Ron Paul has made much play of the attraction of his policies to younger voters and he made a creditable showing in yesterday's Iowa caucus, coming in third place after Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, with 21.4% of the vote.
But a Twitter snafu after the positive vote and the Texas Congressman's reaction to it during a TV interview on CNN this morning cast doubt on the so-called “youth credentials” Paul is touting as one of his key selling points.
Huntsman didn't take part in the Iowa caucus, preferring to concentrate on next week's New Hampshire vote, but a slightly snarky and some might say unnecessary post on Paul's verified Twitter account last night called out Huntsman as follows: @jonhuntsman we found your one Iowa voter, he's in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks.
When questioned by Soledad O'Brien, host of CNN's new morning Starting Point slot, Paul admitted he gets help with his tweeting and gave every indication of being someone who didn't have a clue what Twitter was about and how significant it can be as a communications tool.
Paul responded to O'Brien: “I don't understand why this is an important issue or what it means. Jon Huntsman wasn't even in the campaign so I'm not sure the importance of what you're talking about. It just seems to be irrelevant to me.”
Precisely – so why tweet about it on your official account? Twitter does matter and is an important communications tool, especially amongst young people.
This casts doubt on a recent study from consultancy Sociagility, which suggested Ron Paul - or his people - are using social media most effectively to support his Presidential candidacy.