'This Week' Transcript: Sen. John McCain

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And the plate is from Japan.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is there anything made in America on this table?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It doesn't appear to be that way.

MUIR: Even the children's rooms.

What about your Texas hat here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let's see. Bangladesh.

MUIR: So this is your room, huh? And little Ellis. And her prized American Girl dolls. Right there, what does it say? Made in --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: China.

MUIR: In the 1960s, nine of every 10 products Americans bought were made in America. Today, more than half of what we buy is foreign made. So we wondered, could the Usrys manage without any foreign made products at all?

So we're going to ask you, if you would leave your own house in our hands? And they did.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bye, David.

MUIR: You're really going to leave me with your house?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's all yours.

MUIR: Take one last look.

Back inside, we kept going. It was every room of the house. The bedroom. The bedspread, Pakistan. Night stand, Indonesia. The lamp, China.

This is where it's all going. Anything foreign made from inside that house, right in here.

The stove, ripped out. The refrigerator, gone. The piano. That is a heavy piano. And every inch of that trailer filled. And with the sun setting, the Usrys were about to return to this. And this. And this. Their living room, with one lone vase.

What do you think?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wow. It's quite barren.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All of our appliances are gone.

MUIR: We did leave the kitchen sink because the kitchen sink was the only thing made in America.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everything but the kitchen sink. Thank you.

MUIR: But now would come the real challenge. Helping the family scour the country for items to replace what we took away.

Enter the best shopper I know. Armed with her Blackberry and her laptop, Sharyn Alfonsi.

SHARYL ALFONSI: Hi.

(CROSSTALK)

ALFONSI: We immediately started working the computer and decided to start small.

Hi, I'm trying to find out if a certain coffee maker was made in the USA. What's made in America?

(CROSSTALK)

Frustrating, but worth asking, because economists say if we all just spend 1 percent more on American made goods right now, 18 cents a day, that would be 200,000 new jobs today.

And then the moment that made even us sweat. The trucks. All six of them coming down Snow White Drive. Would it be enough to fill this home?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Wow, our American-made room. Oh, wow, wow. This looks great. All American-made?

ALFONSI: All American made.

MUIR: Twenty-four hours ago, you thought this was impossible?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We did.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When you saw how empty the house was.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A little bit skeptical that we'd be able to pull it off. Or you guys.

MUIR: We were skeptical, too. But we found it. In fact, too many American companies to count. Just the living room. Harden, upstate New York. Lee Industries, North Carolina. Mohawk rugs, Georgia. The drapes, New Jersey. And the mirror, Missouri.

But it doesn't come cheap. At least not everything. The lamp, $250. But the drapes, just $40 at J.C. Penney. Remember that first label we checked?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is made in China.

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