From Big Bird to the Deficit, First Debate Takes Twitter By Storm


By EMILY DERUY

Gone are the days when families gathered around the radio to listen to reporters and political pundits dissect the presidential debates.

Social media such as Twitter and Facebook now allow viewers to be more than that; they allow people to react to candidate remarks in real time. The gist is that voters of all political persuasions have the chance to contribute to the discourse in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election.

Wednesday night's presidential debate marked the first time President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have gone head-to-head as candidates, and the meeting generated plenty of buzz online. From the outrageous to the pragmatic, we've curated some of the best tweets below.

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