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I have written before about being a vegetarian Republican. You can read those posts here and here. There is a big misconception that vegetarians are all liberals. It's simply not true. Plus, some fellow vegetarians seem to think that Obama is so much better for the animals and planet. One can look toward food choices as an indicator of how true that is.

Case in point - every time I saw news coverage of what Obama was eating on the campaign trail it was always animal products. Burgers, junk food photo opportunities, etc. I saw that once with Romney, so he is not completely off the hook. The news showed him order food in an Ohio Wendy's restaurant, which was clearly him trying to make it look like he was "one of them," because we know how important Ohio was to the election. Whether or not he actually ate the burger we don't know, because that wasn't reported. He also ordered a baked potato, so he could have just noshed on that.

Anyway, there were reports of Romney eating a vegetarian burrito on the campaign trail, as well as veggie burgers (quinoa ones!). Not once, but on multiple occasions. This is a man that purposely chose veggie burgers when he could have had any food at his request. Today I volunteered in my son's first grade classroom and we did a reading lesson on the two candidates. The lesson discussed their family, as well as their favorite food. Romney's favorite food, according to this Scholastic booklet? Granola!

Obviously he is a man who eats a lot of vegetarian food. An article on Today states that Romney's favorite sandwich is peanut butter and honey. The article also states:

    "Mitt Romney has his own galley in "forward cabin." And, while I've never been invited up front,     sources close to the campaign tell me the shelves are stocked with a wide variety of healthy fare.     Kashi cereals, hummus, pita as well as organic applesauce. Everything's organic, I'm told, including     the ingredients to Romney's favorite, peanut butter and honey sandwiches."

Anyway, you may not think it's a big deal, but I find Mitt's eating habits to be much closer to vegetarianism than Obama's, and I thought I'd point that out. And by the way, PCRM (a vegan-promoting organization), issued a statement asking Obama to start eating better (read it here). Maybe, like on so many other issues, Obama could benefit from taking some dietary tips from Romney!



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