Twitter prepares for presidential debate Round 1: Obama vs. Romney, as told by Twitter Aaron Hutchins October 3, 2012 Follow @hutchins_aaron Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email 11 [<a href=”http://storify.com/MacleansMag/twitter-prepares-for-u-s-presidential-debate” target=”_blank”>View the story “Twitter prepares for U.S. presidential debate” on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>Twitter prepares for U.S. presidential debate</h1> <h2></h2> <p>Storified by Maclean’s Magazine &middot; Wed, Oct 03 2012 04:23:36</p> <div>Tonight marks the first U.S. presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Two national polls released this week from Washington Post/ABC and Politico/George Washington University suggest the race is tighter than many initially thought.</div> <div>New @ABC/@WashingtonPost Poll: Obama – 49% / Romney – 47% #ABCWorldNewsABC World News</div> <div>As we begin the last full month of the presidential race, two national polls show it neck and neck – 49-47.Gregg Nunziata</div> <div>Even in key battlegrounds, the lead is not insurmountable for Romney.</div> <div>PPP on Ohio: Obama 49, Romney 45: http://politi.co/SwuF0nPOLITICO</div> <div>This makes the opening debates that much more important. And, of course, both parties are trying to rally the troops to support their candidate.</div> <div>Get Barack’s back in tomorrow night’s debate—join a watch party in your neighborhood: http://OFA.BO/akC9rWMichelle Obama</div> <div>Mitt Romney announces support of ex-Broncos QB John Elway. First debate is in DenverOn Politics</div> <div>In preparation for the the first debate of three, The New York Times reported that Romney’s team has been working on “zingers” or one-liners to create memorable sound bites. Upon learning this news, some jumped on board to help give Romney some tips.</div> <div>A zinger for Romney to say to Obama on Wed: In 2008 you ran on &quot;Yes We Can&quot;, in 2012 you’re running on &quot;Well, nobody could have&quot; #hashoutLiddy Huntsman</div> <div>If Obama mentions Mitt’s tax returns in tomorrow’s debate then Mitt should immediately ask for Obama’s college records &amp; applicationsDonald J. Trump</div> <div>Though some zingers were more sarcastic.</div> <div>A priest &amp; a rabbi go into a bar. It is a homosexual bar. They fall in love &amp; get married. Because of Barack Obama. Zing! #TheDailyShowMindy Benson</div> <div>I do look forward to Mitt Romney’s well-rehearsed debate zinger that goes, &quot;More like BaBLACK Obama, am I right?&quot;Bruce Arthur</div> <div>And even more jokesters took to Twitter to tease how Romney needs to polish his spontaneous comebacks.</div> <div>The best will be when Romney asks the moderator if he can deliver a zinger.Gerry Duggan</div> <div>Note to Mitt: now that you’ve leaked your zinger plan, don’t compound it by using &quot;zinger&quot; to set up your zinger.Arianna Huffington</div> <div>Mitt Romney yelling &quot;Boom!&quot; after each debate zinger will also serve as an explanation of his foreign policy regarding Iran.Indecision</div> <div>Hi @BarackObama. Romney is preparing &quot;zingers&quot; for the debate. I’m offering you a 10-pack of my &quot;guaranteed comebacks&quot; for $300.Todd Barry</div> <div>Like most debates, this one could be a game-changer, as ABC reports as many as 50 million people could watch. Another first for this year is both YouTube and XBOX Live plan to stream the debates live online.</div> <div>LIVE TONIGHT AT 9PM ET: Obama &amp; Romney square off at the first presidential #debate from Denver http://goo.gl/EUjcRYouTube</div> <div>Whatever the result of the opening debate, Twitter will be sure to have more zingers to come before election day: November 6.</div> <p> Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Filed under: U.S. POLITICS 2012 Advertisement About this author Aaron Hutchins Macleans.ca editor Aaron Hutchins writes about business, culture and the lives of Canadians. He once wrote a story about One Direction too, which makes him the resident boy band expert (reluctantly). Other articles The good and bad of boredom Last call for bartenders All articles Advertisement Post navigation Previous Canada’s bombing mission over by Feb. 22; training mission to triple Next Read the best we have to offer with the new Maclean’s app.