Gingrich's Campaign Shirts Not 'Made in USA'

Friday, 29 Jul 2011 04:42 AM

By Amy Woods

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An ABC news producer caught former House Speaker Newt Gingrich off guard this week when he noticed the presidential candidate’s “Newt 2012” T-shirts were made in El Salvador.
 
According to a CNN report, the producer asked Gingrich to hold up one of the shirts for the cameras because the television station was under the impression they were “Made in the USA” – a Gingrich talking point.

“It was a big thing when we talked to your campaign people about how you wanted things to be made in America,” the producer said during a news conference in Atlanta. “Do you have plans to change things?”

Gingrich responded, “I'll have to ask the folks who ordered this. I don't order it, and I don’t do it.”

Volunteers ordered the T-shirts, campaign spokeswoman Michelle Selesky said.

Several of Gingrich’s top staff members resigned in June, and since then, his campaign —reportedly $1 million in debt — has turned to a volunteer-based model.

“One of the challenges with a volunteer campaign is lots of volunteers do lots of different things,” Gingrich said.

Volunteers do everything from community outreach, to door-to-door campaigning, to ordering T-shirts.

After the news conference, where he also addressed the debt-ceiling negotiations, Gingrich returned to campaign headquarters with boxes of pizza to thank a group of volunteers working the phone bank.

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