America’s Santorum sweater obsession

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Rick Santorum’s fashion choices have been turning heads on the campaign trail. He’s been rocking the sleeveless sweater vests, perhaps going for the “non-threatening nerdy dad” look as suggested by my fellow Last Word staffer Anthony Reyes. Unlike many other politicians in their power suits or rolled-up sleeves, the former Pennsylvania senator has been keeping it casual for the past few weeks.

The conservative candidate told the New York Times, “it sort of took on a life of its own” after an appearance in Des Moines with Mike Huckabee. “So I started wearing more and more. My staff bought me a bunch more,” he said.

One devoted fashion follower made a “Fear Rick’s Vest” video montage, along with a related Twitter feed, Tumblr blog and Facebook page.

The Times article says Santorum “is not anti-sleeve” and “harbors no bigotry toward extra fabric, whether it’s cotton, cashmere or wool.”

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America's Santorum sweater obsession

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