $304 million campus in Austin that would make available more than 3,600 jobs.

Despite having his arm in a sling because of recent surgery on his right clavicle, Perry was upbeat and humorous. He closed the event by saying that if he were to run in 2016 he would “work on some debate skills and always remember the third thing.”

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Santorum Breaks Twitter Record on Super Tuesday

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney may have won the most states in Super Tuesday’s 10 primaries, but Rick Santorum stole the show online.

As Santorum took the stage for his election night speech, Twitter exploded with chatter about him.

More than 40,000 tweets -- or about 8 percent of all the Super Tuesday related tweets sent out from 6 a.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday -- mentioned Santorum and were fired off between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET during his speech, setting a 2012 election record for the highest spike in Twitter mentions of any GOP candidate, according to analyses by Twitter and the media analytics company Blue Fin Labs.

Santorum also topped the charts as the most-searched candidate on Yahoo! Tuesday.

“You consider that politics, particularly in the primary race, tends to be a game of buzz and momentum,” said Twitter spokesman Adam Sharp.  “To win an election you want the conversation to be about you.”

But that online buzz was not necessarily a good thing for the candidate.  An analysis of Yahoo! searches during Santorum’s speech, and corresponding Twitter spike, showed that the majority of the buzz was actually negative.

William Powers, director of the election project for Blue Fin Labs, said Santorum’s Twitter spike was the “highest percentage of clearly negative sentiment than any other candidate got all day.”

Yahoo! News Senior Editor Phoebe Connelly, who analyzed the search engine’s Super Tuesday data, said even though Santorum’s campaign has traveled the country for the past eight months, the majority of Yahoo! searchers were still trying to find out basic information about the candidate.  Most searches were for things like “Rick Santorum bio.”

“It’s like they don’t know who he is and are now struggling to figure out who he is,” Connelly said.

Santorum’s social media spike on Tuesday was dramatic, but has been dwarfed by Romney’s sustained and substantial online presence.  Romney has 10 times as many Facebook fans as Santorum and 1.2 million more fans than Newt Gingrich, who won only his home state of Georgia on Tuesday.

Colin Delany, the founder and editor of, which analyzes how politicians can best use social media, cautioned that this support online does not necessarily translate into support at the polls.

“It’s about like trying to predict an election based on how many yard signs someone has,” Delany said.  “Sometimes it’s a good reflection but certainly not a definite correlation.”

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Senior Obama Campaign Staffer Tweets Subtle Attack on Romney

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama’s senior campaign strategist took a not-so-veiled swipe at Mitt Romney via Twitter on Monday.

David Axelrod tweeted a photo of the president in the backseat of a vehicle, peering out the window alongside first dog Bo.  The caption accompanying the photo was, “How loving owners transport their dogs.”

This unsolicited advice is likely in reference to the infamous story -- as first reported by the Boston Globe -- about a family trip Romney took more than 25 years ago in which he transported his dog in a much different way.

During the former Massachusetts governor’s 2008 run for the presidency, it came out that many years before, he transported the Romney clan from Boston to Ontario, Canada, with the family dog in a carrier tied to the roof.

Coincidentally, the Obama campaign launched a Facebook page called Pet Lovers for Obama on the same day as Axelrod's tweet.  The community page features a magnet with Bo’s photo saying, “I bark for Barack.”  It invites supporters to submit photos of their pets in Obama 2012 gear.

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Sen. Grassley’s Twitter Account Hacked by SOPA Protesters

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Twitter account was hacked Monday by the group “Anonymous,” which is protesting the anti-piracy bills being considered in Congress.

The Senator’s account tweeted, “Dear Iowans, vote against ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA, because this man, Chuck Grassley, wants YOUR internet censored and all of that BS.”

Then a few minutes later, more hacked tweets: “And yes, I am an Anonymous follower,” his twitter account posted, “uh-oh looks like Chuck is online too.”

Grassley is a supporter of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The group Anonymous has protested the bill fiercely, targeting websites of members of Congress who have supported the bill.

Called “OpDonkeyPunch,” the group claims on their chat rooms and on Twitter they are mounting the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on members of Congress, following last week’s coordinated Internet blackout on some websites like Wikipedia against the bills.

Grassley’s office confirmed that his twitter account was hacked while the Senator, who posts tweets directly from his blackberry himself, was traveling from Iowa to Washington, D.C.

Last week Grassley reversed his support for the Senate’s anti-piracy bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), stating that while there needs to be a way to stem Internet piracy the Senate bill needs “substantial changes.” In light of last week’s protests and numerous senators pulling their support, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Friday delayed a vote on the bill in order to resolve the problems with the bill.

All erroneous hacked tweets have been since deleted from the Senator’s account.

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Romney, Obama Campaign Advisors Engage in Twitter Spat

Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- Another Twitter battle is brewing between Mitt Romney’s senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom and President Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod, who have spent hours trading insults about the state of the economy, one calling the other “dude” and calling into question Romney’s debate prep regimen.

It started on Monday, when Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) tweeted a link to a chart that showed the rate of job creation under President Bush and President Obama, to which Fehrnstrom (@EricFehrn) responded on Twitter, “Sometimes you don’t need a picture to tell a story. The numbers speak for themselves — 1.7 million jobs lost under Obama.”

Axelrod shot write back writing, “How is it that Mitt has nothing to say in the six months BEFORE Obama took office, when U.S. was losing nearly 4m jobs?”

“Really?” wrote Fehrnstrom. “Romney campaigned against Obama on the basis he was unprepared for the challenge ahead, like Joe Biden warned.”

Fehrnstrom wrote: “Obama is poised to be first president in history to end term with a net job loss. That is a fact. Can’t keep blaming Bush.”

“Not blame," said Axelrod. “Just asking why Mitt was mute as we lost 4m jobs in last 6 mos of last admin; now wants to go back to same policies? And why Mitt said Bush policies had ‘shored up the nation’s economy.’ Does he still believe that? Or just another change of mind?”

The conversation then got more interesting, as the two senior advisors used Twitter to needle each other even further.

“Why does Obama blame everyone but himself? If he were kicker on NFL team and missed a field goal, would he blame the wind?” Fehrnstrom quipped.

“Dude, none of my business, but shouldn’t you be in debate prep instead of trying to explain yourself to me?” asked Axelrod.

“Haha! Believe it or not, the economy is an issue where we don’t prep Mitt, he preps us,” said Fehrnstrom.

It seems that for now, Fehrnstrom got the last word. A twitter user who identifies himself as a Bay Area native pounced on Axelrod, tweeting, “way too old to be saying ‘dude.’”

But Axelrod had a response to that, too.

“That’s the great thing about Twitter. You’re never too old!” he wrote.

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Michelle Obama Joins Twitter

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First Lady Michelle Obama officially joined the Twittersphere on Thursday, a move meant to expand her influence and outreach for the 2012 presidential campaign.

The account -- @MichelleObama -- will be managed by President Obama’s campaign staff, according to a statement on her profile page.  Tweets directly from Mrs. Obama herself will be signed “-mo.”

Despite her husband's sagging approval numbers, the first lady remains highly popular in public opinion polls, and as such is seen as a significant asset in the effort to re-elect her Mr. Obama. On Wednesday, she hosted her first two fundraisers of the year with supporters in Virginia.

Within the first two hours of launching her Twitter account, Mrs. Obama acquired more than 25,000 new followers. President Obama (@BarackObama) has more than 11.8 million followers and is the third most-followed public figure on Twitter.

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Back to Iraq? Twitter Ignites Over Rick Perry’s Suggestion

Win McNamee/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Rick Perry‘s attention-grabbing comment that troops should be sent back to Iraq is getting traction on Twitter.

According to BlueFin Labs, Perry’s comment in Saturday night’s ABC News debate brought about 5,800 messages on Twitter.

That number is just short of the 5,900 prompted by the exchange between Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich over Gingrich’s lack of military service.

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Snarky Tweet from Ron Paul’s Twitter Account Fired at Jon Huntsman

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SPRINGFIELD, Va.) -- During the Iowa caucus Tuesday night it wasn’t just the wind sending a chill into the hearts of presidential candidates.

At 8:30 p.m., just after entrance polls started pouring in, Ron Paul tweeted a snarky shot at fellow Republican candidate Jon Huntsman.

“@jonhuntsman we found your one Iowa voter, he’s in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks,” read the tweet that came from Paul’s verified Twitter account.

The tweet from Paul’s account was deleted within half an hour of it being sent, but ABC News captured a screenshot.

Twitter/ABC NewsHuntsman has foregone campaigning in Iowa, instead stumping in New Hampshire. At his 150th appearance there Tuesday night, he told ABC News’ Susan Archer that instead of watching the caucuses, “I’ll have to see if Curb Your Enthusiasm is on tonight.”

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