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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney looked equally dapper in black and white with Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie affair at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. (Oct. 18, 2012)(Credit: Getty Images)

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The 2012 presidential election in fashion

Fashion should never sway votes, but when candidates are in the public eye, what they wear can make a difference. While Republican candidate Mitt Romney hits the campaign trail in rolled-up sleeves and jeans to connect with the working class, President Barack Obama prefers the power suit. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is criticized for how his suits fit, while trend-setting first lady Michelle Obama has been criticized for choosing designers from the wrong countries at times. From red and blue ties to an all-out leather ensemble, here are some of the 2012 election's fashion moments.

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