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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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) @RosLehtinen

@PaulRyanVP is a gr8 selection 4 @mittromney: practical, economy expert, works hard on fixing nation http://t.co/StTb77eX

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Olson & Staff (R) @RepPeteOlson

No better choice than this team of Gov. Romney & Rep. Paul Ryan to tackle challenges America faces and put US back on a path to prosperity!

Rick Santorum (R) @RickSantorum

Apologies for broken link on last tweet. Click here for my Obamanomics article at Redstate: http://t.co/KBw9I54m

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CathyMcMorrisRodgers (R) @cathymcmorris

@Matt_Romney Saw you on TV Sat. standing next to our outstanding VP pick, Paul Ryan. Thanks for making the trip to Spokane last week. #VP

Senator Rand Paul (R) @RandPaul

Obama's comments dismissing individual achievement were an insult to generations of Americans: "You Didn't Build That" http://t.co/U0nJBhh0

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John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

I'm proud to endorse Ben Quayle for Congress in #AZ06 - Ben represents the next generation of leadership for #Arizona http://t.co/5O8eIaIx

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John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Headed to #Utah to campaign for rising GOP star @MiaBLove. Learn more about Mia: http://t.co/zQYqoi8p #UT04

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John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Headed to beautiful #Montana today to support @DennyRehberg for Senate #MTSen

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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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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