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Elizabeth Edwards says shopping for U.S.-made toys is a challenge
Associated Press ^ | December 21, 2007 | Associated Press staff

Posted on 12/21/2007 11:46:15 PM PST by Baladas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Elizabeth Edwards says avoiding the "Made in China" label on toys is not exactly child's play.

With millions of recalls rolling in this year because of lead in toys, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards vowed during a debate there would be no Chinese made gifts under his Christmas tree. But, the former North Carolina senator says he immediately had to check with his wife to make sure he was right.

The Edwards campaign says the kids will be unwrapping U.S.-made toys, but wouldn't get into the specifics as not to spoil anyone's gifts.


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There are two Americas - the "haves" whose children never get Chinese made gifts under the "Holiday Tree" and everybody else.

Saying that, this should be the least of her problems.

1 posted on 12/21/2007 11:46:18 PM PST by Baladas
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To: Baladas
Elizabeth Edwards says avoiding the "Made in China" label on toys is not exactly child's play.

Sounds like she's been shopping for hubby's love child. When is it due? About three months from now?

2 posted on 12/21/2007 11:49:54 PM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Baladas

Sounds like an endorsement of Duncan Hunter!!!


3 posted on 12/21/2007 11:51:37 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Baladas
but wouldn't get into the specifics

Phhttt

4 posted on 12/21/2007 11:54:37 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Baladas
“With millions of recalls rolling in this year because of lead in toys”

I certainly would rather not buy Chinese, but “millions”?

5 posted on 12/21/2007 11:55:32 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: Baladas
Her husband had no trouble finding a US toy.


6 posted on 12/21/2007 11:58:44 PM PST by iowamark
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To: babygene

Millions of toys recalled perhaps, but there was only a handful of large scale recalls.

I still don’t get it though. Why are we worried about a people who can barely produce Elmo dolls? If they can’t even get a toy train right, HOW in God’s name will they get an F-35 right?


7 posted on 12/22/2007 12:03:18 AM PST by Bastiat_Fan (Please don't call me a PaulTard... Surrender Monkey is in much better taste)
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To: Baladas

She is right on this, though.


8 posted on 12/22/2007 12:04:42 AM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: Bastiat_Fan

Everyone said the same about the Japanese before Pearl Harbor. “Ignorant monkeys, can’t build anything but cheap junk.”


9 posted on 12/22/2007 12:06:51 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

He sure does have a weird taste in women.


10 posted on 12/22/2007 12:08:29 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: Baladas

Maybe she should quit shopping and pay attention to her marriage — although john’s not much of a catch.


11 posted on 12/22/2007 12:09:33 AM PST by tioga (Dear Santa..........I can explain....)
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To: AlaskaErik

Silky Pony collects Barbie Dolls and accessories, and Elizabeth was worried that the new Ken doll that he wants so much might be tainted.


12 posted on 12/22/2007 12:11:26 AM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: iowamark

Even if people at the time said that, Im not sure what we gain by not trading with them. During world War II, we fought a two front war against 2 of the most powerful countries of the day, as we were ending the most extended depression of our history. Yet we won, because our way of government was so superior. We won the Cold War because we were able to spend the Soviets into submission. They spent HALF their money on the military, we spent 10%. A communist country of comparable size will never be able to beat a capitalist country.

Whether we trade with them or not, they will continue to expand their military. However, just like the Soviet Union, they will never be able to beat us. Free will and capitalism with always trump the Communist police state. Were it to ever come to war (which I doubt it ever will) it would be bloody, but in the end, they will never be able to prevail.


13 posted on 12/22/2007 12:25:30 AM PST by Bastiat_Fan (Please don't call me a PaulTard... Surrender Monkey is in much better taste)
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To: Bastiat_Fan

You get an A on that report.


14 posted on 12/22/2007 12:29:57 AM PST by eyedigress
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To: eyedigress

Lol, did I get a little preachy? Eh, oh well. People have a tendency to call me names if I don’t spell out everything completely. Free-Traitor, Surrender Monkey, etc. etc. It gets tiring.

In short, if I use enough words, people don’t want to take the effort to argue ;)


15 posted on 12/22/2007 12:34:04 AM PST by Bastiat_Fan (Please don't call me a PaulTard... Surrender Monkey is in much better taste)
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To: BnBlFlag
Bull. 10 minutes using a search engine or search directory will reveal a plethora of USA kids toys, as well as anything for anybody (barring electronics).


16 posted on 12/22/2007 12:43:38 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Bastiat_Fan

toys with date rape drugs, toys painted with lead base, and such are one thing.....

military, or defense items they will get right, believe me


17 posted on 12/22/2007 12:46:45 AM PST by malia ( The Media is ignoring you FRED THOMPSON but I'm not !!!! Fight fire with fire !!!!!!)
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To: Baladas

Time to suit US toy makers. /s


18 posted on 12/22/2007 12:52:46 AM PST by stocksthatgoup (Number 1 FredHead)
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To: malia

Here’s the thing, how in the world are they going to compete with us? They don’t have the know how to build a stealth plane, or submarines on par with ours, or tanks up to our standards. So long as they have such an unfree economy, they will never be able to catch up.

It’s a bad example, I know, but its like reading. We learned by phonics, they learned by some new age crap. They will never be able to compete with the people that learned by phonics (terrible example, my brain doesn’t work tonight, I’m sorry). We build and design computers, airplanes, and spacecrafts. They build Hot Wheels toy cars designed by Americans. There is no contest.


19 posted on 12/22/2007 12:55:55 AM PST by Bastiat_Fan (Please don't call me a PaulTard... Surrender Monkey is in much better taste)
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To: Baladas
When I was a kid, we were soooo poor ... (Q: How poor were you?)... that if I didn't wake up Christmas morning with a _____, I didn't have nuttin to play with.

sorry, my apologies

21 posted on 12/22/2007 3:32:35 AM PST by moonman
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To: malia

They Steal & Copy from the best.


22 posted on 12/22/2007 4:21:56 AM PST by a_chronic_whiner (FRED 08)
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To: Just mythoughts
Have you taken the pledge yet? I have.

Poll Results :
1) Do you agree with Rep. Hunter that China is cheating on trade and that the U.S. consumer needs to be protected from unsafe products made in China?
(45.44%)
(4.56%)
2) Would you also join with Rep. Hunter and pledge to make your holidays purchases "Made in America"?
(40.33%)
(9.67%)

“Let’s buy American this Christmas season.” - Duncan Hunter


23 posted on 12/22/2007 4:29:14 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: All

Actually, something positive from the Edwards (cant believe I said that)

So much manufacturing is done in Commie China now that we may not have any superiority over them when it comes to manufacturing defense materiel. No matter how crappy Commie China products are....if they can make more faster than we can...is a problem for the US

It would be wise for national security reasons to cut the free trade w Commie China...and bring the manufacturing back here. If companies suffer because they cant rely on Commie China anymore...tough. Our national security is more important than some company who doesnt want to manufacture in America


24 posted on 12/22/2007 4:33:33 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Duncan Hunter for President: Lets Build That Border Fence)
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To: Baladas; Man50D
Part of the reason it can be so hard to find US made toys is that US mfgrs have been driven out of business by foreign mfgrs who can undersell us - in big part due to the fact that the US tax code rewards those who import to the US - and simultaneously punishes US mfgrs.

It is unbelievable that this "foreign aid" goes largely unnoticed.

25 posted on 12/22/2007 4:35:28 AM PST by Principled (Vaporize the "Divide and Conquer" taxes - Have everyone pay the same marginal rate!. NRST!)
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To: Baladas
Toys??????

Try finding American-made steel.

America's economy & defense is so dependent on China that I consider it a National Security issue!

26 posted on 12/22/2007 4:37:46 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Principled
Part of the reason it can be so hard to find US made toys is that US mfgrs have been driven out of business by foreign mfgrs who can undersell us - in big part due to the fact that the US tax code rewards those who import to the US - and simultaneously punishes US mfgrs.

It is unbelievable that this "foreign aid" goes largely unnoticed.


I suspect it is slowly getting more notice as support for The Fair Tax grows knowing that The Fair Tax will eliminate the 17% competitive advantage foreign countries have over the U.S.
27 posted on 12/22/2007 4:43:57 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Baladas; All
If you're John Edwards, just try to use your influence to get a PlayStation 3 from Wal-Mart!Edwards blames "volunteer" for trying to get Wal-Mart to get him a new video game. But of course he WOULD do that, wouldn't he?
28 posted on 12/22/2007 5:21:08 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: Baladas

Gee, aren’t the crimaliens flocking here to make the toys Americans won’t make for themselves?


29 posted on 12/22/2007 6:26:12 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Baladas

She must not shop much. Finding ANYTHING in stores that is not made in China is a challenge.


30 posted on 12/22/2007 6:48:01 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: iowamark

LOL!


31 posted on 12/22/2007 7:31:28 AM PST by shiva
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To: AlaskaErik

Funny, how the “Edwards Love Child” story just POOF....went away!


32 posted on 12/22/2007 7:34:04 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: TexasCajun
America's economy & defense is so dependent on China that I consider it a National Security issue!

We can't make enough ammunition, have contracted w/ Israel and others for small arms ammo.
Remember the Chinese berets for the Army?

And civilian,
Food from all over the world,
Salmon--Chile
Shrimp--Thailand
Catfish--China
We can't even feed ourselves,
Wheat gluten--China
Most vitamins--Asia
I take a Merck drug,Vytorin--Singapore!
And OIL

I used to work in the HVAC industry,
GE motors--Mexico
All Thermostats--Mexico, Asia
Even compressors--Asia

We are in sad,sad shape. Totally dependent on trade for a way of life and security.

33 posted on 12/22/2007 8:09:44 AM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Calpernia

BTTT with a YES!!!


34 posted on 12/22/2007 8:21:34 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Baladas

I think it’s especially a challenge shopping for toys for your husband’s mistress’s unborn child. Maybe she asked for extra lead in those binkies and teethers.


35 posted on 12/22/2007 12:36:21 PM PST by Yaelle (FRED, the most intelligent choice)
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To: Baladas
Dear Mrs. Edwards:

Shopping is a lot easier if you send one of your menials to Wal-Mart to butt in line in front of all those people from the "other America".

36 posted on 12/22/2007 12:43:29 PM PST by Fresh Wind (Scrape the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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To: Ann Archy

MONEY TALKS!


37 posted on 12/22/2007 1:19:25 PM PST by chiefqc
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