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Wednesday, August 25, 2004, 10:00 am PT (01:00 pm ET)

Steve Jobs addresses Kerry campaign economic advisor rumors

In a recently released transcript of an interview during June's Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs vowed to shy away from politics and commented on his rumored position as economic advisor to the Kerry campaign.

Addressing rumors that he recently signed up as economic advisor to John Kerry, Steve Jobs said, "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."

In the June interview, Jobs said that while he had "offered" his services to the campaign, he was still waiting to see which specific role he would undertake.

Jobs was then asked if he thought Kerry was more tech friendly than President Bush, to which he responded "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."

Later on in the interview Jobs said that in splitting his time between Apple and Pixar, email allows him to remain in touch with both companies pretty much all the time. "It all depends. When we have a movie coming out at Pixar, I'm there more, but I don't direct the movies."

Jobs made several additional comments of interest during interview, which were published exclusively on AppleInsider back in June.