On July 9, just a few days after red, white, and blue blooded Americans celebrated the birth of America’s independence, two presidential front-runners chose the social network to spark early fireworks and ignite concerns about the State of the Union. Jeb Bush, the third generation of Bushes, chose Twitter-bate as his election platform in his run for presidency. The Texan sparked criticism over his comments on Americans seeking full-time jobs. The former Florida governor stated that,”people need to work longer hours and through productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we are going to get out of this rut we are in.” The rival’s comments served as rocket fuel as Democrats flocked to social media for immediate counter punches, including their leading Democratic contender Hillary Clinton. This the second attack that Clinton has grounded this week by Bush as she edges closer to the second phase in her historic campaign.
The challenger’s statement sparked an immediate fight over who better understands the American workers. Bush tweeted that, “workforce participation has to rise from its current lows.” In an instant retweet, Mrs.Clinton suggested that her challenger “get out more.” A DNC spokeswoman, Holly Shulman said in a statement that the comment “was one of the most out of touch comments heard so far this cycle.”She also said that ,”Bush would not fight for the middle class.”
The Texas front-runner later added that his comments were taken out of context. He clarified that “Clinton has not been listening to the concerns of Americans working part-time jobs, and his concerns were about the people struggling through the current anemic recovery.” The Houston native chose Twitter-bate as his platform early and the tight-fisted Democrats were ready. The front-runner said in a blog post that,”Hillary Clinton made it clear she disagrees with me. She thinks that the economy is doing just fine. She thinks American workers are doing fine.”
The Democratic hopeful did not hesitate to support her interests in the American workers and brandished a graph via Twitter from the Economic Policy Institute. The graph showed how sluggish wages fared over the last four decades. In a bullet response, Bush said in a subtweet that,”anyone who discounts 65 million people stuck in part-time work and seeking full-time jobs has not listened to working Americans.” Choosing Twitter-bate as their platforms could benefit both candidates especially Hillary Clinton, who logs into over 3.83 million followers to the Republican hopeful’s 224,000 followers on Twitter, but there is no way of knowing how many of the followers will rock the vote in 2016 elections.
The American worker issues that were tweeted by both parties will remain the focal points in the upcoming primaries. During Twitter-bate,Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who is Hillary Clinton’s challenger for the Democratic ballot, logged into his Twitter account and joined in on the squabble, tweeting,”Bush doesn’t understand what is happening in our economy today. Americans already work the longest hours in the western industrialized world.”
The issue on American workers and full-time hours was also included in a recent survey from Staples Advantage which showed that women would leave their jobs for higher salaries and challenging work. Men were likely to leave their jobs to find a stable business and a flexible work schedule, proving that Americans are not just searching for full-time jobs , they are hungry for opportunities that are just visibly deficient. Bush and Hillary Clinton chose Twitter-bate as their early platform because 236 million American Twitter users could possibly “hashtag” or “favorite” the contenders straight into the White House.
By Phillip Hernandez
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