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Politicians Are Best as Rubber, Cartoonist Insists

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Politicians Are Best as Rubber, Cartoonist Insists

Election 2008

Politicians Are Best as Rubber, Cartoonist Insists

Politicians Are Best as Rubber, Cartoonist Insists

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This election season is all about Barack Obama's ears, Rudy Giuliani's forehead and Fred Thompson's "big rubbery face," according to editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy of the Des Moines Register.

Wednesday the paper hosts a debate for the Republican candidates and Thursday the paper will do the same for the Democrats. Duffy says he hopes to pen at least a dozen cartoons over the course of the debates.

Alex Cohen joins Duffy in his office to talk about his creative process.

"The first couple of times it will look a lot more like that person. And then as I become more comfortable with them, I'll stretch their face like a rubber mask," Duffy says. "I don't look at them as a person, it really sounds cold and impersonal, but for an individual to be able to draw somebody and make them a set of issues, that's the best way to do it."

Duffy says that while he enjoys drawing Mitt Romney's hair — no one can compete with Ronald Reagan in that department. Coutesy of Brian Duffy hide caption

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