Apple CEO Steve Jobs: ‘I’m going to just stay away from all that political stuff’

“At the Wall Street Journal’s D conference, technology columnist Walt Mossberg took Apple CEO Steve Jobs through a comprehensive grilling session,” Always On reports. Mossberg questions Jobs about Mac OS X’s lack of viruses, the tech economy, politics, Apple’s corporate sales, Pixar and more. An excerpt:

Mossberg: Correct me if I’ve described this wrong, but I think it was announced that you recently signed up as economic advisor to John Kerry? Is that the right way to say it? What’s that all about?

Jobs: I called him up and said that I’ve had a little bit of experience with advertising and I’d be glad to help him on advertising. Then a week later I read that I was an economic advisor.

Mossberg: So are you an advertising advisor? Are you an economic advisor, or are you involved in their campaign to some extent?

Jobs: I’ve offered to be. We’ll see what they take me up on.

Mossberg: Do you think he’s more tech friendly than President Bush, or is it broader issues in your mind that pull you that way?

Jobs: Some people have said that I shouldn’t get involved politically because probably half our customers are Republicans – maybe a little less, maybe more Dell than ours. But I do point out that there are more Democrats than Mac users so I’m going to just stay away from all that political stuff because that was just a personal thing.

Full article here.

257 Comments

  1. Exactly how does steve know more apple users are democrats???? (Republican here.)

    The most public Mac user in the U.S. is the Rush Limbaugh – conservative Republican to the max.

    Anybody ever seen a photo of Democrat and Apple board member Al gore ever use a Mac or any Apple computer????

  2. Conservative Mac user here. Vote Republican. I do so because my taxes are too high, I believe in personal responsibility, the sanctity of life, and the preservation of traditional values. I choose a mac because it is the best choice for me. I choose to cast my vote for Bush/Cheney in Nov. because it is the best choice for me – although I wish Bush would be less liberal when it comes to federal spending.

  3. Republican Mac user here. Glad to finally hear a well-known figure say he’s going to avoid talking politics. I wish more of them would follow his lead. Proves Steve is smart after all.

  4. he just said, “like, maybe….i dunno….its a personal thing” so…he’s just guessing, folks. if the country is as evenly split as it seems, it seems reasonable for someone’s guess to fall to one side or the other based on their own anecdotal evidence.

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