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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US Rep. Mike Turner (R) @RepMikeTurner

Congratulations to my colleague @RepPaulRyan. He is a serious pick.

Jim Inhofe (R) @jiminhofe

@MittRomney pick of @PaulRyanVP is excellent. Their ticket will bring solutions to our country's fiscal problems.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) @RepReneeEllmers

I applaud the great VP choice @MittRomney made in principled conservative and American success story @RepPaulRyan.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) @RepReneeEllmers

"Proud to stand with a man who understands....who knows from experience, that if you have a small business—you DID Build That" - Paul Ryan

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) @RepReneeEllmers

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

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) @RepReneeEllmers

RT @ChuckGrassley: I'm very happy w Ryan as VP nominee he is an intellectual heavyweight most important he advocates well fiscal conservatism

Virginia Foxx (R) @virginiafoxx

It's not every day that the House's best & brightest .@RepPaulRyan is drafted to help lead America's comeback. Best of: http://t.co/bOTDIHQN

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Virginia Foxx (R) @virginiafoxx

Until today w/ .@RepPaulRyan, a sitting Representative hadn't been tapped to join a Presidential ticket since 1984.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) @RepReneeEllmers

RT @virginiafoxx: It's not every day that the House's best & brightest .@RepPaulRyan is drafted to help lead America's comeback. Best of: http://t.co/bOTDIHQN

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) @RosLehtinen

Ryan's an inspired choice cause he has plan 2 save our economy http://t.co/StTb77eX

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