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Watch: Rick Santorum tours Bemidji sweater vest factory

By Muriel Kane
Sunday, February 5, 2012 19:13 EDT
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Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum toured the Bemidji, Minnesota factory that manufactures his signature sweater vest on Sunday, and newspaper columnists had a field day with the event.

“On Sunday, sweater vest-loving GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be like a kid in a candy store,” the Fox News affiliate in Chicago reported. “The sweater vest has become a signature fashion item for the former Pennsylvania senator who has donned one frequently on the campaign trail. Earlier this month the campaign began offering them to supporters who donated $100 or more to help fuel the Iowa caucuses winner’s presidential bid.”

MSNBC explains further that “the sweater vest took on a life of its own with its own Twitter account and Pinterest board. Santorum has fully embraced the sartorial attention, adopting the slogan ‘don’t let sleeves slow you down.’”

But the New York Daily Newsmay have overreached in its attempt to find a source of snark in the event when it commented breathlessly, “On Sunday, Rick Santorum will visit his own personal heaven. Just don’t ask him how to spell it.”

According to the News, “Santorum’s team touted the trip in a press release by misspelling Bemidgi, Minn., four times as “Bimidji.” Raw Story’s crack team of fact-checkers has investigated this claim thoroughly, however, and can confirm that according to the city’s own website, its name is, indeed, spelled “Bemidji.”

This video is from the Associated Press, February 5, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
 
 
 
 
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