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:
Wow, Todd Akin says to Mitt Romney:"Why couldn't he run his race and I run mine?"
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 21, 2012
Here's the good news: if you don't like @MittRomney demanding Akin get out of the race, you know he could always change his mind.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) August 21, 2012
Mitt Romney is like the thunder to GOP establishment's lightning on Akin — always echoes a few hours later
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) August 21, 2012
— Damon A. Jones (@1eyeking) August 16, 2012