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
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(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.”

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fourCatssoon
Mar 8, 2011 4:40 AM CST
What's new? This guy is an old angry man, who married a rich women that owns 7 homes and he does not even know where the closets are in each home. He is and Old Angry man who have ever spent his time, if only the married the current Governor of Arizona that would have been a perfect pair, 2 ugly mental failures in the same state. They are the Winners!
Person12345
Mar 7, 2011 2:57 PM CST
Seriously, McCain is incapable of doing his job, he's old, getting senile and he needs to retire. Seems like the only way to get rid of these old farts is to wait for them to get carried out in a coffin. He's part of the problem in Washington, so he can't/won't be part of the solution.
tomodachi
Mar 7, 2011 2:36 PM CST
McCain... one of the 30 dirty Republican Senators. Shame on him and all republicans like him... and shame on anybody who voted him back into the Senate. (clipped from article) In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and “warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.” (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies like KBR “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Speaking on the Senate floor, Franken said: The constitution gives everybody the right to due process of law … And today, defense contractors are using fine print in their contracts do deny women like Jamie Leigh Jones their day in court. … The victims of rape and discrimination deserve their day in court [and] Congress plainly has the constitutional power to make that happen. (unclip) The democrats are not great... but the republicans are evil. They spout off about the Constitution and then allow corporations to piss all over it by voting to deny victimized citizens their right to due process. The republicans are evil.