Considering some say he’s in for the political fight of his life, it seemed fitting that presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt stopped by Everlast’s offices Tuesday afternoon.

The Missouri Congressman didn’t step into the showroom’s boxing ring, but he did lace up a pair of boxing gloves and a “Team Gephardt” satin royal blue boxing robe that by chance matched his tie. “Did they put gloves on him?” asked Gephardt’s wife, Jane. “If he gets gloves, I get gloves, too.”

“How do you hold them?” he asked, raising his glove while posing for a photo. “You’re definitely open for a left hook,” said George Horowitz, president and chief executive of Everlast, who first met the politician ringside at a pro boxing match.

“I’m just glad I don’t have to use them or I’d be in real trouble,” Gephardt shot back.

All jokes aside, Gephardt said he wanted to stop by Everlast because he likes to visit companies all over the country. “Business is what makes the world go ’round. I’m for working families. My dad was a milk truck driver and a Teamster who never finished high school. My mother was a secretary who died at 95 eight weeks ago. They didn’t leave us any money but they left us good values. That’s what this country is built on.”

While not exactly a platform issue, Gephardt did touch on an eyesore in the garment district: “When I’m president, we’re going to get rid of all this scaffolding.”

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