Santorum dreaming of a red, white and blue Christmas
November 20th, 2012
03:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Santorum dreaming of a red, white and blue Christmas

(CNN) - Days before American shoppers rush to the stores for Black Friday deals after Thanksgiving, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum joined a political choir urging Americans to buy at home this holiday season.

The Patriot Voice, a non-profit organization Santorum created in June after suspending his bid for the presidency, announced he and his wife, Karen Santorum's, "Made in the USA Christmas Challenge" Tuesday pushing holiday shoppers to buy gifts made in the United States.

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"Whether Republican or Democrat, we can all agree that buying products made here at home makes sense," said Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, who during his White House run touted a "Made in America" plan aimed at deterring job creation in other countries and eliminating U.S. corporate income taxes on companies manufacturing domestically.

Santorum gave former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a run for his money in the GOP primaries earlier this year and won praise from the conservative wing of the party for his stances on abortion and traditional marriage.

The issue of products not manufactured in the United States during tough economic times popped up frequently during the Republican primaries and the general election.

Romney, a successful businessman, was slammed for off-shore tax havens and investing in companies abroad while Republicans hit President Barack Obama for trade policies they said favored businesses shipping jobs overseas.

Amid the flurry of anti-American job creation accusations, the concurrence of a campaign season and the Olympic Games created controversy around the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms. As Team U.S.A. represented the leaders of the free world in London, their uniforms were made in China causing a whirlwind of outrage from both lawmakers and on social media.

Earlier in the presidential contest the issue showed up again when it was found that former Republican candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich's campaign t-shirts were made in El Salvador, an embarrassing moment for a candidate campaigning against companies shipping manufacturing overseas.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Now you figure it out?

    He sent this messege out on his I Pad, the one made in China.

    November 20, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    I doubt any one buys anything on this commercial black Friday–all made in CHINA.

    November 20, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Nice idea, but, considering the fact he backed policies that sent our manufacturing base overseas, a little too late.

    November 20, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Romney is NOT My Hero

    If you look on the back of Santorum's head it reads "Made in China" right next to the 666.

    November 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Is his sweater-vest made in China as well?

    November 20, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Listening

    Such hate

    November 20, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMBAO.....................right Rick.........you don't believe in the American people (at least 47%) why on earth should we listen to you about anything?

    November 20, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. John the Historian

    I can wait for the Santorum/Bachmann ticket for 2016. Let the Republicans be the new minority party of the Christian Right and the corporate elite of Wall Street. What will Santorum do when the Supreme Court legalizes Gay marriage ? Wasn't it funny that the Catholic hierarchy supported the mormon cult follower of Willard. Now that the God of Joseph Smith has been defeated will the Pope of Santorum go the same way ?

    November 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I agree with the buy "Made in U.S.A." philosophy. I've never bought a foreign made or brand car in my life, even if it were built here. What about all of you?

    November 20, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    BLKMANinAmerica

    LMBAO.....................right Rick.........you don't believe in the American people (at least 47%) why on earth should we listen to you about anything
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    What's wrong with buying "Made In U.S.A." products? Yes, he's making a shallow attempt to turn it into votes. That sort of stuff works on the right. But, what's stopping you from not buying "Made In U.S.A." if you can?

    November 20, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Getoverit

    @ Now you figure it out?

    He sent this messege out on his I Pad, the one made in China.
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    Guess he should have bought one of those American Made I Pads. Genius!

    November 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Mike

    Are you serious? What do we make? All those manufacturing companies that your party gave all those tax breaks to have moved out of our country. Once again it shows how completely out of touch republicans are.

    November 20, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. WB

    I think Santorum is a backwards moron. But this is a nice idea.

    November 20, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Grahame Rhodes

    He even looks like David Koresh from the Branch Dravidian's Same idiology as well

    November 20, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. david

    yeah this same "christian" who supported mitt the twit mormon cult member for President, what a sham and fake the "christians in the republican party are!

    November 20, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if more things were made here, but major companies value profits over the country that they started in. If Disney, Matel and Victoria Secret moved all their manufacturing to the US, Europe and Canada, then I would feel better buying their items.

    November 20, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. John

    It will be a merry christmas in 2016 if Santorum is the Republican Presidential candidate. Hillary will go through Santorum like s–t through a goose.

    November 20, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    What is there......that is actually made in the U.S.?

    Every time I go to look for a product, there are NONE made in America.

    Even yesterday, I go to buy a small level, at Lowe's, and my choices are.........Stanley Bostich, made in Thailand..........or a brand I never heard of, made in China.

    That's especially prevalent in retail stores. If you find anything made in America at all, it is ONLY available on line. Then the retailers complain, that people shop on line!

    The socialists voted for the cheapest.......and WalMart provided that. Mostly made in China. Nothing made in America. The rest followed suit.

    November 20, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. sassysticks53

    No thanks! I don't want anything that has Santorum's name attached to it. Crazy, religious, hypocrite moron!

    November 20, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Bob

    American made cars....my last Dodge was made in Canada, my Odyssey was. Made inthe USA as was my Toyota.
    So which are American cars, or more properly made In the USA since America, North, Central and South, includes many nations.

    November 20, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Pk duster

    If every one bought there gifts at home you would lay off millions of people rick said if you went to a public school you were in a factory he is such a smuck

    November 20, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Russ

    Well Rickie baby, if we were all rich like you and all the other congressmen and presidential candidates we would by USA made things, but we're not so we can't and we won't.

    November 20, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Montana dude

    I like the idea of BUY AMERICAN..... However MONTANA MADE is the better idea.

    November 20, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Pk duster

    Say rick why not feed the hungry or may be the monkeys will fef you and mittens

    November 20, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    And he and the rest of the GOP/Teatrolls will still obstruct getting rid of all the loopholes and tax breaks that incentivize shipping jobs overseas.

    Someone please gag this idiot with a condom. Enough is enough out of him.

    November 20, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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