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Several GOP Hopefuls' Campaign Swag Not 'Made in USA'

By Hiram Reisner   |   Wednesday, 03 Aug 2011 08:21 AM

As GOP presidential hopefuls campaign on platforms of improving the economy and reducing unemployment, several might not exactly be helping the causes they espouse. ABC News has found that four of the eight candidates are distributing campaign merchandise that was manufactured overseas.
According to ABC News, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Herman Cain all were doling out T-shirts that were not made in the United States.

T-shirts plugging the candidacies of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachman, Jon Huntsman, and Tim Pawlenty, as well as President Barack Obama, were all “Made in the U.S.A.” ABC News said it chose T-shirts because they are the most ubiquitous of campaign merchandise.

As previously reported, at a campaign stop an ABC News producer was given a Gingrich T-shirt made in El Salvador. The former House speaker said he was unaware they were made overseas and a campaign spokesman said the shirts were a rush order and a mistake.

Cain also said he had not known the shirts were made outside of the United States, ABC News says, while Santorum and Paul used the opportunity to make political statements.

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