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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JeffFortenberry (R) @JeffFortenberry

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Unfortunately... http://t.co/sTqN0mus

John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Also met with Mongolian Defense Minister Luvsanvandan Bold today #Halifax2011

Justin Amash (R) @justinamash

The August budget deal, which I opposed, raised the debt ceiling by more than $2 trillion and cut essentially... http://t.co/nbRj63hY

John Shimkus (R) @RepShimkus

@RepShimkus Congressman, I ended up chasing breaking news - so look for the interview tomorrow morning from 4:30-7am. Thank you!

Senator Roy Blunt (R) @RoyBlunt

Great to see news @JohnDeere Reman is opening new facilities in Stafford that will create nearly 60 new jobs. http://t.co/cduPn4OI

Peter Roskam (R) @PeterRoskam

We need Pres. Obama to sign more bills #4jobs like this one today: http://t.co/bNJslWYe #commonground

Rep David Schweikert (R) @RepDavid

PHOTO: Thanks to @JeffFlake for visiting our #FountainHills GOP meeting this weekend. http://t.co/GeGN4b3T #azGOP #AZ05

John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Great to meet @arobles125 today - #ASU's own 2011 NCAA Champion. He's an inspiration! http://t.co/ru8k16xz http://t.co/jJIKI7vG

Senator Pat Toomey (R) @SenToomey

This last weekend, I delivered the Weekly Republican Address. To hear my address, watch here: http://t.co/WwjoFGMm

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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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