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John McCain Defines Rich as Over $5 Million


Guess what? McCain's rich, and he also probably cheated at the Saddleback Church forum. As the Huffington Post notes, a man's shoes say quite a bit about him.


Phoenix $4.6 million
Coronado, CA $2.1 million
Sedona, AZ $1.9 million
Coronado, CA $2.7 million
La Jolla, CA $1 million
Arlington, VA $847,000

Of course there's nothing wrong with having money, but there's something to be said about how you treat it, as this new clip from Brave New Films illustrates:

Two more new clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

The DNC released the web ad above yesterday. And below, Keith Olbermann's report on McCain's "cone of silence" during the Saddleback Church forum.

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  1. now didn't jebus say something about a rich man trying to get into the kingdom of heaven -- so that takes care of the saddleback jebus debates -- no matter, mcbush will be president, so you all best get over it... hail to the chief..

    Posted by: the queen | Aug 19, 2008 10:18:49 AM

  2. What does he need three homes in San Diego for

    Posted by: Dan B | Aug 19, 2008 10:28:02 AM

  3. Better than the damned Dem's definition which is anyone who makes over $50K. I'm just sayin

    Posted by: Shane | Aug 19, 2008 10:44:08 AM

  4. Wow, life styles of the very rich and famous, and, to think there are still people struggling to get by in places like Ohio, Michigan and west Virginia just to name a few places who will vote for this guy. Just like the current dimwit in office, they have no clue, and, could care less about regular Americans.

    But, have to give them, the GOP, credit, they know how to dupe the dimwitted into voting for them with fear and lies, when they stand against everything that matters to everyday people.

    Posted by: Juan Pablo | Aug 19, 2008 10:51:59 AM

  5. Are any of his homes mortgaged, thereby reducing his net worth?

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 19, 2008 10:52:29 AM

  6. who doesn't need 3 homes in san diego... we all do... wealthy, baby... wealthy

    Posted by: the queen | Aug 19, 2008 10:55:19 AM

  7. If $5 million is rich, then I must be a welfare mom with 3 kids. WTF?

    Most people make 5 figure salaries, you're trying to tell me that the minute you get to 7 figures you're NOT rich?

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 19, 2008 11:00:14 AM

  8. So now the democratic herd does not want to vote for McCain because he's rich and owns several homes? I can think of several reasons not to vote for McCain but his wealth -- or more accurately, his wife's wealth -- is not one of them. So is that why John Kerry lost the election was because all those populism-spouting Democrats did not like the fact that Theresa Heinz Kerry was filthy rich? I suppose that's why millionaire Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination to millionaire Barack Obama: she had several more millions than Barack's millions. If the Democrats are reduced to sock-it-the-rich attacks against McCain then I assure you Obama will not be the next President of the United States. Maybe the Democrats should focus on how to help all of us to increase our net worth.

    Posted by: ANOTHERDEMOCRATICIDIOT | Aug 19, 2008 11:07:01 AM

  9. It aint over yet, THE QUEEN. This man and his party can be beaten. Americans don't seem to be impressed at all with him or his campaign, but, unfortunately, they still are not comfortable with Obama--yet. The choice for a vice-presidential candidate hasn't been this important in decades. I'm leaning towards Joe Biden--he can go on the attack against McCain in ways SlimJim will not.

    So don't start to frettin' yet, darlin'--it aint over. It might just be beginning.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 19, 2008 11:13:13 AM

  10. OK. A military veteran and Senator can afford homes totaling over $13 million? They were either bought with his wife's beer money or something is rotten in Denmark (and San Diego).

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Aug 19, 2008 11:18:50 AM

  11. "They were either bought with his wife's beer money or something is rotten in Denmark (and San Diego)."

    I think it's safe to assume that the homes were purchased with his wife's beer money -- and gays probably contributed to a lot of her beer fortune -- since McCain historically never has sought the self-dealing corrupt earmarks that Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and other Democrats insert into funding bills. Indeed, if reform is the issue, McCain probably is the better candidate than Obama. For example, in addition to refusing earmark funding, Sen. McCain -- together with progressive Democrat Russ Feingold of Wisconsin -- has drafted critical campaign finance reform legislation. Indeed, while McCain has kept his promise to fund his campaign with public funds, Obama broke his promise and now is the recipient of massive cash flows from Wall Street investors and trial lawyers (you know, the John Edwards crowd).

    Posted by: ANOTHERDEMOCRATICIDIOT | Aug 19, 2008 11:30:39 AM

  12. ANOTHERDEMOCRATICIDIOT: I don't ASSUME anything. If you can provide me facts about who bought the McCain properties, GREAT! If not, stop assuming. That would be like assuming the all Senator's are honest and have never received kickbacks and gifts from lobbyist or corporations. Puhhhlease. My post was not from a Republican or Democratic stance. It was a desire to know a fact, not someone's guess.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Aug 19, 2008 11:36:46 AM

  13. these days i'd define rich as "not in default".

    Posted by: A.J. | Aug 19, 2008 11:42:10 AM

  14. People are still engaging that troll, ANOTHERIDIOT/THATSREICH/HOGB?

    Why on earth would they bother?

    Posted by: 24play | Aug 19, 2008 11:44:35 AM

  15. Barack Obama is rich. Oprah Winfrey is rich. Bill and Hillary Clinton are rich.Cindy Mccain is rich. I wanna be rich. You probably want to be rich.Millions, no, billions of people on this planet want to be rich. This is a non-issue.

    From what I understand the reason they own so many houses in San Diego is that the kids live in them. If my parents had that kind of money they would probably have several houses owned by a family trust and I would live in one. Wouldn't you?

    I'm not a Mccain supporter at all. I'm just worried that we Dems are really picking minor and stupid things to get worked up about. We should focus on things that really matter like a womans right to choose or unfair tax loopholes etc..

    I also would stop the old age insults on Mccain. Senior citizens are the largest steady voting group in this country and probably aren't real happy when young Obama supporters deride their life experience and achievements. While Obama hasn't made these cracks on the blogs it's routine for his supporters to do it. Not smart.

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Aug 19, 2008 11:47:57 AM

  16. You people. John Kerry's wife was as wealthy as Cindy McCain, but I didn't hear any of you blubbering about that four years ago. The Kennedys are certainly rich even by McCain standards, but everyone here continues to praise Ted Kennedy as something other than the murdering drunk that he is or JFK as anything more than a philandering husband of the kind with which even Bill Clinton could not compete.

    Since when it is a sin to be rich? Since when is someone a bad person because they are rich? You people need to get off your moral high horse and ask yourselves just how giving you are or have been with however much or little you have in your own wallets and stop judging. It's pathetic that this is what Towleroad and its readers would choose to focus on. Stick to the issues.

    Posted by: Jean | Aug 19, 2008 11:56:35 AM


    If you are so curious about the facts then perhaps you should check out them out before you start making outrageous innuendo, implication and suggestion that McCain is on the take to finance his lifestyle: even as a public figure you are coming dangerously close to libel of McCain. No one plays dirtier than Democrats, and you are Exhibit A.

    Posted by: ANOTHERDEMOCRATICIDIOT | Aug 19, 2008 11:58:44 AM

  18. 24PLAY: Did you get another dollar from the homophobic Obama campaign to post your drivel and personal attacks on gay men? Your candidate's claim that God is in the sacred mix of marriage which precludes his acceptance of gay marriages is disgusting but perhaps the Obama postion explains his repeated appeals to the religious right, his attempt to expand the unconstitutional faith-based initiative program, and his flirtations with "ex-gay" Donnie McClurkin. 24PLAY: Are you self-loathing or just self-deluded in your support for McCain?

    Posted by: ANOTHERDEMOCRATICIDIOT | Aug 19, 2008 12:02:35 PM

  19. ADI: There is no libel and none was intended. I in no way suggested that McCain did any wrong. I was just saying that corruption is RAMPANT in our Congress and it looks kind of shady when someone in it has such purchasing power. It's obvious you are a McCain supporter. I respect your right to have an opinion. McCain and his wealthy wife can buy whatever they want. It's all just more of the same. We don't live in a democracy any more. Power is held by the rich and connected. Our elections are a joke. Here's a great book suggestion: "The Limits of Power", by Andrew Bacevich.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Aug 19, 2008 12:53:43 PM

  20. The Dems have to play this very, very carefully, lest they look like hypocrites on the issue--as several posters have pointed out, John Kerry certainly wasn't poor, and neither for that matter was Al Gore. Lots of prominent Dems have had serious money. What makes the country-club Republican set grind their teeth to powder is, they tend not to just sit on their wealth--they make charitable donations, set up foundations, and say forthrightly, "You know, I can afford having my taxes raised if it'll better America overall." This is why Repubs who hated the New Deal still speak of FDR as a "traitor to his class."

    However, based on the current economic situation in America, this is a fair point if the Dems phrase it correctly: it's not a sin to have a lot of money. The problem is when you start living in a bubble and getting self-righteous about it, and criticize middle-class and working-class people for "not wanting to work" or "making bad choices," etc. The average working-class family in America doesn't have a wife worth a few million dollars, and five homes; they can barely work multiple jobs to keep the one they have. And when McCain surrounds himself with toad slime like Phil Gramm--who's been manipulating the banking and financial institutions for years to his own benefit--who then dares to call average Americans "whiners" because they can't afford $1.50 in mac and cheese for the third time this week, that's where the rub comes in. McCain is just as out of touch as Bush if he thinks $5 million is "rich." It's the hypocrisy--the sense that most Americans are bailing water while the Republicans are cruising on their yachts--that stings.

    Posted by: Dback | Aug 19, 2008 1:00:03 PM

  21. ANOTHERDEMOCRATICIDIOT - you should look up what libel means before using it.

    that said, good for him that he is rich. and good for his wife. good for Theresa Kerry and Oprah Winfrey too.

    Our society is a capitalist one so that people can get rich and live the "American Dream." What a bunch of BS that we are now faulting them for it.

    the majority of the have-nots will always complain until they become one of the haves. Then its "I'm aboard, pull up the ladder."

    The notion that one can have a great business idea or plan and make millions on it is what makes this country great and why we are responsible for so much of the world's innovation

    Posted by: Dan B | Aug 19, 2008 1:18:00 PM

  22. "It's obvious you are a McCain supporter."

    EASILYOFFENDED: I'm neither an Obama nor a McCain supporter: sorry to disappoint you. I came out of the political closet a long time ago and am in fact a Nader supporter because the Green Party has an inclusive platform which provides full equality for the LGBTQ community. I see no reason why a person would not vote in accordance with their principles, interests and convictions, and I find most Democrats -- particularly Barack Obama with his repeated Christian affirmations to uphold the sacred institution of marriage as one reseved between a man and a woman -- to be only a shade less homophobic than the Republicans. But hey, it's your life, and if you want more of the same go ahead and vote for Barack Obama. And hey: if you become an "ex-gay" like Donnie McClurkin maybe Obama will invite you to his next staged campaign performance.

    Posted by: anotherdemocraticidiot | Aug 19, 2008 1:23:58 PM

  23. The difference is being rich with a social conscience--a la FDR. His goal was to use the excuse of the Great Depression to change America's working poor into a large middle-class. He suceeded--long after his death. His programs & his legacy, especially the GI Bill, helped millions of American men to rise above being virtual slaves to the wealthy. (you kinda' proud of me right now, Bill Perdue?)

    When the American middle-class chooses selfish Republican tax cuts over helping more poor folks to come out of poverty they spit on FDR's gift to them.

    Rich Conservatives (or Republicans) seem to feel it's natural to have a large working poor class. It's the "natural order of things". The Ted Kennedy's of this country don't believe that.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 19, 2008 1:32:07 PM

  24. Ted Kennedy got away with murder. Literally. Can we stop putting him on a pedestal already?

    Posted by: Chaka Khan | Aug 19, 2008 1:40:21 PM

  25. Here is a list of the top Senate millionairs...this is noting but cheap class warfare and shame on Towleroad for buying into it...this was copied off of for 2003 figures..stick to the issues people...notice who are in the top five and their party...funny how no politicians are squawking about McCain and his money...

    John Kerry, D-Massachusetts: $163,626,399
    Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin: $111,015,016
    John Rockefeller, D -West Virginia: $81,648,018
    Jon Corzine, D-New Jersey: $71,035,025
    Dianne Feinstein, D-California: $26,377,109
    Peter Fitzgerald, R-Illinois: $26,132,013
    Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey $17,789,018
    Bill Frist, R-Tennessee: $15,108,042
    John Edwards, D-North Carolina: $12,844,029
    Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts: $9,905,009
    Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico: $7,981,015
    Bob Graham, D-Florida: $7,691,052
    Richard Shelby, R-Alabama: $7,085,012
    Gordon Smith, R-Oregon: $6,429,011
    Lincoln Chafee, R-Rhode Island: $6,296,010
    Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska: $6,267,028
    Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee: $4,823,018
    Mike DeWine, R-Ohio: $4,308,093
    Mark Dayton, D-Minnesota: $3,974,037
    Ben Campbell, R-Colorado: $3,165,007
    Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska: $2,963,013
    Olympia Snowe, R-Maine: $2,955,037
    James Talent, R-Missouri: $2,843,031
    Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania: $2,045,016
    Judd Gregg, R-New Hampshire: $1,916,026
    John McCain, R-Arizona: $1,838,010
    James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma: $1,570,043
    John Warner, R-Virginia: $1,545,039
    Kay Bailey Hutchison, R - Texas: $1,513,046
    Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky: $1,511,017
    Harry Reid, D-Nevada: $1,500,040
    Sam Brownback, R-Kansas: $1,491,018
    Thomas Carper, D-Delaware: $1,482,017
    Ted Stevens, R-Alaska: $1,417,013
    Maria Cantwell, D-Washington: $1,264,999
    Barbara Boxer, D-California: $1,172,003
    Orrin Hatch, R-Utah: $1,086,023
    Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana: $1,080,014
    Bill Nelson, D-Florida: $1,073,014
    Charles Grassley, R-Iowa: $1,016,024
    *These figures are base estimates provided by senators on their financial disclosure forms.

    Posted by: Las Vegas | Aug 19, 2008 1:42:13 PM

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