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Republican Senator says that the GOP is the "iPhone party"

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Republican Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee, has turned smartphones into political symbols. During the Republicans' weekly radio speech on Saturday, Alexander said that the government should be more like Apple. The senator said that Apple's products are designed  "to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life." He added that, "Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party."

Alexander gave examples of what an "iPhone government" would include, such as school vouchers, and more state control over Medicaid. "Just imagine the Internal Revenue code, the Food and Drug Administration or the Labor Department enabling you rather than ordering you around," the senator said.

To put the exclamation point on his idea that an iPhone party would help empower U.S. citizens, he called for Americans to submit their own ideas on ways to take the government out of their lives. "We'll learn from you," said Alexander.

The smartphone in general hasn't been much of a political animal, although President Obama's feelings for his BlackBerry has come up from time to time. In 2011, President Obama attended a dinner with SiliconValley's most famous executives, including then Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The late Apple co-founder gave the president an Apple iPad 2 which he still uses to this day.

We might add that a smartphone app might have cost Mitt Romney the presidency in 2012. The app was used by Romney workers to conduct an exit poll on Election Day. Hours before the polls closed, the app showed ROmney winning the presidency with an electoral vote count of 290 to 300. As it turned out, the assumptions were all wrong.

Here's a good question. If the GOP does become known as the "iPhone party," what smartphone does that make the Democrats?

source: CNN

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posted on 20 Apr 2014, 04:19 26

1. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3171; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Isn't a dictatorship more like an iPhone? ;)

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 09:26 3

22. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Wel said.

Apple is a cry baby, they are so scared.

Apple knows if they add 2014 specs in its devices it will cost them so much, that they won't make profits like they did in there previous iteration devices.

Apple does not love to give, but know less is more expensive,,,,. But you do get a Apple logo which costs them peanuts to make.

Great way to milk money out...

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 12:14 1

34. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Because obviously everyone has to like the same thing, and want the same thing, amiright? You act like Apple is the only one who looks out for there bottom line. IMO, experience > specs. That's why the Moto X was so good. It didn't focus on specs just because. Same goes for Windows Phone (pre GRD 3). These things proved you don't need octa-core devices for a smooth, pleasant, experience.

"Apple does not love to give, but know less is more expensive,,,,. But you do get a Apple logo which costs them peanuts to make."

I'd also like to point out, there laptops are actually very competitively priced (a Windows powered model with similar specs costs the same). The same goes for the Mac Pro. Not sure about the Mini, though. You could likely find a better spec'ed window model for less.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 12:49 3

36. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Also, iPhones are dated in many respects, having been slow to change, while many of its users live in a state of ignorant bliss, unaware of the facts to the point where they think it's the best thing going.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 04:21 3

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


IMO it's like Democrats are more "iPhone" and Republicans are like Blackberry (not new ones, but the old, qwerty models).

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 12:06 3

33. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Not to mention Apples political views are far more liberal than conservative.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 07:59 1

45. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 900; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


But the policies are 100% like Apple. Favor the rich, very close (minded) and abuse cheap labor in other countries.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 18:07

46. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Same could be said about Microsoft and Google. All these Tech Companies are "liberal" because their target audience are children are overwhelming leaning left. Truth is they don't care, they want money.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 04:21

3. marlboro (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


METAL vs PLASTIC

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 04:27

4. Jehovah (Posts: 69; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


Do we Nokia Windows Phone fans have a party?

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 05:33 9

8. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yeah. Nokia's going away party.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 06:18 1

10. LAFN (Posts: 58; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


Like Windows Phone it will be a new party that has a nice blend of customization, security and stability. Its time for a new party!

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 15:09 1

42. stealthd (unregistered)


Third party candidate (gets no votes).

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 04:41 4

5. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


So basically both Dem & Rep are "iPhone" party.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 05:22

6. sadiqahmed (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


So where's the google/android party?

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 06:28 1

13. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Neither of them are the Android party...

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 08:36 5

17. jellmoo (Posts: 1864; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Libertarians.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 11:00 1

28. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


The Anarchy "Party".

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 05:31 7

7. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Yeah Repugnant-can party is already like the iphone. Apple has the bulk of its "JOBS" overseas, and a lot of the Repugnantcans have their money overseas. America is the loser in all of this in my opinion. Make more iphones at here at home, and stop hiding overseas bank accounts. O.o

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 05:37 11

9. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


A senate member promotes apple iPhone openly and no one bats an eye.........Obama becomes a part of selfie of Samsung phones and everyone loses their mind.....

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 10:28 2

26. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It's called "choice." Lamar Alexander, who is a first-rate D-bag who has cost his state jobs (Re: VW), chose to endorse the iPhone. The President didn't choose to be a part of Samsung's advertising.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 11:19 3

32. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3171; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Politicians should stay the hell away from endorsement. If they choose so or not. Thomas Jefferson once phrased separation of state and church. I think this is more true for state and business. Since companies don't have the people's best interest in heart, just their own.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 13:34

40. 14545 (Posts: 1664; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


How exactly did he cost his state jobs? Please don't bring up the thug UAW that lost due to their own failings in the current automakers that they deal with regularly. I'm not a "line" employee, but if I were, I would tell the UAW to get bent too.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 06:23 3

12. TheNeighbor (Posts: 261; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Wow, like iPhones are made in China. Imagine the parallelism to that. The making of a product at the expense cheap 3rd World labor.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 06:33 9

14. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Democrips and Rebloodicans...both parties are the equivalent of gangs. Neither party is doing anything for America.
If only people in America would stop voting for either party as they treat them like sports teams, except neither party cares for its constituents. Unless said constituents are corporations.
Only about half of possible voters even voted in the last election. We basically live in a Corporate Oligarchy as the latest Princeton University study shows.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 10:34

27. 14545 (Posts: 1664; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Eggactly.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 06:54

15. Kwiss1200 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)


Go figure....?

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 07:08 3

16. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1228; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


If you don't agree with Networkdood go jump off of a cliff.... You are already dead.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 09:50

23. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Lol..thanks

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 08:36 2

18. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Disgustingly !
Using the US politics to advertize Apple , and no reaction.??? And menial media find it even nice:-) )
(But one selfie with Obama, made the menial iMedia mad, and to made scanal of it. Even they demanded a statement)
ROTFL

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