Is This TV News’s First Twitterview?

George_3.17.jpgWith only 140 characters to ask and answer a question there is little a politician can do to filibuster during an interviewer’s questions. Such was the case this afternoon as ABC’s George Stephanopoulos conducted the network’s first Twitterview. The Twitterviewee: Sen. John McCain.

The questions ranged from AIG to foreign threats to Sen. McCain’s daughter. And, again, with only 140 characters, there’s very little depth here.

Here is the twanscript from the Twitterview… with most recent Tweets first.

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: Thanks a lot george, let’s do it again soon. now i look forward to reading our followers comments and insults.

GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain: Thanks for your time Senator.You’re a good sport I know I’m not getting anymore on Coulter and Ingraham Happy St Pat’s again

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: like any family we agree on some things and disagree on others.

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: I’m proud of my daughter and she has a right to her opinions.

GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain: Lots of twitterers want to know: what do you think of Meghans’s feud with Coulter and Ingraham?

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: too early to draw that conclusion.

GStephanopoulos @SenJohMcCain: Cheney said on CNN that Obama putting US at risk of new terror attack Agree?

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: both. the challenges are different but both significant.

GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain: What worries you more: Pakistan or Iran?

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: I’m working with others on alternatives – cong paul ryan has some great ideas.

GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain: Take point on 1st AIG bailout How about budget? Will you offer alternative?

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: to follow up – first AIG bailout was pre-tarp.

GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain: Obama says GOP can’t “just say no” on budget Will you offer a full alternative to Obama budget?

SenJohnMcCain: i voted for first tarp but that doesn’t mean i voted to bail out AIG.

GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain: RIght, but didn’t you vote for first TARP, which went to AIG?

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: i haven’t seen it but i would explore every option. I repeat, we wouldn’t have this problem if we hadn’t bailed them out

GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain: ok, but today: should bonus contracts be broken? Dodd wants a targeted tax on bonuses OK with that?

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: i would have never bailed out AIG, the real scandal is billions to foreign banks.

GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain: AIG: Would a President McCain break bonus contracts? Obama teams says that would cause more harm than good

SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos: Happy St. Patrick’s day – slow, sometimes pc somtimes bb

SenJohnMcCain: Happy St. Patricks day

SenJohnMcCain: both, usually pc sometimes bb.

SenJohnMcCain: hi george im a little slow

GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain: Happy St Patrick’s Day! First things first: How do u tweet — dictate or type? Blackberry or pc?

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A few comments from followers after the jump…

Paulcrupi twitter “@GStephanopoulos and @SenJohnMcCain Great interview, lots of fun to follow. Thank you both.”

jesmith81 twitter “@GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain Great work! How’s that for a comment and NOT an insult? :)”

leeschneider twitter “@GStephanopoulos @SenJohnMcCain Nice interview”

TBRYANT06 twitter “@GStephanopoulos More Q/A next time… really like this type interview. Time to compose and answer questions, no pressure. Great job!”

andreafjeld twitter “Oh my goodness, the @SenJohnMcCain @GStephanopoulos interivew is so cool!”