Go to HHH home page.
Smart Politics
 


Ron Paul: Don't Pin Me Down!

Bookmark and Share

The Texas Congressman is the only major 2012 Republican presidential candidate to take the debate stage without once wearing a lapel pin

ronpaul11.jpgWhile many prominent politicians (and broadcasters) don't think twice about wrapping themselves around the symbols of patriotism ever since the attacks on 9/11 more than a decade ago, there is one 2012 Republican presidential candidate who has opted not to wear his patriotism...on his suit lapel.

A Smart Politics analysis of the 2012 Republican primary election campaign finds that Ron Paul is the only major GOP White House hopeful who has yet to wear a lapel pin during a debate.

Congressman Paul has participated in 18 debates thus far and has never worn a lapel pin once - in stark contrast to the rest of the GOP field, which has donned a pin more than 75 percent of the time (81 of 107 debate participants to date).

While Paul - the only remaining GOP candidate left in the race who served in the military - chooses not to adorn American symbols on his attire, every other major candidate who has participated in the debates has done so at least half of the time.

Herman Cain wore a lapel pin 100 percent of the time he took the debate stage, followed by Rick Perry at 92 percent, Rick Santorum at 90 percent, Michele Bachmann at 83 percent, Mitt Romney at 78 percent, Tim Pawlenty at 67 percent, Jon Huntsman at 55 percent, and Newt Gingrich at 50 percent.

After sporting a naked lapel during his first three debates through the gathering at the Reagan Library in California, Mitt Romney has worn a flag pin in every debate since - with one exception.

The former Massachusetts governor neglected to wear a pin during the fourth South Carolina debate in Charleston.

Two days later, Newt Gingrich crushed Romney in the Palmetto State's primary and Romney made sure to wear his flag pin during the next two debates in Florida.

Coincidence?

Overall, Romney has worn a pin of the U.S. flag in 14 of 18 debates.

Rick Santorum has likewise generally been steadfast in wearing a label pin - failing to do so in only the first debate in Iowa and the fourth debate in Florida, sporting traditional flag pins in 14 of the 17 occasions in which he has decorated his left lapel.

Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, did not wear a pin throughout the first nine debates in which he participated from the first New Hampshire debate through the second South Carolina debate).

However, in the subsequent nine debates from D.C. onwards, the former House Speaker has worn a blue flag pin on his suits without fail.

Frequent pin-wearing candidates from those who have exited the GOP race were Rick Perry (in 12 of 13 debates), Michele Bachmann (in 10 of 12), and Herman Cain (in 11 of 11). Bachmann and Cain usually wore traditional U.S. flag pins, while Perry exclusively wore a "Silver Antelope" pin - an award given for outstanding longtime service to the Boy Scouts of America.

Jon Huntsman wore pins in six of his 11 debates with Tim Pawlenty doing so in two of the three debates in which he participated.

Note: Minor (and former) Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson - who is now seeking the Libertarian nomination - did not wear a lapel pin in either of his two debate appearances in South Carolina (last May) and Florida (last September).

Republican Presidential Candidates Wearing Lapel Pins in the Debates

Candidate
Wore pin
No pin
Percent
Herman Cain
11
0
100.0
Rick Perry
12
1
92.3
Rick Santorum
17
2
89.5
Michele Bachmann
10
2
83.3
Mitt Romney
14
4
77.8
Tim Pawlenty
2
1
66.7
Jon Huntsman
6
5
54.5
Newt Gingrich
9
9
50.0
Ron Paul
0
18
0.0
Gary Johnson*
0
2
0.0
* Currently seeking Libertarian Party nomination. Data compiled by Smart Politics.

Follow Smart Politics on Twitter.

Previous post: Candidate Code Names: Fun with Anagrams and the 2012 Republican Field
Next post: Media Overload on Mitt Romney's "Poor" Comment Comes Nearly Four Months Late

Leave a comment


Remains of the Data

Gender Equality in the US House: A State-by State Quarter-Century Report Card (1989-2014)

A study of 5,325 congressional elections finds the number of female U.S. Representatives has more than tripled over the last 25 years, but the rate at which women are elected to the chamber still varies greatly between the states.

Political Crumbs

Final Four Has Presidential Approval

By edging Michigan in the final seconds Sunday, the University of Kentucky guaranteed that one school in the Final Four this year would be located in a state that was not carried by President Barack Obama in 2012. (Connecticut, Florida, and Wisconsin had previously earned Final Four slots over the weekend). Across the 76 Final Fours since 1939, an average of 3.1 schools have been located in states won by the president's ticket during the previous election cycle. All four schools have come from states won by the president 29 times, with the most recent being the 2009 Final Four featuring Connecticut, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Villanova. On 30 occasions three Final Four schools have been located in states won by the president, with two schools 11 times and only one school six times (the most recent being 2012 with Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, and Ohio State). There has never been a Men's NCAA Division I Final Four in which no schools were located in states carried by the president's ticket.


Three for the Road

A new Rasmussen Poll shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in a dead heat with likely 2014 Democratic nominee Mary Burke. Walker is seeking to win his third consecutive election after prevailing in 2012's recall contest. Eight of his predecessors accomplished this feat: Republicans Lucius Fairchild (in 1869), Jeremiah Rusk (1886), Robert La Follette (1904), Emanuel Philipp (1918), John Blaine (1924), Walter Kohler (1954), Warren Knowles (1968), and Tommy Thompson (1994). Three others Badger State governors lost on their third campaign: Democrat George Peck (1894), Progressive Philip La Follette (1938), and Republican Julius Heil (1942). One died in office before having the opportunity to win a third contest (GOPer Walter Goodland in 1947) while another resigned beforehand (Democrat Patrick Lucey in 1977 to become Ambassador to Mexico). Overall Wisconsin gubernatorial incumbents have won 35 of 47 general election contests, or 74.5 percent of the time.


more POLITICAL CRUMBS

Humphrey School Sites
CSPG
Humphrey New Media Hub

Issues />

<div id=
Abortion
Afghanistan
Budget and taxes
Campaign finances
Crime and punishment
Economy and jobs
Education
Energy
Environment
Foreign affairs
Gender
Health
Housing
Ideology
Immigration
Iraq
Media
Military
Partisanship
Race and ethnicity
Reapportionment
Redistricting
Religion
Sexuality
Sports
Terrorism
Third parties
Transportation
Voting