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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Rep. Bob Gibbs (R) @RepBobGibbs

Released #Guantanmo priosoners are rejoining terrorist groups, making us less secure. #SOTU http://t.co/BKavRZkvvU

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Rep Robert Pittenger (R) @reppittenger

What grew American has been open opportunity and the President just doesn’t get it. #SOTU

Xavier Becerra (D) @RepBecerra

How I did on Twitter this week: 34 Mentions, 79.4K Mention Reach, 89 Retweets. How'd your week go? via http://t.co/CwJELF6xaw

Ed Perlmutter (D) @Ed4Colorado

RT @TheOnion: Dad Delivers State Of The Union Rebuttal Directly Into Television Screen http://t.co/DFWlpVv6RQ #SOTU http://t.co/6zBWmqVTYw

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Rep. Scott Peters (D) @RepScottPeters

Today is my first day as a member of the @HouseJudiciary committee. Looking

Chris Murphy (D) @ChrisMurphyCT

A quality education is essential to succeeding in today’s competitive global economy #SOTU #FreeCommunityCollege http://t.co/dfEa3vLIQv

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D) @keithellison

RT @maher025: @keithellison sir i respect u, but how in the world does closin gitmo make the #USA a safer $ secure country. PLEASE ADVISE ME #keithellison

Terry McAuliffe (D) @GovernorVA

Disappointed to see party line vote defeat ethics reform commission's proposal to ban fundraising in special session. A session is a session

Office of Gov Abbott (R) @GovAbbott

Celebrating the future of Texas. Thank you to the many Texans who made it possible. http://t.co/rKCR7b41Mu

Adam Schiff (D) @RepAdamSchiff

Will be talking with @maddow and @hardball_chris on MSNBC at 11:30 pm EST/8:30 pm EST about the President's #SOTU speech.

Scott Walker (R) @ScottWalker

RT @jameshohmann: Scott Walker is 1st 2016 GOP candidate with a statement, which calls Obama a lame-duck and says the future lies with leaders in the states.

Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D) @RepTerriSewell

RT @CQnow: Before the speech, #POTUS met briefly with 105-yr-old civil rights figure Amelia Boynton, who was the guest of @RepTerriSewell #CQonSOTU

Congressmember Bass (D) @RepKarenBass

I'm beginning my #SOTU telephone town for constituents shortly. What did you think of President Obama's speech tonight?

Luke Messer (R) @LukeMesserIN

Here is the Republican response to the State of the Union. #SOTU http://t.co/yA3Ua16j8C

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Bill Johnson (R) @JohnsonLeads

What is the Presidents plan for terrorists? We have not seen force or a plan behind this... #SOTU

Maxine Waters (D) @MaxineWaters

President Obama right on when he says lobbyists have riddled the tax code with loopholes that let some corporations pay zero. #SOTU

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