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John McCain Doesn't Know How Many Houses He Owns

McCain told Politico in an interview yesterday that he's not sure how many houses he owns:

Mccainhome"I think - I'll have my staff get to you. It's condominiums where - I'll have them get to you."

According to Politico, "The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties."

McCain's remarks prompted some chiding from Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, thought to be one of Obama's VP prospects: "He couldn’t count high enough."

By the way, McCain has also come up with a new answer for what "rich" is. If you'll remember, at the Saddleback Church forum he defined it as having over $5 million.

His new answer: "I define rich in other ways besides income. Some people are wealthy and rich in their lives and their children and their ability to educate them. Others are poor if they’re billionaires."

Brave New Films' recent exposé on McCain's homes and the mortgage crisis, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. i've seen this story several places & don't get the point. he has a rich wife, who's family made their money operating successful businesses. they're free to spend their money as they please, thank god. let's focus instead on the damage he would do to the supreme court, and by extension, fundamental rights for chrissake. that is the scariest thing to me, for one.

    Posted by: b mac | Aug 21, 2008 10:43:10 AM

  2. I think the real Bernie Mac would have told you where to shove it.

    Sure they can spend the money how they like, but McCain is the one branding Obama an elitist. One would hope that a president would be in touch with us common peasants, but owning more homes than you can keep track of doesn't really bode well for compassionate conservatism. Combined with his tax cuts for the wealthy and his idea that someone with $4m is middle class, it all paints a very upsetting picture of McCain.

    Posted by: McMan | Aug 21, 2008 10:58:41 AM

  3. Rich is defined as not knowing how many homes you own.

    Another snippet overlooked was him speaking the other day, and an woman told him we need to reinstate the draft. And he agreed.

    Interesting that the pundits have also been speculating that he is circling Lieberman as his running mate. I'll be curious to see where this month takes us. Barak to announce this weekend. McCain to announce the day after the Democratic convention closes (though I suspect he will do it sooner for the publicity).

    In all honesty, for as much as Obama was considered the Golden Child a few months ago, this is going to be a hard, close race to November 4.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 21, 2008 10:58:49 AM

  4. And yes, Cindy McCain is the money in the house, thank you Coors.

    It's not a "definition of wealth", it's the arrogance that surrounds it.

    Like I posted before, all he has to do is announce on November 3,"Free Beer to anyone who votes for me!" and he'll win every red-neck NASCAR family that pushed the Idiot into a 2nd term.

    Question: What was this speculation about McCain only running for 1 term? That was being bantered about on Countdown the other night, but I could not catch the whole dialog.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 21, 2008 11:05:10 AM

  5. Quick many houses to the Kerry's and Kennedy's and Pelosi's own?

    Seriously, this is the stupidest attempt at a negative attack ever.

    Posted by: dk | Aug 21, 2008 11:27:07 AM


    that is not a well thought-out improved position, McSame.

    Posted by: Dan B | Aug 21, 2008 11:27:19 AM

  7. DK,

    I don't think it is so much of a number of houses versus someone else's list of property. Itis that he didn't KNOW how many houses he owns.

    In an era where so many Americans are losing their ONLY house to foreclosure, it paints McCain as very out-of-touch with the climate and the people that he can't even keep track of how many houses he owns.

    For most, a home is the most financially significant deal of their lives, they'd like to think you would be able to keep track.

    Posted by: Dan B | Aug 21, 2008 11:29:55 AM

  8. Dan B.,

    That seems like a pretty tenuous rationalization to me, with all due respect.

    The point of the attack is that people who are that rich are out of touch with the problems of most Americans. That's fine, except for the fact that Obama's biggest backers are the Kennedys, Kerrys, and Pelosis. Heck, I was on Nantucket last weekend and saw huge Obama flags flying at a bunch of the beachfront estates.

    Instead of attacks that are simply hypocritical given the wealth of prominent democratic politicians (including millionare Obama, by the way), perhaps Obama should actually advocate for policies that will help the non-rich. So far, he has used republican talking points on health care reform, social security, know, the issues that actually matter to the bottom line of many American households.

    Posted by: dk | Aug 21, 2008 11:56:12 AM

  9. when john kerry was running against W back in 2004, the right was making a big, big point about kerry being a gigolo because he married teresa heinz for her money.

    i think that the same argument could easily be made in the case of john mccain. possibly even to a greater effect.

    Posted by: alguien | Aug 21, 2008 12:00:57 PM

  10. I'll finish McCain's original thought which he aborted mid-sentence:

    "It's condominiums where...Cindy and I allow donors to come for a few days just as, you know, a nice thank you for their donation to my campaign."

    I don't think there is anything wrong with the McCains owning multiple properties. And at least a few of the properties are probably investment properties. That is perfectly understandable as real estate is an investment just like any other. The problem lies in the fact that, as evidenced in the film from Brave New Films, McCain is completely out of touch with what is going on for average American families.

    And can I say this just one more time: from a profile or oblique angle, Cindy McCain looks like a velociraptor.

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 21, 2008 12:03:44 PM

  11. "So far, [Obama] has used republican talking points on health care reform, social security, know, the issues that actually matter to the bottom line of many American households."

    DK, that's utter bullshit.

    You obviously need to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the candidates' proposals for health care reform and social security... and taxes, and energy, and every other issue of importance to average Americans.

    Posted by: 24play | Aug 21, 2008 12:17:10 PM

  12. Mrs. McCain's money came from her family being the biggest distributor for Budweiser, not Coors. The public looks at this as a joke. The main stream media will do anything to elect Obama. Even with all the gaff's McCain is even or maybe ahead in the polls. The Clinton dems will vote for McCain to keep Obama out in 2008. They want to give her one last chance against a 76 year old McCain in 2012.

    Posted by: Andy | Aug 21, 2008 1:39:08 PM

  13. Maybe some of you forgot -it was Mccain that labled Obama as elitist. I am sure the Kennedy's and the rest can tell you how many homes they own as can Obama. That is not the point to run for president takes money- that is a given. To think that $4 million is middle class status is unforgivable. To back track on your definition of rich once the public disagrees makes one wonder what else you will change. McCain needs to come into poor/middleclass neighborhoods and see how the rest of the world lives. It is O.K to have money but keep in mind that you are the exception not the rule. The mortgage crisis has hit the middleclass and I am sure none of them made $4 million last year.

    Posted by: Micky | Aug 22, 2008 9:36:05 AM

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