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Sign of the times: Political buttons, stickers a thing of the past


Call it a sign of the times: the car bumper sticker -- that staple of American political advertising, appears to be coming unglued -- not showing up much on vehicles anymore.  The political button appears to be declining as well.

How can this be?

Remember George W. Bush and John Kerry stickers in 2004?  Barack Obama and John McCain stickers in 2008?

Look around, you don't see many Barack Obama or Mitt Romney stickers or for that matter, campaign buttons out there this year.

What's going on?

We stood on the street and watched cars and trucks zip by -- lots of them!  And we noticed a funny thing.  No bumper stickers and that's not all.

Remember political buttons?  Some people collect them.  They're still made, but who's wearing them?  Practically no one.

"The world has changed and these symbols of political activity and your allegiance to candidates in years gone apparently has bitten the dust," said Frank Camacho of the Arizona Democratic Party.

It is not like the campaigns don't have a lot of money.  They have a lot and they spend a lot, but they're spending it on a lot of other things these days.

"All the campaigns have Facebook pages, Twitter, a lot going on electronically, so there is a revolutionary aspect to what is going on in 2012," said Tim Sifert of the Arizona Republican Party.

At least some people still go with the stickers.  Matt Lamont of Glendale bought one for Mitt Romney at Republican headquarters on Friday for $5.  He knows a lot of other people don't buy them.

"Could be people don't want bumper sticker on car..ruins your paint job, but I have noticed that," he said.

Butt Matt had a solution: stick it on a window. It comes off easier and won't hurt the paint job.

Stickers and buttons are still made, which is a good thing -- they'll definitely be collectors' items.

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