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A viewer emailed this to me. He saw Mitt Romney’s interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News. The interview seemed like it fit into the theme this week designed to show the “softer side” of Romney to try to humanize him, make him seem more real and more likeable. During the course of the interview, the Romneys talked about their fondness for shopping at Costco, the giant warehouse shopping store. They talked about how Ann Romney just bought her husband a 3-pack of shirts, “the Kirkland shirts” as she called them.

A friend said he noticed those Kirkland shirts (Costco’s brand) are made in China. I walked through the West Des Moines Costco to check them out. All the long-sleeved button-down shirts I found had labels that showed they were made in China. They were all about $18-20.

Romney uses lines in his stump speeches about how he would cut federal spending. Romney cites whether it’s worth keeping a program if we need to borrow money from China to pay for it. The viewer found this all a bit ironic to hear a candidate keep using China references as a bad thing when he apparently proudly wears part of his attire from that same country.

What do you think? Should a man who wants to become President of the United States be more careful by buying and talking about goods made in the good ol’ USA? Or is that an argument of the past in this new global society that surrounds us?

Here’s the Romney interview. If you don’t want to watch it all, fast forward to about 9 minutes and 47 seconds into the interview.