Also Surging: Santorum's Sweater Vests

Vests get their own Twitter feed, Facebook page, music video

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 3, 2012 11:03 AM CST

(Newser) – As Rick Santorum surges in the Iowa polls, his collection of sweater vests is also winning popularity. Santorum has taken to wearing the sleeveless V-necks while campaigning in Iowa; the sartorial choice apparently first garnered attention at a Des Moines forum a few weeks ago during which most other candidates wore suits. "It sort of took on a life of its own" after that, he explains. "So I started wearing more and more. My staff bought me a bunch more." They even, the New York Times notes, had vests embroidered with his campaign logo.

The vests have a Twitter feed, Facebook page, and music video (watch at left). Why does he wear them? In order to look older, he told Laura Ingraham yesterday, according to Politico. Pointing out that he, at age 53, was mistaken for 32 while in Iowa, Santorum said, "I’m thinking the sweater vest makes me look a little older and that might be a good thing." But it's not all light news for Santorum today: Dana Milbank wrote a particularly scathing piece on the candidate for the Washington Post, pointing out a number of Santorum's errors and inconsistencies. Predicts Milbank, "He won’t last long as a top-tier presidential candidate if he doesn’t improve his game." Click to read Milbank's piece.

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Principal Financial Group during a campaign stop, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Principal Financial Group during a campaign stop, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the The Gift of Life documentary premiere in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the "The Gift of Life" documentary premiere in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum shakes hands during a meet and greet campaign stop at Pizza Ranch, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Altoona, Iowa.
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum shakes hands during a meet and greet campaign stop at Pizza Ranch, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Altoona, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum looks on as he waits to speak to local residents during a campaign stop at the Daily Grind coffee shop, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Sioux City, Iowa.
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum looks on as he waits to speak to local residents during a campaign stop at the Daily Grind coffee shop, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012,...   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign appearance at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Knoxville, Iowa.
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign appearance at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Knoxville, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop at the Coralville City Hall, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Coralville, Iowa.
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop at the Coralville City Hall, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Coralville, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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