Technology policy hasn’t been high list of discussion topics in this year’s election. Yet President Obama echoed the words of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in Tuesday night’s presidential debate.
When asked how he would bring manufacturing jobs — such as the ones Apple has outsourced to China — back to the United States, Obama responded: “There are some jobs that are not going to come back. If we’re not training engineers to make sure that they are equipped here in this country. Then companies won’t come here.”
The exchange prompted The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza to name Apple as both a debate winner and a loser in The Fix’s debate wrap-up.
“ iPad and iPhone both get mentions in the debate! Free publicity! (As if they need anymore!),” he noted. On the other hand, Cillizza said, debate moderator Candy Crowley “noted that they make their products in China! Ouchy.”