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How to win a political debate with only the shirt on your back

Our New York readers may have heard about certain polling locations in in the city asserting they will turn away voters wearing t-shirts or buttons endorsing their favorite candidates come election time because of a city mandate that declares paraphernalia of a political nature cannot be brought within "a 100-foot radial measured from the entrances of the voting booth."

With that in mind we wondered if there are even any politically-inspired fashion options that we'd consider wearing out in public without facing death -- if only a social one -- by embarrassment, as in our experience most offerings tend to be tacky, offensive, or just unforgivably ugly. But with the debates in full swing, we're got politics on the brain. Here are a few poll-worthy pieces we've discovered that are perfect for any donkey -- and even the occasional elephant -- you might encounter.


Barack Obama is stylishly advantageous in that he's got the majority of the fashion industry elite already on his side. And with the Democrats clawing to get into the White House, everyone is eager to voice their vote. For his "Runway to Change" initiative, Obama enlisted some of the design world's best to createlimited edition t-shirts and accessories for his support.

This pink pride shirt designed by Jefferey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra holds near and dear to our hearts for obvious reasons.

Pharell William's Stand Out From The Crowd tee is perfect for the legion of young Obama voters.

Alexander Wang loves both tanks and Obama, so why not marry the two? Now even hipsters can be stylish and supportive without noticeably expending too much effort!

For more Obamawesome fashion, check out his website. Stay tuned for more bipartisan attire.


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