Atlanta (CNN) –In an uncomfortable moment during a press availability at his presidential campaign headquarters Wednesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked to hold up a "Newt 2012" t-shirt for the cameras. "We asked for t-shirts to be sent to us and they were made in America," an ABC producer said. "I just picked up that one and it's made in El Salvador."
"It was a big thing when we talked to your campaign people about how you wanted things to be made in America, do you have plans to change things?" the producer asked.
"I'll have to ask the folks who ordered this," Gingrich responded. "I don't order it and I don't do it."
Campaign spokesperson Michelle Selesky said "That was a rush order made by some of the volunteers." Selesky noted the print work on the shirts was done in Atlanta.
"One of the challenges with a volunteer campaign is lots of volunteers do lots of different things," Gingrich said.
Later Gingrich turned the topic to debt talks at a campaign event when he accused President Obama of being too rigid in the debt ceiling negotiations.
"The people who were elected in 2010 are not going to raise taxes," Gingrich said. "The president can pout, he can throw temper tantrums, do 30 minute television explanations of his anguish, it's not going to happen. Instead of having the president accept reality and try to find a way to work with Congress, he's behaved as if though we're in some kind of Imperial system where he gets to dictate the terms."
While Gingrich said he ultimately believes Congress will find a last minute way to avoid default, he thinks negotiations are much different then when he was Speaker of the House and President Bill Clinton was in office.
"Although we disagreed deeply, we understood that we wanted to get things done and we wanted to find a way to work together," Gingrich said in comments very similar to one's he made Tuesday. "He (President Clinton) accepted certain outcomes that president Obama doesn't seem to be able to accept."
The former Speaker made his comments when touring the Genesis Shelter in Atlanta. Genesis provides a home and services for homeless infants and their families.
"There are times in life when people really need systematic intervention and this, Genesis, is one of the places that works very hard to give people a second chance at life and a second chance at creating a positive future," Gingrich said.
After the event he returned to campaign headquarters to thank volunteers, showing up with several boxes of pizza for a group working the phone bank.
A number of Gingrich's top staff resigned in June. Since then, with a campaign reportedly a million dollars in debt, he has been relying on volunteers for outreach, campaigning–and occasionally ordering t-shirts.
"I believe in a positive, solutions-oriented campaign of substance and I think as we now move away from the consultants and back to that model, we're getting more and more coverage and having more and more impact and volunteers are a key part of that," he said.