Ketchup bottle, George W. Bush, 2004

Ketchup bottle, George W. Bush, 2004

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The 2004 presidential race was between the Republican incumbent President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger John Kerry, senator from Massachusetts. Because Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz, was related to the Heinz family who founded a food processing company, a group of New York City Republicans started their own ketchup company to avoid eating Heinz ketchup. Using a label picturing George Washington, W Ketchup was introduced in 2004 with the advertising slogan “You don’t support Democrats. Why should your Ketchup?” (Teresa Heinz was not a majority stakeholder in the Heinz Company.) The product was distributed through internet sales and no proceeds were contributed to political campaigns. The W Ketchup company ceased production in 2015.
Object Name
Date made
Bush, George W.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
red; white (overall color)
overall: 8 in x 3 in x 1 1/4 in; 20.32 cm x 7.62 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Political Campaigns
Presidential Campaign of 2004
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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