Campaign Fashion

Santorum’s Knit Vests, Bachmann, Gingrich & More GOP Style (PHOTOS)

From Santorum’s sweater vests to Newt’s open collars and Mitt’s dad jeans, see the pols’ fashions.

Rick Santorum has got politics watchers buzzing with more than his strong finish in Iowa. From his ubiquitous sweater vests to Newt’s open collars and Mitt’s dad jeans, see photos of the contenders’ fashion choices.

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Rick Santorum

No GOP candidate is as sartorially distinct as former senator Rick Santorum, who made “sweater vest” into a trending topic practically overnight. The second-place Iowa finisher showed off a series of vests on the trail—perhaps to evoke a warm and fuzzy appearance.

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Newt Gingrich

Gingrich opted for an open-collar shirt as he accepted his fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday night.

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Ron Paul

Rep. Ron Paul’s wife, Carol, wore an oddly buttoned-up winter coat with a fur collar onstage while her husband soaked up the spotlight after a third-place finish in Iowa.

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Michele Bachmann

Though she won only 5 percent of the vote, Rep. Michele Bachmann was put-together when she took to the podium on Tuesday night. Close shots of her face revealed carefully applied eye makeup.

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Marcus Bachmann

Marcus Bachmann looked embarrassed when his wife told the crowd that he had spent the final day of campaigning buying “doggy sunglasses.”

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Mitt Romney

Former governor Mitt Romney took the stage at a town-hall meeting at a high school in Manchester, N.H., on Wednesday wearing high-waisted jeans and a button-down shirt.

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Iowa Patriots

Both celebrating success in Iowa, Santorum and Romney were similarly dressed in dark suits. The former wore a red-striped tie, while Romney opted for blue. Both, of course, wore an American-flag pin on their lapel.