In the final moments of the second presidential debate, moderator Candy Crowley asked the candidates how Apple could bring back manufacturing jobs to the U.S.
Crowley prefaced the question by saying that Apple makes the iPhone and iPad in China. Then asked how to get a company like Apple to make more products in the U.S., citing the iPhone and iPad as products made by Apple exclusively in China.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney responded, “First, we’ll have to have [China] play on a fair basis…Second, we have to make America the most attractive place for entrepreneurs, people who want to expand a business, that’s what brings jobs in.”
Crowley then interjected that the U.S. cant pay the low wages that Chinese workers receive, to which President Obama responded, “There are some jobs that are not going to come back. Because they’re low-wage, low-skilled jobs. I want high-wage, high-skill jobs.”
Continuing, Obama said, “That’s why we have to emphasize manufacturing. That’s why we have to invest in advanced manufacturing. That’s why we have to make sure we have the best science and research in the world,” then saying government investment was necessary to “create the next Apple, the next new innovation.”
The exchange begins at the 1:30:00 mark in the above video.