Going after the women's vote Michelle Obama and Ann Romney both choose Pepto pink for presidential debate
15:19 GMT, 17 October 2012
Michelle Obama and Ann Romney both stepped out in the same searing hot pink hue at the second presidential debate last night.
The First Lady wore a tailored dress with matching cropped jacket by Michael Kors, while Mrs Romney wore a shift with capped sleeves in exactly the same Pepto Bismol-like shade.
The wives of the presidential candidates took their seats as their husbands appeared on stage at Hofstra University in New York.
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Show of support: Ann Romney and Michelle Obama congratulate their husbands following the tense presidential debate in New York… while wearing remarkably similar outfits
Twitter users suggested that both wives had chosen the color to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It is, however, a choice that is bang on trend this season, having appeared in the fall 2012 collection of Stella McCartney and Nina Ricci for pre-fall.
Color-blocking: Mrs Romney's tailored shift was accessorized with a double-strand necklace of glass beads
Crop tactics: Mrs Obama wore a Michael Kors dress with a matching shrunken jacket and a strand of pearls
Both women managed to set themselves
apart with their accessories though.
In the pink: The bright shade chosen by the two women was not unlike that of popular stomach remedy Pepto Bismol
Mrs Obama went for a classic single
strand of pearls, while Mrs Romney colour-blocked with a bolder
double-strand design of turquoise blue glass beads.
The Republican candidate's wife also went for a rather daring pale green nail polish choice that picked out the hues in her neckpiece.
Earlier in the evening she was seen wearing a brocade jacket in a lighter shade of pink over her bright dress.
Obama came out swinging in the second debate with Mitt Romney, according to the latest polls, although who actually won was open to interpretation.
According to a national survey, 46per cent of those watching the town hall on Tuesday night believed that Obama had won – while 39per cent sided with Romney.
In the second of their three debates, Obama and Romney attacked each other viciously.
The figures gathered by CNN/ORC showed
that the majority believed Obama's performance was superior (73per
cent) compared to 37per cent who held the opinion about Romney.
Preparation: The Romneys look at family photos backstage at the presidential debate
In waiting: Romney with his wife Ann, in a pink brocade coat over her neon dress, and their son Matt and his wife Laurie sit backstage before the debate
poll is a dramatic turn of events for the candidates face-off on
October 3 in Denver when 67per cent of registered voters said the
debate was won by Romney and only 25 per cent opting for Obama.
When it came to the most likeable, Obama beat Romney 47-41per cent.
However on big issues such as the economy, Romney soared ahead with an 18-point lead on the President.