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.

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257 Comments

  1. Since we only had a huge talk in this forum just last week, can we avoid that this time? Let’s talk about what wasn’t mentioned in the above article – and we can blame MDN for this:

    “Mossberg questions Jobs about Mac OS X’s lack of viruses, the tech economy, politics, Apple’s corporate sales, Pixar and more.”

    Yet MDN decided to mention only the political part of the discussion. Much more apropos to this site & this forum would be Jobs’ take on lack of viruses. Next would be Apple’s corporate sales. Next would be the tech economy, followed by Pixar. Finally, one person’s take on politics.

    C’mon MDN, you guys have really gone downhill. How about a little more Mac and a little less politics?!?!?!

  2. Gren,

    Our taxes are too high due to tax increases in previous administrations. Our deficit is growing because of an economic downturn while the current administration has decreased taxes and spent money on fighting wars and rebuilding nations. Judging if that is wise will take a broader view than is currently available.

  3. I’m another Republican Mac user. Personally I think Jobs should stay as far away from politics (from either party) as possible to avoid alienating any potential customers. However it’s a bit late for that now seeing as how he’s “advising” the Kerry campaign, has Al Gore on the board, etc. Personally I don’t care which way Jobs goes and he’s certainly never going to influence the way I vote at the polls, but I still think it’s quite foolish for him to associate his company with one particular political party. It can cause nothing but trouble either way.

  4. “Neither the United States of America nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small. We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation’s security to constitute maximum peril.” –John F. Kennedy

  5. Paul wrote:

    Wow, I did not know that you could be a smart Mac user, and a dumb Republican… That is really confusing!

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    This is just the kind of comment that passes for clever, in the liberal mind.

    Sincerely,

    Jack Ass

  6. Auctoris,

    I see that you can not support your assertion that ‘Kerry voted for the war’, so you have posted a nice quote by JFK.

    … so I will comment on that. Of course what JFK was referring to was the threat of nuclear weapons at our doorstep in Cuba. A fact that is not refuted. Iraq on the other hand did not have stockpiles of chemical weapons, nor a re-constituted nuclear program (one that was dismantled 12 years ago) and there was NO standing unrefutable evidence in support of these things. therefore, the use of JFK’s quote in support of your position on the war in Iraq isn’t logically connected.

  7. I think it should be obvious why Steve would support Kerry. Bush is major bad news for America and the World.

    Reasons why we need to get rid of Bush.

    Record Budget deficit spending
    net loss of Jobs during his Tenure
    His record on the Environment is horrible.
    He totally dropped the Ball pre-9/11
    Ignores the Geneva Conventions
    Continues to support the Patriot Act
    Guantanamo Bay
    Disempowered the UN
    Alienated world opinion against the US
    Fostered atmosphere in which US Troops tortured prisoners
    Smear Campaign tactics
    Didn’t finish the job in Afghanistan
    flip flopped on importance of catching Osama
    Rushed us into a sidetrack war from the War on Terrorism
    Iraq war was based on faulty intelligence – No WMDs
    Established a Preemptive Strikes are OK precedence
    Unduly influenced by the far right religious faction
    Has divided rather than united America
    Sounds like a moron when he talks

  8. Auctoris,
    All I’m saying is that the war cost an amazing amount of cash. I’m not disputing the fact that Kerry voted for it. I love the fact that you Reps are supporting the war and want somebody else to pay for it! That’s amazing!

    David,
    Stop watching Fox”News”. You’ve obviously been brainwashed.

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  9. Gren the delusional writes:

    Your taxes are too high because your president needs your cash for his war. What do you expect? Who do you think should be paying for it? The public school system?
    I’m baffled by your common sense in being a Mac user considering the reasons you will vote for Bush… Weird…

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    Gren, I hate to add to your bafflement, but taxes are LOWER under President Bush – NOT HIGHER. They became higher under (drum roll please)……Bill Clinton, and lower under George Bush.

    The notion that taxes were just fine, that the rates were right were they ought to be before Bush came into office, and now, suddenly, despite Bush having cut taxes ACROSS THE BOARD, they are too high – my goodness you liberals will tell yourselves just about anything in order to sleep well at night.

    Have a baffling day hotshot.

    Sincerely,

    Jack Ass

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