Politwoops Deleted Tweets from Politicians

An archive of the public statements deleted by U.S. politicians. Explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn't see.

To meet the Twitter API Terms of Service, all deleted tweets shown here since June 22, 2012 have been reviewed and approved by the Sunlight Foundation.

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John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Joining "Voices of #Montana" this AM previewing my visit to Big Sky Country - listen live: http://t.co/qoBt4PwH #MTSen

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Jim Himes (D) @jahimes

Voting is key obligation/right of Americans. My opponent @SteveObsitnik never voted in district he would rep. Read: http://t.co/Y75sUKY1

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) @RosLehtinen

Media love American swimming from Cuba 2 US. Covering the beatings of Ladies in White in Cuba? Not so much! She says "Courage". Baloney.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) @RosLehtinen

Media love 2 cover Nyad's swim from Cuba 2 US but the beatings against Damas de Blanco? Not so much. Nyad say "courage" 2 herself. Really?!

Barack Obama (D) @BarackObama

Keep making history—get registered today: http://t.co/6bruRWRw, http://t.co/MIr7S8nm

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Jim Himes (D) @jahimes

Let's do that. Let's start w/why u've never even bothered to vote in CT til u decided to run“@SteveObsitnik:Let's talk record and results.”

Jim Himes (D) @jahimes

Time to meet .@SteveObsitnik. Bragged about moving jobs from CT to NY, never voted in CT until he decided to run for Congress. #doesntcare

Rep. Jim McGovern (D) @RepMcGovern

Hardwick Fair...oldest fair in the nation! http://t.co/fRe2snzu

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ChuckGrassley (R) @ChuckGrassley

RT @tinybaby: @ChuckGrassley i remember a time when people were proud to have the President visit their establishment

Chaka Fattah (D) @chakafattah

RT @NBCNews: Stocks close Friday near fresh four-year high http://t.co/TzrrhxtT

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D) @keithellison

Was MA 47th in job creation under Governor Romney?

Rep. Keith Ellison (D) @keithellison

RT @SplitRomney: Hey @keithellison! What Paul Ryan and I may or may not have said repeatedly on video and in op-eds have NOTHING to do with this election!

Kirsten Gillibrand (D) @SenGillibrand

Lk fwd to joining @CecileRichards @TheTinaBeast & others on @NowWithAlex on Mon to discuss the need for more women in power #offthesidelines

Paul Tonko (D) @RepPaulTonko

And special thx to staff who help put it on http://t.co/Y3aIyIJg

Paul Tonko (D) @RepPaulTonko

And special thx to staff who put it on http://t.co/VY3xZsdA

Paul Tonko (D) @RepPaulTonko

And a special thx to all the hardworking staff http://t.co/xlABEbtq

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) @RepReneeEllmers

Just what America needs now: ""We will not replace our founding principles, we will reapply them." - @RepPaulRyan

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On June 3, 2015, the Sunlight Foundation received word from Twitter that it was pulling the plug on Politwoops, reversing an agreement made in 2012 that allowed us to run the project using its API. The last deletions we have archived are from May 15, 2015. Please read our 'Eulogy for Politwoops' for more detail.

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