Obama's Twitter Town Hall On Jobs Crashed By House Republicans
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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are crashing President Barack Obama's Twitter Town Hall on Wednesday by flooding the event with questions of their own about what they're calling his "failed" economic policies.
Hours ahead of Obama's first-ever Twitter event, during which he will answer questions from people around the country on jobs and the economy, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) launched a live stream feed of GOP questions for the president.
"With 9.1% unemployment & 'shovel ready' jobs a bust, will you admit the 'stimulus' was a mistake? http://bit.ly/oTK17f #askobama," Boehner tweeted.
Several high-level House Republicans piled their questions into the feed throughout the morning and will continue to do so throughout Obama's event, which starts at 2 p.m EST. The White House has been publicizing the event for more than a week and telling people to reference "#askobama" when pitching their Twitter questions to the president. Republicans are now pouncing on that hashtag.
"Reducing spending, creating jobs and reinvigorating our economy are what #HouseGOP are focused on, what about the administration? #askobama," tweeted Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.).
"#AskObama Senate hasn't passed a budget in 798 days. House passed plan 2 lift debt&spur job creation–what is your jobs plan?" Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tweeted.
Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) joined in, writing, "#AskObama: how are your job-crushing #regulations helping #smallbiz owners like Neil? VIDEO: http://bit.ly/kSU6UI #4jobs."
The House GOP Conference is recruiting others in the Twittersphere to ask Obama tough questions about jobs and to retweet messages that reflect their frustrations with his policies.
Republicans are also using the event to direct Twitter followers to their own GOP jobs plan, at jobs.GOP.gov.
"We're excited the President is taking questions on jobs and the economy," Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck told The Huffington Post. "He's got a lot of questions to answer -- starting with, 'Where are the jobs?'"
WATCH: President Obama's Twitter Town Hall will stream live beginning at 2 p.m. EST.
See below for a sampling of GOP tweets ahead of the Twitter Town Hall: