11 campaigns are selling Made in the USA SWAG on their websites. Will others join them?
If you have been staying up-to-date with the 2016 presidential candidates, you know that there are now five Democrats and 16 Republicans all vying for the White House (and counting).
And with all those campaigns come online campaign stores.
It used to be that if you supported a candidate for president, you might have worn a campaign pin. But now there is a variety of merchandise that you can buy, and many of it is Made in America.
Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders join Republicans John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul in leading the way when it comes to selling campaign products that are made in America.
Political enthusiasts and supporters of the candidates can purchase T-shirts, baseball hats, lawn signs, cell phone cases, bumper stickers and more. Paul even held a T-shirt design contest, and the winning designs are now being sold on his campaign store website.
Here’s a sampling of some the Made in America items being sold on presidential campaign websites:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: All of Clinton's campaign merchandise appears to be Made in America.
Our favorite: The Everyday Pantsuit Tee
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt): All of Sanders' campaign merchandise appears to be Made in America.
Our favorite: Blue Honk Bumper Sticker
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): All of Rubio's campaign merchandise appears to be Made in America.
Our favorite: The Marco Polo (Get it?)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas): All of Cruz's campaign merchandise appears to be Made in America.
Our favorite: Cruz 2016 Coozie 6-Pack
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: Some of Huckabee's campaign merchandise is Made in America, including polos, T-shirts, yard signs, and campaign buttons.
Our favorite: “I like Mike” Red T-shirt
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Some of Perry's campaign merchandise is Made in America, including clothing items.
Our favorite: Baseball Hat
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): Some of Paul's campaign merchandise is Made in America, including embroidered hats, a MacBook laptop skin cover, Beats headphones skins, and posters.
Our favorite: Rand Macbook Skin
But note: Paul has recently come under fire for claiming that all of the merchandise sold in his campaign store is 100 percent made or printed in the USA. Paul is currently selling a shirt on his website that reads "Defeat the Washington Machine, Unleash the American Dream." However, “Made in Guatemala” is printed on the label.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: He doesn't have a campaign store up yet, but Jindal is offering a limited edition Made in the USA T-shirt.
As election season rolls on, we hope that more candidates from both parties begin selling Made in America products.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Some of Walker's merchandise is Made in America, including T-shirts, coffee mugs, baseball hats, and a fleece pullover.
Our favorite: Walker Logo Fleece Pullover
Ohio Gov. John Kasich: All of Kasich's merchandise appears to be Made in America.
Our favorite: Kasich for America Mug
Donald Trump: The real estate tycoon's store features all '100% Made in the USA' campaign gear.
Our favorite: Make America Great Again Cap
And be warned, 2016 presidential contenders: We'll be calling out those of you who decide to go offshore to supply your campaign merchandise.
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