Gingrich campaign t-shirts: Not 'Made in the USA'
July 27th, 2011
08:34 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich campaign t-shirts: Not 'Made in the USA'

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.

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soundoff (40 Responses)

    Everybody makes mistakes.

    July 27, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Jeffer65

    Give it up Newt. You don't have a chance, and I don't believe you are really interested in being Prez.

    July 27, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. spanglish

    That is right every time I buy something,the label says otherwise, made in China, Taiwan, India, Guatemala,Brazil,Mexico,Honduras, Korea,Japan , and now GM is Italian, what a joke it seems that the Unions have kick aout the companies

    July 27, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Someone must have heard that he wanted it made in the Americas; heard an extra "s" in there. So, I guess if that was the case, then it is okay. Gingrich is so not going to make unless some one coughs up several million dollars and lots more staff join up that can make adjustments for the wild statemens that Gingrich makes.

    July 27, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Gemini Girl

    CNN, why do you even bother putting anything to do with Newt on your article blogs? Even the cable channels rarely put anything about him on the air, they know that he just doesn't have a change in heck, he has too too much baggage to every be taken seriously again, just like the Wasilla Quitta....LOL

    July 27, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. BJ

    Do what isay not what I do!!! true partriot ?

    July 27, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. Trip

    I would not trust this guy any further than I could throw him.

    July 27, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. bill

    Unemployment is over 9%, the market was down almost 200 points, obama and the demoncrats haven't had a budget in over 2 years and ABC is worried about a T-shirt. I wish they would ask obama where his budget plan is.

    July 28, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. david bidlack

    can't wait to see this old ragan "supply side trickle down economics" looser go back to his state retire and shut his big mouth up. he is a big blow heart ideology of the past that has hurt this country and its people badly! in texas the say about guys like this that the are "all hat and no cattle". bull crapers!

    July 28, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  10. jdude

    This is news? China, among other lower income states, have helped destroy production in the US, including t-shirts. Politicians, and the like, boasting that they can turn around productive capability in this country within 5 or 10 years are clueless.

    July 28, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  11. Balls McGhee

    Obama did not pout nor throw a temper tantrum. And he does have the power, under the Constitution, to veto any bill he chooses. Gingrich and the GOP are the ones pouting when Obama says he is going to veto things. This is called "GET OVER THE FACT THAT A DEMOCRAT IS THE PRESIDENT."

    July 28, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. A Real Patriot

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

    Hmmm..."you'll have to talk to Tiffany's" regarding my expense account....

    Can this man take responsibility for anything? And he wants to be President?


    July 28, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |

    This is a ghost campaign with no money or support. Cain and Pawlenty are walking the same route . Our great President can just sit back and watch them drop off

    July 28, 2011 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  14. Good grief!

    I thought Gingrich had faded away into the sunset.

    July 28, 2011 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  15. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Aww, poor irrelevant Newtie. And no, Newter, there is nothing wrong with President Obama stating the obvious: The GOBPbaggers and their cult of corrupt corporatism care more about the greedy than the needy. It's called using the "bully pulpit." Look it up; you claim to be a professor.

    July 28, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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