Twitter Wars: Who's Battling Who on Twitter?

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Social media ventures like Twitter and Facebook have given leaders a new platform to campaign, complain and -- best of all -- fight. In light of Karl Rove and Claire McCaskill's recent Twitter tiff, we break down some recent Twitter feuds from Capitol Hill and the campaign trail.

Crash Landing

Karl Rove vs. Claire McCaskill

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., tweeted this 10 days after Republican strategist Karl Rove began a million-dollar ad campaign attacking her support of the federal stimulus program and bank bailout, and raising the nation's debt limit:

"Just gave Karl Rove a wave & friendly hi in St Louis airport. Even tho he's up on TV distorting my record, still wanted to show good manners."

An hour later, Rove shot back:

"Saw @clairecmc @ St Louis airport - she waved but wasn't happy. Must be @crossroadsgps ads on her bad votes/broken promises 2 cut spending."

Tweeting Off Track

Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom vs. Obama advisor David Axelrod

Referring to a quote by an aide to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a Wall Street Journal article, President Obama's 2012 campaign advisor, David Axelrod, tweeted of the Republican presidential candidate:

"Romney does it again! Turns 'cut, cap and balance' into 'punt, pass and kick' by refusing to commit to numbers."

Romney's senior advisor, Eric Fehrnstrom, shot back:

"It's too bad President Obama isn't as good at creating jobs as @davidaxelrod is at creating diversions."

Read up on the candidates' positions on the debt ceiling HERE.

Trick or Tweet

Tim Pawlenty vs. Conan O'Brien

Comedian Conan O'Brien tweeted about Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor:

"Is it too early to predict that Tim Pawlenty will not be a popular Halloween costume?"

Pawlenty fired back with a not so "Minnesota nice" reply:

"@ConanOBrien Wait until I unveil my Team Coco wig then everyone will want the costume. It might even deliver IA for me #ginger #iacaucus"

Town Hall Ambush

John Boehner vs. President Obama

On the day of a "Twitter Town Hall," President Obama addressed questions about jobs from people who tweeted #AskObama.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, took this as an opportunity to take a jab at the president, tweeting:

"Will you outline a plan #4jobs - other than more spending - for the American people? http://bit.ly/jr7prr #askobama GOP plan: jobs.gop.gov."

Later, the speaker tweeted:

"With 9.1% unemployment & 'shovel ready' jobs a bust, will you admit the 'stimulus' was a mistake? http://bit.ly/oTK17f #askobama," and, "Republicans #askobama to outline plan #4jobs that doesn't involve more spending, taxing, regulating http://j.mp/o1bpzE @townhall."

Boehner does not personally do the tweeting for his account. It's handled by staff.

Spokesmen Spar

Brendan Buck vs. Dan Pfeiffer

The debt debate has the spokesmen all riled up.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer recently tweeted:

"Cut, Cap and Balance = Duck, Dodge, and Dismantle. Would put into the Constitution the Ryan Plan on steroids."

Brendan Buck, an aide to House Speaker John Boehner, replied:

"So, @Pfeiffer44, we're dismantling govt spending, but still dodging spending cuts? Fail."

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