August 21st, 2008
11:02 AM ET
6 years ago

Dems jump on McCain's house gaffe

CNN

Watch Kaine on American Morning.

(CNN) – Democrats jumped on a comment by John McCain that seemed to suggest he was unsure of how many homes he owned – the latest move in a series of attacks designed to paint the presumptive Republican nominee as wealthy and out-of-touch with ordinary Americans.

“I understand Senator McCain was asked yesterday this question: ‘how many houses do you own?’ And he couldn't answer that question,” Virginia Governor and VP contender Tim Kaine told CNN’s John Roberts in an interview on American Morning. “He couldn't count high enough to know how many houses he owns.

“We have Americans struggling, with foreclosures skyrocketing in Virginia and elsewhere, gas prices, jobs slowing down and the deficit at a record level. We have to have somebody who can change the direction of this economy. John McCain won't do it, but Barack Obama understands the new economy and he will.”

McCain’s wife Cindy is heir to a beer fortune estimated at roughly $100 million.

When asked about the number of houses he owned in a Politico interview published Thursday, McCain was unable to answer. "I think — I'll have my staff get to you," he replied. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

The remark comes days after McCain faced criticism from Obama over a weekend remark at Pastor Rick Warren’s faith forum, where the Arizona senator joked that someone would need to earn $5 million a year in the United States to be defined as rich.

The McCain camp later told Politico the Arizona senator and his wife own at least four homes in three states. Other news organizations have reported a higher total.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. baby mama

    so much for new politics..........Change?? I don't thnk so..............

    just another Democrat............how sad

    August 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Jake

    Haha, who's the elitist now?

    Obama '08. Because intelligence isn't "elitism".

    August 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Just the sight of him stating he would follow Osama Bin Laden to the "Gates of Hell" pissed me off!

    Sad...............................

    August 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. mike

    obama faithful watch Orielly and Hannity and Combs tonight if you never watch them again. A real eye opener on character concerning abortion.

    August 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Len in Washington

    Ahhhhh, the truth hurts, eh, Johnny Boy?

    Just who's the elitist?

    August 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. ari

    If you can't count the number of homes you have then that is called

    FILTHY RICH!!!!

    August 21, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. anna

    This is not a big deal.
    I bet he doesnt know how many stocks he owns either.

    He lets other people handle this stuff.

    August 21, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    Meanwhile just a few years ago the Obama finished paying off the student loans while owning one house and having a net worth under $1 million (almost unheard of for a general election candidate.)

    August 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Hello!!!

    They're just jealous. :)
    After watching CNN's coverage of his life last night, John McCain deserves to live in as many homes as he wants.
    What a remarkable life.
    What a hero!

    August 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    *his student loans

    August 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Tired of W, OH

    And half of America wants to vote for this guy?!? Unbelievable! The republicans can feed the people a spoon full of crap and tell them it's sugar.....and people will buy it!

    August 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Old f@rt McLame

    senile (adjective)

    1) mentally less acute in LATER LIFE

    nuff said

    August 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK

    And yet half of the country wants to vote for McCain because "Obama is too risky" or "He won't make a good commander in chief" I'm guessing it's the same 50% that voted for bush 2 times.

    The same 50% that shouldn't be allowed to vote because they don't know how to make informed, intelligent decisions.

    If you are voting for McCain, please stay home and stop ruining mine and my daughters future.

    August 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Besides being out of touch with those of us who make less than $5M a year, McCain can't get a word out of his mouth without bumbling and stumbling over it, or without reading from his cards. The man scares me.

    And CNN, where is the ticker article about McCain not disagreeing that we may need to reinstate the draft? This is a huge piece of news that should be front and center!

    August 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. maria

    obama 08,12 change we can believe in
    Mcain is the same rich republican out there to help the rich. Mcain will continue a war in iraq possibly a war in iran and he promoted drafting.
    Mcain will continue the failed policy's of george w bush.

    Mcain is out of touch with the average americans.
    Obama 08,12

    August 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Jacob, Des Moines Iowa

    mmm....

    ...what a shame

    August 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Shari, NY

    "When asked about the number of houses he owned in a Politico interview published Thursday, McCain was unable to answer. "I think — I'll have my staff get to you," he replied. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

    Sad comedy!

    August 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. NObama

    So what. Obama obtained his home from Tony Resko, a sleezy dealer, and financed it with Arab money.

    August 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. doc4nuts

    As a Board Cerified Psychiatrist, I am beginning to question if early stage dementia is present. Again, I am not in a position to interview him 1:1 and could be very incorrect. However, the facial expressions, lack of affect and lack of consistent orieintation to the subject would indicate something is going on here. Naturally, the diagnosis and etiology could only be made by a proefessional in direct interaction with him.

    Just a thought!

    August 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Randy

    wow that is what they got against him....boy Obama is in trouble

    August 21, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. He IS wealthy

    OK – he IS wealthy. Next question. Where was this blustering by the Democrats when Senator Heinz-Kerry was running?

    August 21, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. LOVE MY USA

    Who cares! BO and his group will do anything they can to hurt McCain. MCCAin didn't purchse his homes with a corrupt individual as BO did.
    I am not rich, but my faimly has a few homes for investment .
    Deal with the real issues, and that is BO is not ready to lead this country.....

    August 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. KiloWhiskey

    Boy there's a "critical gaffe" for you......who cares? This is opposed to Obama where we know everything about his home – including the "convicted felon" help he had in buying it.

    August 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. NotFallingInLine.org

    Yup, John McCain is just like every one of us. RICH!
    No wonder he undestands us so well.

    August 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. WB, PSL

    McCain and his Republican croonies wanted to paint Barack an Elitist
    when he MCCAIN don't even know the amount of homes he OWNES. Sad piece of craps!!

    No more Republicans!!!

    August 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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