With major political races ready to intensify over the next year, made-in-the-USA promotional products are poised to become hot sellers in the months ahead. In addition to the presidential campaign, the end of 2015 and 2016 will see candidates across the nation sparring for congressional seats in Washington, as well as vying for spots in statehouse legislatures.
Keen to paint themselves as patriotic and supportive of American jobs, many candidates are seeking to invest in branded merchandise that is produced in the United States. Presidential candidates are foremost among them. “We take great pride in that 100% of our products are made in the United States, without exception,” reads a message on Democrat Hillary Clinton’s web store. “That means with each purchase you are supporting Hillary for America, and also American manufacturing jobs.”
Meanwhile, spokespeople for Republicans Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio told CBS News that all their candidates’ merchandise is made in the USA, and a spokesman for Rand Paul said all of Paul’s promotional products are either made in America or printed here, though some products are manufactured abroad. “Unfortunately, not all products sold in the U.S. are American made, but we are continually looking for products to offer that are.”