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Why are Romney and Obama wearing lavalier mikes and holding cardiod mikes?

Asked by serenade (3779 points ) October 16th, 2012 from iPhone

Just wondering why they’re using both.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

If one fails they have the other.

PhiNotPi's avatar

Perhaps, in addition to being a backup mike, it could be for stylistic reasons. Maybe people prefer the look of a handheld mike.

ETpro's avatar

I don’t know, but an educated guess is one was for the theater audience and the other for radio and TV.

Pandora's avatar

So they can catch mutterings?

ragingloli's avatar

So they have somewhere to put their hands.

Buttonstc's avatar

Most likely for the same reason that that humongous old fashioned radio mike which sits on Letterman’a desk is not just there for sentimental decoration reasons.

It’s an active mike and a purposeful redundancy he insisted upon in case the body mike fails for some reason.

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