Rick Santorum: Only Buy Christmas Gifts Made In The USA

The former GOP presidential candidate issued a Christmas challenge to turn Black Friday into "Red White and Blue Friday."

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Former republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum takes a picture of attendees at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention.
Former republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum takes a picture of attendees at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention.

If Rick Santorum had his way, the North Pole would be based in America.

In an email to supporters of his grassroots group "Patriot Voices" Tuesday, the former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate unveiled a "Made in the USA Christmas Challenge."

"We want you to ... buy as many Christmas and holiday presents as you can that are made right here in the U.S.," reads the email from Santorum and his wife, Karen. "As you hit the stores on Black Friday, be mindful of who's made what you're buying."

On the Patriot Voices website, supporters are urged to turn Black Friday into "Red White and Blue Friday."

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Former republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum takes a picture of attendees at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention.
Former republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum takes a picture of attendees at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention.

Almost 200 people have signed up for the challenge so far.

The majority of Christmas gifts bought in the U.S. are likely made overseas. Some 80 percent of toys and 40 percent of clothing bought in America are made in China, according to the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. And the Los Angeles Times reports that most consumer electronics are assembled abroad.

But American-made gifts may be easier to find this holiday season than in seasons past. According to theTimes, many retailers are responding to consumers worried about the struggling economy by hawking products made here at home.

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  • Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook or reach her at eflock@usnews.com.