Santorum: Turn Black Friday Red White and Blue

Joined by family members, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces in Gettysburg that he will suspend his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Still, he said, "we are not done fighting." GENE J. PUSKAR / Associated Press

Rick Santorum is asking Americans to turn Black Friday into Red-White-and-Blue Friday.

How? By participating in the Made in the USA Christmas Challenge organized by Patriot Voices, the grassroots political committee founded by Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and probably will again in 2016.

Patriot Voices wants people to pledge online to buy as many products as they can that are made in the U.S., starting on Black Friday and for the rest of the holiday shopping season.

The effort is on-message for Santorum, a social conservative who stressed the need to revive American manufacturing during his primary campaign. And it should come in handy for Santorum when Christmas Challenge participants will be leaving their names, addresses, cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses as they sign up for the program.