Using Twitter to follow the political debates

Monday, 16 January 2012

As the primaries roll on, so do the political conversations on Twitter. If you want to be the first to hear what’s happening on the campaign trail as it unfolds in real time, here’s a list of accounts we suggest you follow to get in the middle of the action.

Getting the latest information and commentary by following candidates, pundits, journalists and other voters is one of the best ways to stay informed. And there’s another way to make your voice heard on Twitter, particularly during debates. Twitter gives everyone equal and unprecedented access to many of the most influential players in the election. And we know that when you tweet, they listen.

Tomorrow night, at the Fox News Republican debate in South Carolina, your Tweets will let host Bret Baier, on-air analysts, viewers and candidates themselves know your thoughts during the evening.

We’ve been through this before — so here’s a reminder of how you can have your say:

  • When a candidate answers a question, tweet that person’s name with #answer (if you think they answered the question) or #dodge (if you think they, well, dodged it).

To further join the conversation, include the debate’s official hashtag (#scdebate) in your Tweets, or search for that hashtag on to see what everyone else is saying.