Mayor Pete’s Ties, Kamala’s Pearls, Biden’s Aviators: It’s All Up for Debate

As for those farther on the edges of the debate stage, a few are edging toward establishing their own points of difference, though they haven’t entirely followed through on the commitment.

There is John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor, with his Western hip folksiness and affinity for Mr. Rogers-esque V-neck sweaters; Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington, who can often be seen in that rarity, a green tie, presumably to go with his green agenda; and Julián Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, playing it very traditional in red ties and navy suitThen there are Marianne Williamson (the self-help guru), Eric Swalwell (California congressman), Michael Bennet (Colorado senator), Tulsi Gabbard (congresswoman from Hawaii), Tim Ryan (congressman from Ohio) and John Delaney (former Maryland congressman), all of whom have yet to really employ the tools of visual argument to advance their respective cases.

Not to mention the New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, though he has one singular advantage, according to Ms. Rosen. He sticks out simply because he’s very tall.


Pete Buttigieg: Joshua Lott/Getty Images, Stephen Lam/Reuters, Scott Olson/Getty Images, Evan Agostini/Associated Press, Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters, Jae C. Hong/Associated Press; Kamala Harris: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press, Scott Eisen/Getty Images, Rebecca Cook/Reuters, Jason Lee/via Associated Press, Steve Marcus/via Associated Press; Joseph Biden: Mark Makela for The New York Times, Lisa Hornak/EPA, via Shutterstock

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Pete Buttigieg (from left): Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Stephen Lam/Reuters, Scott Olson/Getty Images, Sarah Rice/Getty Images, Joshua Lott/Getty Images, Jessica Hill/Associated Press, Jae C. Hong/Associated Press, Evan Agostini/Associated Press, Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Elizabeth Warren (from left): Mark Wilson/Getty Images, Jeff Chiu/Associated Press, Eric Thayer for The New York Times, John Minchillo/Associated Press, Sergio Flores/Getty Images, Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times, Jim Weber/via Associated Press, Brian Snyder/Reuters, Rick Bowmer/Associated Press, Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press, Cheryl Senter/Associated Press, Corey Sipkin/Getty Images, Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Joseph Biden (from left): Brian Snyder/Reuters, Matt Rourke/Associated Press, Mark Makela for The New York Times, Matt Rourke/Associated Press, Jessica Griffin via Associated Press, Mark Makela for The New York Times, Mark Makela for The New York Times, Mark Makela for The New York Times, Lisa Hornak/EPA, via Shutterstock, Erin Schaff/The New York Times, Matt Rourke/Associated Press, Steven Senne/Associated Press

Beto O’Rourke (from left): Daniel Acker/Reuters, Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Bridget Bennett for The New York Times, Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Bridget Bennett for The New York Times, Bridget Bennett for The New York Times, Ben Brewer/Reuters, John Locher/Associated Press, Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times, Charles Krupa/Associated Press

Kamala Harris (from left, top row): Rebecca Cook/Reuters, Scott Sonner/Associated Press, Josh Edelson/Getty Images, Cj Gunther/EPA, via Shutterstock, Mandel Ngan/Getty Images, Stephen Maturen/Getty Images, Curtis Compton/via Associated Press, Steve Marcus/via Associated Press
(from left, bottom row): Jason Lee/The Sun News, via Associated Press, Scott Eisen/Getty Images.Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters, Audra Melton for The New York Times, Richard Vogel/Associated Press, Jordan Gale for The New York Times, John G Mabanglo/EPA, via Shutterstock, Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Bernie Sanders (from left, top row): Elizabeth Frantz for The New York Times, J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press, Getty Images, Erik S Lesser/EPA, via Shutterstock
(from left, bottom row): Scott Olson/Getty Images, Sarahbeth Maney for The New York Times, Mandel Ngan/Getty Images, Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Kirsten Gillibrand (from left): Scott Olson/Getty Images, Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press, Nati Harnik/Associated Press, Bryon Houlgrave/via Associated Press, Paul Sancya/Associated Press, Scott Olson/Getty Images, Cj Gunther/EPA, via Shutterstock

Cory Booker (from left): Alyssa Pointer/via Associated Press, Jae C. Hong/Associated Press, Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Ethan Miller/Getty Imasges, Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters, Tannen Maury/EPA, via Shutterstock, John Locher/Associated Press, Scott Sonner/Associated Press