Most of the talk after last week's presidential debate in Denver was about how Mitt Romney had won according to most viewers. But another far more important topic was bubbling under the service: Did Ann Romney forgo the Temple garments she presumably wears as a member of the Mormon faith? One observer thinks she did, and presents evidence to back up his theory.
Here's a photo showing typical Temple garments for men and women:
As you can see, the leggings for women are quite long -- knee-length, usually. As such, a photo from the day of the debate caught the eye of Justin McAfee, publisher and editor of The Nevada View, as well as a self-described Mormon. Here's a screen capture from McAfee's article, entitled "More Evidence Ann Romney Not Wearing Mormon Garments:" There's a lot of garment-free leg in this shot, as McAfee points out. But does that constitute proof Ann went commando, temple-garment-wise, while in Denver? Not according to a few of the commenters to the piece. One man wrote, "My wife is tall and yes her garments actually do hike up far more than you would think."
And then there's this exchange between McAfee and two readers:
Reader 1: This is so seriously stupid. When you sit down they can ride up. Big deal.
McAfee: Ha ha! You think they are riding up that far? Man, you are naive.
Reader 2: I take it you are not married. According to my wife yes they can ride up that far.
McAfee: Maybe the silk ones... :) But if they are, they are all the way up her....
Not that McAfee was the first to make these observations. After Ann appeared on The Tonight Show last month, the Temple-garment question made the rounds on Mormon social media and websites like Jezebel, which featured this shot of Romney with Jay Leno.
As the Jezebel article notes, one Facebook commenter who weighed in on the subject after the Leno appearance thought Ann had struck a blow for Mormon fashion. The post reads: "Thank God for Ann. This is a cry to all the LDS Women in the world: 'It is okay to raise the hemline!' Now, let us pray she begins to work on the sleeves next."
However, a more disapproving observer shared an excerpt from a Mormon pamphlet that describes "immodest clothing" as any garment "that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any other manner. Young women should avoid short shorts and short skirts, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and clothing that does not cover the shoulders or is low-cut in the front or the back."
Oh yeah: When Romney spoke in Littleton the day before the debate, she wore pants.
More from our Politics archive: "Photos: Ann Romney says Mitt "doesn't fail" at pre-debate Littleton rally."
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.