DEARBORN, Michigan (CNN) - Only two of the nine presidential candidates at today's Republican presidential debate wore flags on their lapels.
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani both wore flag pins on their lapels while the remaining seven did not. They were: Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. Sam Brownback, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Ron Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Hucakbee, and Rep. Tom Tancredo.
Flag lapel pins became a campaign issue for Democratic candidate Barack Obama last week when he acknowledged to an interviewer that while he wore the lapel pins after 9/11, he no longer believes it’s appropriate. Obama told reporters that he has stopped wearing a flag lapel pin because he believes it has been a “substitute for true patriotism.”
– CNN Political Director Sam Feist