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All the Presidential Candidates Look Bad On HDTV

We recently wrote about stars who look bad on HDTV, but we forgot to mention that it's not just Hollywood luminaries whose blemishes, wrinkles, and other physical characteristics are more noticeable under the increased resolution of high-def cameras. Yes, we're referring to the current crop of presidential candidates, thanks to the increased prevalence of HD in news broadcasts. (CNN, for example, is now using CNNHD for its presidential debates.) To find out how the candidates looks fare onscreen, we spoke to Philip Swann, Philip Swann, editor of TVPredictions, which regularly compiles stories on stars in HD.

For Hillary Clinton, HD makes her look much older. "She has a lot of wrinkles, more than you realize," "When you see her in analog television, you don't think 60-year-old but in HD, it's like "oh yeah, 60-year-old."

John McCain's previous bouts with skin cancer also show up in more detail. "It's scary," says Swann. "But some can argue that it makes him more sympathetic because you realize all the scars, literally and figuratively, that he's gone through over the years."

Finally, Barack Obama is the one who really benefits, mostly. "You can see why people love him as far as charisma," says Swann. "Although, he has these veins that pop out of his forehead when he gets worked up, so I wonder if he has some blood pressure issues."

You might scoff, but a few years ago, Swann first noticed spots on President Bush's forehead during an HD broadcast of the State of the Union and wondered if they were an issue. A few months later, Bush was in the news for getting them removed.

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