06/26/2012 11:12 am ET

Here She Comes, Miss (Elected) America

"Do you think Miss America should be free to declare her political affiliation?"

This was the question posed to Miss Wisconsin during the final interview in the 2012 Miss America Pageant. Laura Kaeppeler responded in the negative, asserting that "Miss America represents everyone." The judges obviously liked that answer—just minutes later Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America 2012—but more than a few of her pageant sisters would disagree, especially those tossing their tiaras into the political ring.

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