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Spin Control

Presidential campaign as a marketing tool

Mementos of a presidential campaign used to be pretty basic: Buttons, bumper stickers, yard signs and the occasional poster.

But with each four-year cycle, the tchotchkes get more diverse. And stranger.

But this one may be a new low for American political bric-a-brac: Ripnroll, an online company that bills itself as America's Condom Superstore, offers condoms with images of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the wrapper. 

For the GOP nominee presumptive, the slogan wasn't too hard. Trump pregnancy it says under the icon on the order page, and the wrappers offer slogans like "This thing is Huge" and "Here's Your Wall." 

For Clinton, the company had a harder time, and seemed to reach a little farther, settling on "You've Got Mail," "Willie Wants Back In" and "Stop Your Inflation" -- although that last one doesn't seem like a very good slogan for a condom

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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