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Ann Romney has sparked a bit of controversy with a shirt she wore on CBS's "This Morning." Some have criticized the shirt for being too "wild" but the larger controversy comes from its retail price of $990.
The shirt is from Reed Krakoff's ready-to-wear line and retails for $990, according to reports. However, a publicist for Krakoff insisted that he had "nothing to do with" Romney's style.
"She must have bought it from Saks or Bergdorf's, we definitely didn't sent it to her," the publicist said.
Some are wondering if this will hurt Mitt Romney's campaign by further drawing a divide between the "common man" and Romney. His wealth has been an issue in this campaign and has drawn much criticism.
Remember the $10,000 bet? The public was left shocked by Romney's audacity in wagering a high amount during a debate with then-candidate Rick Perry.
Since then, Mitt Romney has tried to tone down his apparent wealth and relate to everyday people. He has made a concerted effort not to discuss his earnings, and still has not released his tax returns for 2011. Now, with Ann's decision to wear a nearly $1,000 shirt on national TV, one may wonder if it will hurt the campaign's new image.
"I think the point is that the Romneys are struggling to appear to be in touch with the regular people," wrote Andy McDee on Politico's page. "If she wore a $35 shirt from Target, it would have been a different story."
While First Lady Michelle Obama has worn off-the-rack from Banana Republic and Target, favorite stores of hers, she has also come under attack for spending quite a bit on her wardrobe. According to a report by ABC News, Obama dressed in a $950 dress during her vacation to Hawaii, as well as a $2,000 dress.
Should the wives of presidential candidates, and the president, be subject to the same scrutiny as their husbands? Bill Burton, former deputy press secretary under Obama is "of the view that Ann Romney should be off-limits," he told "The Bill Press Show."
"I remember in 2007 and 2008 when people would go after Mrs. Obama. I was enraged about it because you never know if they even signed up for this willingly. They may just be supportive and along for the ride," he explained.