McCain Goofs on iPhone's Origins

He claims iPads, iPhones 'built in the USA,' but his rep says he knows better

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 7, 2011 11:54 AM CST

(Newser) – Sen. John McCain slipped up yesterday on This Week when he claimed that iPads and iPhones are built in the good old US of A. McCain was talking about the importance of free trade agreements when he made the error, noting that “it's obviously a recognition of the reality and the trends, that cheaper, lower-cost labor products will usually prevail over products made in higher wage and income countries” before saying, “I would also point out that … an iPad or an iPhone, those are built in the United States of America.”

Actually, as those particular products say on their boxes, they are “Designed by Apple in California” but “Assembled in China.” McCain went on to close his case, saying that he agrees with President Obama that “innovation is the key to us being able to restore our economy. And that's got to be exports. We've got to have free trade agreements.” When questioned by CNN about the mistake, McCain’s office said the senator “is aware they were designed but not assembled in the US.”

In this photo provided by CBS News Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks about the revolution in Egypt on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Washington.
In this photo provided by CBS News Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks about the revolution in Egypt on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Washington.   (AP Photo, CBS, Chris Usher)
U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., center right, and John McCain, R-Ariz., center left, talk to gathering Egyptians at Tahrir Square.
U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., center right, and John McCain, R-Ariz., center left, talk to gathering Egyptians at Tahrir Square.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Ismail)
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gestures as he delivers remarks during an election night rally in Phoenix in this Nov. 4, 2008, file photo.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gestures as he delivers remarks during an election night rally in Phoenix in this Nov. 4, 2008, file photo.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)
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John McCain's slip-up comes very early on in the interview.   (ABC News)

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