Bracelets make a political statement

Berns Rothchild. left, and her father, John, make opposing political statements with their "Count Me Blue" and "Count Me Red" political bracelets Thursday in Miami.

The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 11:09 p.m.
NEW YORK - After spending 10 days in London with friends who were outspoken about their disdain for President Bush's policies, Berns Rothchild came home wishing she had a way to show the world she didn't vote for him.
"I sort of felt ashamed, and didn't really want to be associated with being an American," said Rothchild, who lives in New York City and voted for John Kerry.
Her mother had a suggestion: bracelets, inspired by the Lance Armstrong Foundation's popular "LIVESTRONG" bands, that would signal opposition to Bush. The Lance Armstrong Foundation has sold about 31 million yellow wristbands to raise money for cancer research.
Thousands of miles away, two women in Idaho had the same idea. So did a woman in Kansas. The result? At least three separate bracelet ventures targeting left-leaning citizens who want to wear their political affiliation on their wrists - and at least one competitor bearing the opposite message.
Rothchild, 35, is selling blue bracelets that say "COUNT ME BLUE," while Laura Adams, of Fairway, Kan., offers blue bracelets that say "HOPE." The McKnight family, of Moscow, Idaho, sells black bracelets that proclaim: "I DID NOT VOTE 4 BUSH."
So far only McKnight said she has received e-mails criticizing the bracelets as unpatriotic. But Rothchild said her venture has spawned a counter-protest - from her Republican father.
John Rothchild, a Miami resident who voted for Bush, has invested in 5,000 "COUNT ME RED" bracelets. "Now we're sort of having a father-daughter competition to see who can sell more," Berns Rothchild said.

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