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Lawmakers Rip Ralph Lauren 'Made in China' U.S. Olympic Uniforms; Harry Reid Wants Them Burned: VIDEO


Democratic and Republican lawmakers are equally outraged over Ralph Lauren's Olympic uniforms which are entirely made in China. The AP:

Reid"I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on taxes.

"If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that's what they should wear," he said, referring to an athletic jersey.

The U.S. Olympic Committee defended its choice:

"Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America's finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London."

Watch lawmakers sound off, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I think they look slick and that Harry Reid belongs with a bowl of porridge in a nursing home. What's especially amusing is the slam they look "French" , how outrageous France has red white and blue as THEIR colors, too!

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jul 13, 2012 8:54:41 AM

  2. Yes Mr. Reid, wouldn't that be nice. Perhaps Congress would propose legislation to provide a level of funding for our Olympic athletes. Or better yet, trade policies that would make the production of clothes in the US more attractive to companies such as Ralph Lauren.

    Posted by: Nytenor | Jul 13, 2012 8:57:26 AM

  3. Maybe if they didn't offer companies so many tax break incentives to ship jobs overseas, having 'homegrown' products would be more common.

    Posted by: LiamB | Jul 13, 2012 9:00:02 AM

  4. The U.S. Olympic Committee MUST have strong ties to "Neo Con USA". This is COMPLETELY disgusting!

    Posted by: DavidW | Jul 13, 2012 9:06:58 AM

  5. Are the silly hats and red-white-and-blue ascots optional, I hope? If not, I agree with Reid: Burn 'em!

    Posted by: Keppler | Jul 13, 2012 9:07:32 AM

  6. At some point, everyone is going to have to get used to the fact that it's now a global market and many things are made in China. If we had not over-taxed and messed up our own clothing manufacturing and textile mills here in the U.S., this wouldn't be happening. RL is going to use the least expensive yet highest quality choice in making his clothes, every time. As any smart business person would.

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 13, 2012 9:09:44 AM

  7. Globalization aside, what a stupid, self-inflicted wound, compounded by a complete non-answer.

    Posted by: Butch | Jul 13, 2012 9:16:08 AM

  8. Wow, those outfits are hideous. They're the athletes for the 30th Olympics, not 1930's British aristocracy.

    Posted by: Iko | Jul 13, 2012 9:18:31 AM

  9. Hey Harry, why don't you check the labels in the clothes YOU'RE wearing and see where they're made.

    Posted by: e.c. | Jul 13, 2012 9:21:12 AM

  10. Putting that HUGE ugly polo thing on the front is just pathetic.

    It's supposed to be the USA team, not the friggin' Ralph Lipschitz team.

    Posted by: ugh | Jul 13, 2012 9:24:49 AM

  11. They could of used American Apparel. Their clothes are mad in the USA

    Posted by: Cubscoutii | Jul 13, 2012 9:24:58 AM

  12. Nothing says "Go USA!" like French uniforms made in China!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 13, 2012 9:27:28 AM

  13. UGLY.
    They should be burned on ugliness alone.

    But Ralph Lauren should have made in America.

    Posted by: truthiness | Jul 13, 2012 9:28:31 AM

  14. And they should burn their cell phones and iPads too ...

    Posted by: Don | Jul 13, 2012 9:31:22 AM

  15. I wouldn't object to that "just a singlet" idea for a few of the athletes...... :-)

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 13, 2012 9:36:21 AM

  16. Slow day in the Senate, I'm guessing.

    Posted by: PJW | Jul 13, 2012 9:43:22 AM

  17. Both major parties and the 'American' business community sold the U.S. to communist China a long time ago. They've been part of the WTO and had favored trade status since the 90s, been open for business for over 30 years, and we [the U.S.] have had non-stop trade deficits with them for 30 years.

    If the idea was to increase trade with them, it's failed miserably. All major politicians have been brought off on this issue along with Wall Street and the financial services industry. Is Mr. Reid going to demand trade barriers and tariffs be re-implemented to deal with this joke [on us] called 'free' trade? No.

    On the plus side, China's economic model has also basically failed [it's actually quite foolish in many ways] and they aren't going to be able to maintain their dirt cheap status any long. I predict considerable business will be brought back to the U.S. and Europe. Maybe Mr. Reid can constructively speed up the process, rather than make a calculated manufactured scene about R.L.'s made in China sh*t?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 13, 2012 9:49:43 AM

  18. Oh the outrage! Mind you, both parties have sat back for the past 12 years and watched as ALL our manufacturing jobs and most of our service industry has been off-shored. Where was the outrage then? I guess it wasn't an election year when unfurling the flag and wrapping yourself in it is more important thant the profits they're all making from off-shoring and ruining the American economy. How many in the Senate are wearing clothes made in other countries?

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 13, 2012 9:50:28 AM

  19. The uniforms are great! No matter where they were made, they were great!

    Posted by: Charles | Jul 13, 2012 9:53:13 AM

  20. Congress, if you are so outraged, then quit wasting time trying to repeal Obama's legislation, and maybe pay attention to things here at home like support for our home country athletes who are working their butts off to promote the US on the world stage... your outrage is 'too little, too late'...

    Posted by: Vince | Jul 13, 2012 9:53:49 AM

  21. Ralph Lauren = cheaply made overpriced chinese crap

    Posted by: Jim | Jul 13, 2012 9:59:44 AM

  22. I don't care that the uniforms were made in China.

    The uniforms have a nice, clean classic look. I do think that the large, blatant player on pony logo is in poor taste. It might be okay if it was the equestrian team.

    From the photos on this post, it looks like the males get a double-breasted blazer and the females a single. Most males do not have the build to look good in double-breasted. Hopefully, our athletes are the exception.

    Posted by: AG | Jul 13, 2012 10:05:35 AM

  23. Harry Reid is a very liberal senator who's partially responsible for the DADT repeal, so why don't you guys show a little more respect.

    Posted by: DrJWL | Jul 13, 2012 10:21:57 AM

  24. Those uniforms do look french, but cheap french. Monsieur Lauren should have taken inspiration from the Kennedy clan......they did casual american preppy the best.

    Posted by: excy | Jul 13, 2012 10:22:43 AM

  25. WHAT!? It's THEIR policies that created the economic/political environment in which all of our stuff is made in China!

    They are just playing politics...lame.

    Posted by: Chrisme | Jul 13, 2012 10:35:08 AM

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