What Was the Odd Dot on Romney’s Lapel Flag Pin? The Campaign Tells Us

In the spirit of Sesame Street and Big Bird (which did get a mention during Wednesday’s presidential debate), we couldn‘t help but notice the candidates’ lapel pins and note “one of these things is not like the other.”

What are we talking about? Take a look at Romney’s pin. Not only is it larger than President Barack Obama‘s flag pin but Romney’s appears to have a dot in the center of the red and white stripes.

Romneys Flag Lapel Pin Said to Have the Secret Service Star on It

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the first presidential debate with President Barack Obama at the University of Denver. (Photo: AP/Eric Gay)

Romneys Flag Lapel Pin Said to Have the Secret Service Star on It

Here's the same photo zoomed in a bit to show the dot. (Photo: AP/Eric Gay)

What is it?

Some on Twitter have been pointing out the “black dot” on the pin — and have noticed the size difference as well.

Romneys Flag Lapel Pin Said to Have the Secret Service Star on ItRomneys Flag Lapel Pin Said to Have the Secret Service Star on It

The Associated Press has said via Twitter that it is a Secret Service star and speculates it was the Secret Service who gave him the pin.

Romneys Flag Lapel Pin Said to Have the Secret Service Star on It

The Twitter handle @DGJackson — or Mitt’s Body Man — wrote that it was a Secret Service star on a pin given to him by an agent a long time ago.

Romneys Flag Lapel Pin Said to Have the Secret Service Star on It

Romneys Flag Lapel Pin Said to Have the Secret Service Star on It

(Image: eBay)

There are some who speculate the candidate is wearing this pin because he may have forgotten his own. It’s possible. But the writer of the blog Pied Type points out that Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan has been seeing wearing a similar pin as well. It also notes that both men previously have worn flag lapel pins with elephants on them.

This video posted early in the year shows the different lapel pin worn by Romney as well:

So what’s the answer? TheBlaze emailed Romney’s camp which confirmed it was a Secret Service star.

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What Was the Odd Dot on Romney’s Lapel Flag Pin? The Campaign Tells Us

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