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Twitter Links Mitt Romney to Rep. Todd Akin

by Jane Susskind, published

After the highly controversial "legitimate rape" comments made by Rep. Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have made a conscious effort to distance themselves from the Republican Representative, calling for Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race. According to Twitter, however, their attempts are futile, as users on Twitter increasingly link Romney to Akin:

"Akin is one of the top 10 topics people are talking about when they tweet about Romney on Tuesday, according to PoliPulse, a social media monitoring tool from the PR firm Powell Tate," The Hill's Twitter Room reports.

As of 3 p.m. PST, Akin was ranked second as Romney's key topics, meaning that after Paul Ryan, it is the most talked about subject relating to Romney's name on Twitter.

Using just one word, "Awesome", former Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod linked to this Los Angeles Times article on Twitter. The article suggests that the doctor behind Rep. Todd Akin's was an "important surrogate" for Romney's 2008 presidential bid.

Other tweets linking Romney to Akin include:

https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew/status/238020455326420992

https://twitter.com/SteveDeaceShow/status/238011616380190720

https://twitter.com/BenjySarlin/status/238004441087881216

https://twitter.com/BorowitzReport/status/237990610370433024

https://twitter.com/1eyeking/status/236220157968658432

 

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