Tonight, the presidential candidates came together for the last of the debates to discuss foreign policy. And while it was a busy evening with several events competing for viewers’ attention, the political conversation on Twitter remained strong with 6.5 million Tweets sent about the 90-minute debate this evening.
Specific moments generating the greatest volume of conversation throughout the night were:
- 105,767 TPM - 9:45pm EDT - Obama: “We also have fewer horses and bayonets”
- 102,339 TPM - 10:31pm EDT - Schieffer: “I think we all love teachers”
- 87,040 TPM - 9:58pm EDT - Romney on Obama’s “apology tour”
Now take a look at percentage of debate conversation broken out by topic:
- Foreign Policy - 54%
- The Economy - 20%
- Terrorism - 9% Taxes - 7%
- Energy and the Environment - 4%
As usual, influencers from both sides of the aisle were able to join the conversation on Twitter:
I think I can see why the American people are focused on the economy.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 23, 2012
And as we’ve seen throughout the big events during this election, parody accounts appeared almost instantly, capturing the debate zeitgeist in real-time:
Was that Joe Biden laughing #debate#BocaDebate
— Horses and Bayonets (@Horsesbayonette) October 23, 2012
Thus concludes this election’s presidential debates. Keep following @gov as we’ll have a lot more to share heading into election day.
Posted by Adam Sharp (@AdamS)
Head of Government, News & Social Innovation