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Obama Fires Back on McCain 'Houses' Gaffe

Mccainhome_2That was fast. With reference to our post of this morning, the Obama campaign has hit back with a new ad. Obama also remarked about it at a campaign stop in Chester, Virginia.

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  1. This "rich wife" issue is a non-starter. Has everyone forgotten Teresa Heinz Kerry already? We Democrats were OK with her in 2004, so we really can't mock Cindy McCain too much this time around. Can we?

    Posted by: don | Aug 21, 2008 12:14:05 PM

  2. You're missing the point. McCain has tried to label Obama as an elitist.

    Four years ago, Kerry was attacked for marrying a rich wife and being out of touch.

    A week ago, McCain said that someone who has less than 5 million dollars is not rich.

    That is why this ad is necessary. It paints McCain as the elitist, as the one that is out of touch. Much like George H.W. Bush not knowing how much a gallon of milk costs, McCain doesn't even know how many houses he owns. Something that 99% of those that live in America cannot even begin to imagine.

    Posted by: Sean H | Aug 21, 2008 12:25:01 PM

  3. You stay classy Obama! No more politics as usual. Yeah, f*cking right.

    Posted by: OzoneDude | Aug 21, 2008 12:36:09 PM

  4. Politico is saying McCain owns four houses. Obama's campaign says seven. Which is true? Either way, his inability to articulate his holdings is pathetic. But you know the right wing will attack Obama for counting them wrongly if it's really four.

    Posted by: Bakeley | Aug 21, 2008 12:45:56 PM

  5. uh don...

    because of teresa heinz kerry and the attacks against john kerry that arose due to his marriage to her-kerry was called a gigolo by the folks on the right wing during the election-john & cindy mccain are fair game. we can mock them all we want and i, for one, am going to be getting a lot of mileage over "gigolo john" in 2008.

    Posted by: alguien | Aug 21, 2008 12:46:47 PM

  6. Politico says, "It's at least four."

    Posted by: Sean H | Aug 21, 2008 12:49:16 PM

  7. BAKELEY- From Andy's earlier post:

    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."

    Posted by: gabriel | Aug 21, 2008 12:49:20 PM

  8. Slit his throat, Obama!

    And Ozonedude, shut the FUCK UP! What shall he do? Allow McCain to run rip shod all over with no response? Americans are too stupid to comprehend the "high-minded" campaign Obama wanted to run so he has no choice but to get dirty. What's good for the goose and all that.

    You gay repubs are something else.

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 21, 2008 12:52:26 PM

  9. "You stay classy Obama!..."

    And let that old bastard beat up on him. That was Kerry's mistake.

    It's time Democrats use the same ruthless strategy the Republicans have used against us since 1972. We aint got nothin' loose. Americans claim they don't like ugly, dirty campaigns...well, then, explain Nixon, Reagan, Papa Bush and Baby Bush the Idiot.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 21, 2008 12:54:06 PM

  10. Ozonedude, what is so "unclassy" about exposing McCain's hypocrisy? If Obama had NOT come after him, you would accuse him of being a wuss. So cut the crap.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Aug 21, 2008 1:00:36 PM

  11. JASON,

    you consuse the shit outta' me. But keep the comments like the one above a comin'..I just stay contently confused.

    Are you the same Jason?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 21, 2008 1:00:54 PM

  12. I think there are two different Jasons that post on TR. Personally, I'd appreciate one of them slightly tweaking their username so we can tell the difference. But I think the fact that the above Jason isn't insane helps with the identification.

    Posted by: Sami | Aug 21, 2008 1:34:55 PM

  13. McCain LIVES like a rock star.

    "I think -- I'll have my staff get to you."

    Can someone please help John McCain find his houses? Apparently, he's so rich that he’s forgotten how many homes he owns. But hey don't judge! Until you walk a mile in his $520 dollar Ferragamo loafers and start making over $5 million dollars a year you'll be in no position to scoff, OK?

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Aug 21, 2008 1:40:57 PM

  14. Jason is a 60 year old troll. He needs help.

    Posted by: daveynyc | Aug 21, 2008 1:41:08 PM

  15. Don: You're right that it SHOULDN'T be a campaign issue. EVERYONE in congress is wealthier than the vast majority of us. However, Republicans have used the elitist jab time and time again to paint Democrats as out of touch. It's about time it's thrown back at them.

    Sadly, the issues are of little interest to many voters and Obama isn't going to win by playing fair. Hopefully Democrats understand that this time.

    Posted by: matt | Aug 21, 2008 1:56:54 PM

  16. "60 year old troll"? LOL. Jason I can guarantee you're older than I. And as for ME needing help you may want to turn the mirror around. Meth face isn't pretty.

    Posted by: Jason (A) | Aug 21, 2008 2:03:38 PM

  17. meth face? Dude, what the hell are you talking about?

    u got issues

    Posted by: daveynyc | Aug 21, 2008 2:30:54 PM

  18. Huffington Post has a Google Earth tour of John McCain's houses. Maybe now he'll be able to find them.

    Posted by: Jackie | Aug 21, 2008 2:40:54 PM

  19. SEAN H,

    I think one thing that has been missed by you, and so many others is that McCain didn't say that someone who has $5M is rich. He said someone that annually makes $5M is rich.

    it is this difference, to me, that makes the statement preposterous. I would agree with the first version, it's probably quite accurate, but the notion that someone making $3M a year isn't rich is way out there.

    8 years ago, McCain, you were a viable candidate for President. Unfortunately, a lot has happened in those 8 years, and you aren't anymore.

    Posted by: Dan B | Aug 21, 2008 2:48:34 PM

  20. Really this is such a non-issue that wants to be made an issue. For one thing I'd like to know is if all these house are actually theirs to live in or are they investment properties. Some people use real estate as an invest means and not the stock market.

    If this is the best that the Democrats can do it's pathetic. Do you think the Republican Party cares? Not one but because they are too busy making sure everyone knows about the type of people that Obama has associated with over the years like William Ayers. The talk about Obama being Muslim is still persisting.

    Obama has not been properly vetted by the DNC and they are going to pay dearly. The media loves him but that love affair only last until THE story comes out (whether it's a truw story or not) and they will feed on him like sharks The DNC still has time to correct all this with the Super delegates. This is why that system was put in place.

    Posted by: Las Vegas | Aug 21, 2008 2:52:35 PM

  21. "If this is the best the Democrats can do it's pathetic..."

    It's only the beginning, LAS VEGAS. We learned our lesson with the vicious, unscrupulous attack on John Kerry 4 years ago. The Democrats are going to give the Republicans and their old adulterous codger the same treatment they gave Kerry & Dukakis.

    The Dems aint gonna' play the soft, sweet fem queens this time... no, we're goina' be raunchy, street-fightin' drag queens this time.

    "The DNC still has time to correct all this..."

    Well, let's find where Elvis is secretely living first.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 21, 2008 3:06:15 PM

  22. las vegas


    If Michele Obama lied about meeting mother teresa as cindy has

    the media would be tearing her a new ass hole 24/7 for the next month.

    The main stream media loves mcshame and repubs

    They might have loved Obama more than Hillary (debatable), but they love the repubs over any dem as evidenced by the 8 media corporations that control 90%+ of the world's media donating to bush jr's re-election and not 1 penny to kerry.

    The main stream media has done well under repubs and do not want higher taxes, decentrilization, and the fairness doctrine back which would occur under Obama. The fairness doctrine would have come back even under Hillary and thus the media would have trashed her if she had lied about meeting mother teresa as vs barely a blip on cindy's lie.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 21, 2008 3:11:46 PM

  23. Sorry, should read 8 companies controlling over 75% of the world's media. Still very bad, but not yet BORG status yet

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 21, 2008 3:14:35 PM

  24. What does LAS VEGAS think will happen if the DNC decides to reverse course and nominate the 'other' candidate at this late stage? A decision that will rightfully look like theft to many?

    Well, whatever it is isn't good.

    Posted by: Nick | Aug 21, 2008 3:48:37 PM

  25. up till this morning I was 100% sure that Romney was going to be mcshame's VP.

    That the whole possible leiberman or pro-choice Ridge was a fake out to the religous right in that when he presented (now a days) anti-choice Romney the baptists would forget the mormon thing and say " at least he is anti-choice"

    BUT!!!! This whole rich and out of touch house thing will forever nix Romney. There is no way mcshame can pick a very wealthy man for VP.

    He is going to have to go more populist like huckabee (scary)so as to not keep the wealthy and out of touch meme going

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 21, 2008 4:18:48 PM

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