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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
539 Days Until Election Day 2016It's Tuesday, May 19, 2015, I'm Gabe Fleisher for Wake Up To Politics, and reporting from WUTP world HQ in my bedroom - Good morning: THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!
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White House Watch
- The Rundown: Welcome to Twitter, Mr. President Obama joined Twitter Monday, with the account @POTUS. Here’s a rundown of what to know:
- First Tweet “Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.”
- Twitter Bio Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States. Tweets may be archived:http://wh.gov/privacy .
- Following 65 accounts, including his alma maters, Chicago sports teams, Cabinet-level departments and secretaries, the former Presidents, as well as the First Lady, Vice President, and other White House accounts. Not @WakeUp2Politics (yet)
- Followers 1.73 million at press time. The account amassed 1 million followers in 4½ hours. For comparison, the Guinness World Record for “Fastest time to reach one million followers on Twitter” was previously Robert Downey, Jr.’s 23 hours.
- Who’s Pushing the Buttons As opposed to accounts like @WhiteHouse and @BarackObama, the White House says tweets from @POTUS are exclusively from President Obama. And to prove it, they released a video showing him sending his first tweet via his phone.
- Who Gets It Next @BillClinton tweeted this question Monday: “Welcome to @Twitter, @POTUS! One question: Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend”
- @POTUS responded: “Good question, @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?”
- Hahaha. But, yes, according to the White House, @POTUS will be transferred to the next President. Obama’s joke notwithstanding: If that is Hillary Clinton, would @BillClinton become @FGOTUS (First Gentleman of the United States)???
Capitol Hill News
- Calls for Guinta to Resign Amid Contributions from His Parents Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) accepted illegal campaign contributions from his parents, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) found last week, disputing his claim that the money was his.
- Guinta must refund his parents for the full $355,000 contribution and pay a $15,000 fine; in wake of these punishments, calls for Guinta to resign are ramping up, even from fellow Republicans.
- Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), the highest-ranking Republican in the state, told WMUR-TV Monday that, “This is a decision he needs to make, but if I were in his position, that’s what I would do [resign]. I told him that this what I believe was the right step to do. Obviously he needs to fully account to people in New Hampshire most of all.”
- Guinta, who has apologized for his wrongdoing, responded with a statement making clear he would not resign: “I understand Senator Ayotte’s disappointment with this issue, I share in that frustration. I have been proactive in showing the documentation proving the assets in question were mine. I have apologized for the error on my part, made myself available for press inquiries and attended several events over the weekend. I will continue to meet with, listen to and serve Granite Staters of the First Congressional District.”
- Ayotte’s bruising words come after a six-word editorial that ran in the New Hampshire Union Leader, an influential conservative newspaper, Friday: “Frank Guinta is a damned liar”.
- That’s never good to hear.
- Jindal Forms Presidential Exploratory Committee Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) announced Monday that he was forming an exploratory committee to look into the possibility of a 2016 White House run.
- Although it has been bypassed by many candidates this cycle, an exploratory committee is seen as a big step towards a presidential bid; Jindal says he will not announce whether he’s running or not until the Louisiana legislative session ends on June 11.
- Jindal was first elected as governor in 2008. A rising star at the time, he was 36 years old: then the youngest governor in the country and the first Indian-American governor in U.S. history. Then, in 2009, he was given a chance at fame: the GOP rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address, which almost everyone agreed Jindal did horribly on.
- Now, with his approval ratings at home below 30%, and polling very poorly in a 2016 presidential primary, Jindal has been suffering lately. To turn these numbers around, a group affiliated with Jindal will begin airing ads in Iowa today, some of the first of this campaign.
- “If I run [for President],” Jindal said Monday. “My candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction. Not a course correction, but a dramatically different path.”