Following recent public outcry that the ceremonial uniforms U.S. athletes wear at the Olympics are made in China, clothes designer Ralph Lauren announced that beginning in 2014, athletes’ uniforms will be Made in America after all. They will not change the uniforms this year, but the public’s strong support for Buy America won the day for the future.
Good thing Mitt Romney wasn’t making the decision. He told ABC News on Friday, just before Lauren made his announcement, that it really didn’t matter where the uniforms are made. When asked whether workers in the United States should make the uniforms, here’s what Romney said:
You know, I'm not going to weigh in on that. I'm sure the Olympic Committee has sponsorship agreements and such that are involved in something of this nature. The Olympic Games are about the athletes and we're going to watch the athlete perform and these other matters are extraneous….
Meanwhile, Romney’s wife, Ann, has an expensive show horse that’s flying over to the Olympics in London to take part in a "horse ballet" (dressage). So ABC News gave Romney another chance to answer in the manner of someone who supports U.S. working people. Would Romney encourage the team to wear made in the USA uniforms?
I'm not going to get into the uniform issue. There are big issues associated with the Olympics: the security of the games, the readiness of our athletes and that's what I'm going to focus on, hopefully when I get to cheer on the people who are going to be supporting and representing our country.
Really, Mitt? Bigger issues than creating jobs in this country?