Obama-Romney: Middle Class Voters All a-Twitter

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Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at SeaGate Convention Centre as a national debt clock runs in the background on Sept. 26, 2012 in Toledo, Ohio.

“The middle class has been crushed in the @BarackObama economy,” Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign writes on Twitter today. “We #CantAfford4More”

It draws followers to the new Web Video: “Couldn’t Say it Better” — featuring Vice President Joe Biden saying what the Romney campaign has been saying for a long time: The middle class has been “buried” the last four years. (Biden went on to clarify that it was the previous administration’s policies that did the digging, with the Obama campaign maintaining that Romney proposes more of where George W. Bush went wrong.)

“The Obama economy has crushed the middle class—with more than 23 million Americans struggling for work,” Romney writes in his Twitter message.

Obama will be “talking about middle income security” at the first of the presidential debates tonight, Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, says in one of the Obama campaign’s latest Twitter messages. It invites followers to a campaign-sponsored fact-checking of tonight’s debate, starting at 9 pm EDT.

“He’ll say he’s going to cut the deficit — please,” Cutter says of Romney.

Obama inherited two wars that weren’t paid for, and an economic collapse, she says.

“Romney says with a straight face his $5 trillion tax plan won’t increase the deficit,” Cutter says. “Let’s see if Mitt Romney finds some time tonight” to explain the details of how he’ll cut taxes without hitting the middle class. “How much do you want to bet Mitt Romney will tell us he is going to create 12 million jobs?”

“We’ll be monitoring every word,” Cutter says, inviting people to log on whenever they hear “lies.”

The audience for this sort of material is pretty big. On Twitter, the president has about 20 million followers, Romney more than one million.

Still the audience for tonight’s debates should be much bigger.

The Web appeals from camp Obama:

And from camp Romney:

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