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The 2012 presidential election in fashion

Ann Romney made a loud statement about her

Ann Romney made a loud statement about her individual style in this bird print, silk Reed Krakoff T-shirt on "This Morning" on CBS, but she was slammed when the public found out it retails for $990. (May, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt
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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)

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney turned heads at
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Michelle Obama and Ann Romney turned heads at the second presidential debate by wearing the same shade of hot pink (likely a nod to October being breast cancer awareness month). (Oct. 16, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, prefers to express her individual style instead of coordinating with her husband. While Mitt tends to channel the working man with rolled-sleeve Oxford shirts and jeans on the campaign trail, Ann often selects bright colors and big accessories. At a campaign rally in Port St. Lucie, Fla., she went with a purple printed wrap dress and statement necklace. (Oct. 7, 2012)

Unlike their opponents, the Obamas often find themselves
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Unlike their opponents, the Obamas often find themselves coordinating. President Barack Obama also opts out of casual and often chooses to stick with the power suit, even on the campaign trail. Here, the president and first lady return to the White House after fundraising in Manhattan. (June 15, 2012)

First lady Michelle Obama is often credited with
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First lady Michelle Obama is often credited with bringing fashion back to the White House. Obama, left, wore a silk jacquard printed dress by African-American designer Tracy Reese and affordable pumps by J. Crew on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, wore a silk taffeta, belted dress by Oscar de la Renta in a powerful red hue to kick off the Republican National Convention.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, right, is
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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, right, is often criticized for wearing suits that are a size too large. His shirt at the vice presidential debate in Kentucky was also too big, but his red and blue tie was a winner. GQ magazine called Biden's tie a “recycled Father's Day gift." (Oct. 11, 2012)

Ann Romney wore a cream suit by one
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Ann Romney wore a cream suit by one of her favorite designers, Boston-based Alfred Fiandaca, to the first presidential debate in Denver. She paired the modest and slightly sporty suit, from his Fall 2006 collection, with pearls. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Ann Romney wasn't the only one spotted wearing
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Ann Romney wasn't the only one spotted wearing white after Labor Day. First lady Michelle Obama wore a wide-leg pantsuit during a taping of "Steve Harvey" in Chicago. (Sept. 27, 2012)

It has become a tradition for Democrats and
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It has become a tradition for Democrats and Republicans to sport blue or red in honor of their party of choice. First lady Michelle Obama wore a royal blue suit by Preen with metallic heels for the first presidential debate. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's wife, Janna,
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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's wife, Janna, wore a berry-colored sheath and accessorized her cropped jacket with a brooch at the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Joe Biden, wore
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Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Joe Biden, wore a darker shade of purple, also accessorized with a brooch, to the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, his wife, Ann, and sons Josh, left, and Matt wore red, white and blue at the first presidential debate in Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Sasha, left, and Malia Obama showed off the
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Sasha, left, and Malia Obama showed off the same ladylike style as their mom, Michelle, during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2012)

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former
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Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, wore two of her favorite things — a red dress and gold jewelry — while making a bracelet with cancer survivors during a tour of the Center for Women's Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama each wore their party color with an American flag pin at the first presidential debate in Denver. Romney went for diagonal stripes while Obama chose a more subtle print. (Oct. 3, 2012)

First lady Michelle Obama wore a full-skirted green
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First lady Michelle Obama wore a full-skirted green dress and mixed jewelry on ABC's "The View" in Manhattan. (Sept. 24, 2012)

Ann Romney made a loud statement about her
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Ann Romney made a loud statement about her individual style in this bird print, silk Reed Krakoff T-shirt on "This Morning" on CBS, but she was slammed when the public found out it retails for $990. (May, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, and his
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan wear matching North Face fleece jackets at a rally in Lancaster, Ohio. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife,
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Belmont, Mass. Ann, who is known for wearing runway trends, sported knee-length boots, a stylish coat and a red handbag. (Oct. 14, 2012)

First lady Michelle Obama paired her knee-high boots
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First lady Michelle Obama paired her knee-high boots with a mixed print dress at a campaign event at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds in Leesburg, Va. (Oct. 9, 2012)

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt
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Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, was criticized for the daring leather ensemble by designer Alfred Fiandaca she wore during her appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, but Fiandaca said it was his favorite piece Romney has worn. (Sept. 25, 2012)

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