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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Sen. John Thune (R)

Senator John Thune (R) @SenJohnThune

RT @petermaercbs: Sen. John Thune (R-SD): "We have twittled our thumbs for month after month after month... now we're sitting here on New Year's Eve.

Senator John Thune (R) @SenJohnThune

RT @SunlenMiller: Frusterated Sen.Thune on the Senate floor:"can we not let this happen again?...we ought to function like the US Senate used to function."

Senator John Thune (R) @SenJohnThune

RT @ChadPergram: Thune: I just find it hard to sit and listen and wring there hands saying gee wiz I hope we get something done today when. #fiscalcliff

Senator John Thune (R) @SenJohnThune

RT @markknoller: Thune says even if Pres Obama gets all the tax increases he wants, it would fund the govt for less than a week.

Senator John Thune (R) @SenJohnThune

RT @markknoller: "Government doesn't tax too little," Thune tells Senate, "it spends too much."

Senator John Thune (R) @SenJohnThune

(2/2) Tom served as a constant example of what it means to walk w/ integrity. I'll always be grateful to him for that. Happy retirement Tom.

Senator John Thune (R) @SenJohnThune

(1/2) Saw Tom Osborne today. We became good friends while serving in Congress. Tom became a mentor to me, like he has to countless others.

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