Star-studded list of tech execs to endorse President Bush for another term

“A star-studded list of technology executives on Wednesday will endorse President Bush for another term, saying they believe the Republican candidate’s positions are a better choice for the high-tech industry. The endorsement at a Seattle event by the group of executives, including Dell Chairman Michael Dell, Teledesic Chairman Craig McCaw, and Microsoft Executive Vice President Bob Herbold, represents the latest round of jockeying between Republicans and Democrats over which presidential candidate can claim the most tech-friendly stance,” Declan McCullagh reports for CNET News.com.

“The event coincides with the release of a short Web video clip, titled “Innovators,” that features tech leaders touting Bush. The video clip also includes eBay CEO Meg Whitman, Barksdale Management CEO Jim Barksdale and Autodesk Chairman Carol Bartz,” McCullagh reports. “‘After several tough years, tech is bouncing back,” Bartz says in the video. “This is due in no small measure to this administration’s pro-growth policies.’ Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers adds that Bush ‘understands the key high-tech issues,’ such as how best to deploy broadband connections.”

“Like Bush, Democratic candidate John Kerry has made outreach attempts in Silicon Valley, which have included landing Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs as an informal adviser,” McCullagh reports. “But Kerry’s views run the risk of alienating some technology executives. He has told the AFL-CIO that he is critical of ‘excessive’ executive compensation and added that ‘I also support expensing stock options.’ Bush, on the other hand, has in the past said he supports the current mechanism of expensing stock options.”

Full article here.

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247 Comments

  1. Looking at the names on that list, are you really surprised they support Bush?

    And do you think their endorsement will swing a single vote to Bush that he wasn’t going to get anyway?

  2. I don’t have a problem with the article. I do have a problem with the companies and people supporting the idiot in the white house and his tech friendly (solely having to do with money and making more of it) policies.

    You have got to be kidding.

    this is the idiot that doesn’t read newspapers and have people explain the “truth” daily he best “‘understands the key high-tech issues” and the example they give is that he happened to make a speech about everybody having broadband. Puh-lease.

  3. And I have a problem with Steve Jobs using his Reality Distortion Field� to attempt to make Kerry seem like someone who’s actually qualfied to be President.

    Thank goodness, there are some things that even Steve isn’t capable of.

  4. What would be suprising is a guy running a company that makes him more than $200,000 a year who would NOT support Bush. If someone like that can actually look past his own tax break and realize that this country would be more healthy if it had anyone but GW in office, then I would be impressed. Oh wait, Steve Jobs fits that description…

  5. Now that the floodgates are open…

    I have to say this is probably one of very few times I’ll actually agree with a group that includes Michael Dell and Microsoft and completely disagree with Steve Jobs. I can’t support “the idiot” democratic candidate who’s definition of the “truth” changes depending on which way the wind is blowing at the moment…

  6. Most of the tech industry seems to understand which candidate is best for the economy (of which workers are a part). I guess even SJ has his limitations…

  7. Citizen X, John Kerry isn’t called Mr. Flip Flop for nothing…Bush is all over Kerry on his issues. Kerry is such a boneheaded politician.

    The man’s plan for defending this country is to negotitate with the terrorists. What the hell kind of plan is that?!?

    Who’s the idiot now?

  8. – Highest gas prices ever…
    – More outsourcing for tech companies (less jobs for Americans)
    – Easier to hire Mexicans for dirt cheap wages
    – Industry allowed to keep polluting the environment at break neck speeds
    – Biggest Deficit increase i n American history (you think this is gonna come back and bite us in the ass?)

    I can see why some head honcho who is making tons of cash would want to vote for GW, but I see no reason why anyone who makes less than say $200,000 would want to vote for him…

  9. I don’t see how this relates to Apple. It’s more related to tech heavyweights, which happens to include Mr. Jobs.

    Anyway, I can’t wait until election year is over so we can concentrate on Apple stuff and taking down Microsoft, instead of beating up on eachother.

    MDN, can you promise not to put up any politics-related stuff unless it’s really important during non-president election years? It would be nice to have 3 years off from presidential politics…

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