Newspapers are front and center in the early part of the day with the Des Moines Register headlines generating some Twitter interest as well as the Detroit News endorsement of Mitt Romney.
Also prominent on Twitter on Thursday morning: Donald Trump’s “October surprise” will be tied to Romney throughout the rest of the campaign if tweets are any measure, and reaction is building quickly on Twitter after President Barack Obama calls Romney an expletive in a Rolling Stone interview.
The Detroit News goes for Romney and then tweets a defense of its endorsement:
“For people questioning our endorsement: If there were a time to support Obama, it would've been in Hope & Change election of 2008, not now.”
Bret Baier of Fox News on the Des Moines Register front page on Thursday, which had side-by-side headlines with respective photos: “OBAMA SHARPENS CRITICISM” AND “ROMNEY EXPRESSES OPTIMISM” as both candidates campaigned there on Wednesday:
“That is quite a front page contrast in a tight swing state - I guess they didn't like the off the record back and forth”
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on the same front page:
“Had a great day in IA yesterday – check out the front pg of the Des Moines Register today. Says it all !”
Reaction to Obama calling Romney an expletive in Rolling Stone began to hit Twitter mid-Thursday morning:
Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, tweeted:
“We all expect our Pres to act presidential no matter what the party. Saying @MittRomney is a "BSer" is not presidential and quite wrong.”
And former White House Ari Fleischer weighed in:
“In '92 media went hard after Bush 41 for calling Clinton "bozo". Let's see what they do re O calling Romn a "bullshi**er".”
Byron York of the Washington Examiner looks at the vote breakdown:
“Campaign relying on 'women, youth, African American and Latino, groups that favor president strongly,' says top Obama aide Messina.”
“With no '08-style Obamamania, Obama path to OH victory lies totally with early voting among friendly constituencies.”
- (@Byron York)
Every single move on the campaign trail will be dissected and commented on, as Yahoo! News political reporter Chris Moody does here:
“Obama’s booklet slipped off his lectern in Tampa. ‘Where’s my plan? Oh, it dropped. I couldn’t find my plan.’ Picks it up and shows crowd.”
Stories about Donald Trump and Richard Mourdock continued to spill into news cycles on Thursday and on Twitter too, as Democrats try to tie both to Romney.
Paul Begala, a former Bill Clinton aide and current adviser to a pro-Obama Super PAC , tweeted:
“If Mitt can't stand up to Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh & Richard Mourdock, how can he stand up to Ahmadinejad?”
Along the same line, Philip Klein, editorial writer for the Washington Examiner, tweeted:
“Debates helped Romney bc he could break thru media filter, but now at mercy of biased media. See choice to cover Mourdock over Libya emails.”
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