By Christopher Moloney, OutFront producer
Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich continue to jockey for position and attention this primary season.
But there is another name being tossed around: Norman Rockwell.
Rockwell was a 20th-century painter and illustrator most famous for the idealistic portrayals of American life that he created for The Saturday Evening Post.
In recent weeks, CBS, The Washington Post and The New Yorker have all used "Rockwell" or "Rockwellian" as shorthand for the values that many of the GOP candidates claim to represent.
Joshua Brown, writing for Forbes, called the GOP primary "a process by which the candidate who demonstrates the most willingness to bring back Norman Rockwell's America wins."
And in 2010, when Newt Gingrich spoke to Esquire, he described his family as the kind of people that "Norman Rockwell captures in his pictures."
But was Rockwell a Republican?
His most iconic series of paintings, "The Four Freedoms," was based on Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 address to Congress, and much of his work - particularly that created during the civil rights movement and Vietnam War - suggests a social liberalism.
But when approached by reporters about his political affiliation, Rockwell always claimed to be an independent voter.
And his record seems to back it up.
In 1948, he cast his ballot for Socialist presidential candidate Norman Thomas. In later years, he voted for Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, whom he painted for The Saturday Evening Post.
During his career, Rockwell had the opportunity to meet and paint many presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
His portrait of Nixon still hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and shows a much more relaxed man than many Americans are accustomed to.
Rockwell called Nixon "the hardest man I ever had to paint" because he "fell into the troublesome category of almost good-looking."
In July 2011, President Obama hung Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With," on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum, in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office.
The painting depicts 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, an African-American, being escorted into William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans as those opposed to integration yell racial slurs at her.
At the White House unveiling of the painting, President Obama told Bridges, "I think it's fair to say that if it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be here today."
In 1964, the same year "The Problem We All Live With" ran in Look magazine, Rockwell used an illustration to explain his political position, which read:
"I positively know who I'm voting for, but if anyone can guess, I've failed as an old political art pro."
Do you think Norman Rockwell was a Republican or a Democrat? Which candidate do you think he would support in the 2012 race? Do we live in "Norman Rockwell's America"?