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The most tweeted moment of Tuesday night’s presidential debate had nothing to do with Mitt Romney’s newly coined phrase “binders full of women.”
According to Twitter’s government and politics team, the moment that generated the highest amount of tweets was an audience question to Romney about immigration. That question led to a total of 109,560 tweets per minute.
(Interestingly, the Pew Research Center recently found that Hispanic users rank as the second most active race on Twitter, with 14% using the social networking site on any given day, second only to African-Americans at 28%.)
Coming in second was President Obama’s telling Romney: “You’re the last person to get tough on China.” That spurred 108,619 tweets per minute.
Meanwhile, Romney’s response to a tax rates question was the third most-talked-about moment on Twitter, leading to 107,386 tweets per minute.
Overall, there were 7.2 million tweets sent during the 90-minute debate, moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley and held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Among debate-related tweets, the economy was the most-talked-about topic Tuesday night, with 28 percent of tweets sent.
Taxes accounted for 17 percent of tweets, followed by foreign policy (16 percent), energy and the environment (13 percent) and immigration (8 percent).
Meanwhile, #bindersfullofwomen became a trending topic and even spurred new accounts with such names as @RomneysBinder, @RomneyBinder and @Romneys_Binder.
“Mind the Binders,” “Candy Crowley” and “Libya” also were among the top 10 trends on Twitter, as was the promoted trend #FightForJobs.
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