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May 27th, 2011

The 2012 YouTube Campaign

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Written by: Craig Robinson

YouTube and social media sites like FaceBook and Twitter have changed the political landscape.  In 2008, Mitt Romney’s previous statements on issues and other public figures were distributed widely via these new social media sites.  It created an environment where Romney was caught contradicting himself on a regular basis. 

The 2012 campaign will be no different, but Romney will not be alone.  Other candidates are already seeing their previous statements being used against themselves. Below are two recent YouTube videos that illustrate how what a candidate said a few years ago can come back to haunt them. One on Jon Huntsman, and the other on Tim Pawlenty.

Jon Huntsman

Tim Pawlenty

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson serves as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheIowaRepublican.com. Prior to founding Iowa's largest conservative news site, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. In that capacity, Robinson planned and organized the largest political event in 2007, the Iowa Straw Poll, in Ames, Iowa. Robinson also organized the 2008 Republican caucuses in Iowa, and was later dispatched to Nevada to help with the caucuses there. Robinson cut his teeth in Iowa politics during the 2000 caucus campaign of businessman Steve Forbes and has been involved with most major campaigns in the state since then. His extensive political background and rolodex give him a unique perspective from which to monitor the political pulse of Iowa.




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