Supporters of President Barack Obama in Miramar, Fla., watch the second televised debate between Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Obama.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s response to an audience-prompted question regarding immigration generated 109,560 tweets per minute, the highest rate in Tuesday’s presidential debate, according to a Twitter report. The flurry of tweets, which at some points slowed the site’s servers, indicated that viewers were eager for the candidates to address an issue up to then largely ignored.
The Republican challenger’s response championed for what he called a more “streamlined” approach for processes that would lead to permanent residency for undocumeted youth. He also reiterated statements often made on the campaign trail that he would not grant amnesty to those who are here illegally.
Romney also challenged President Obama on his failure to pass an immigration-reform bill in his first year as chief executive, asking, “Why did he fail to even promote legislation that would have provided an answer for those that want to come here legally and for those that are here illegally today?”
Obama fired back, bringing up the governor’s past, more-conservative stance on immigration, including his intention to veto the Dream Act and the offhand remark that he hoped illegal immigrants would “self-deport” back to their home countries.
Here’s a sampling of what viewers were firing back in response on Twitter.