August 22nd, 2008
08:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Pawlenty defends McCain on homes


Watch Pawlenty's interview on American Morning Friday.

(CNN) – Less than a day after the Obama campaign put out a new ad about Sen. John McCain’s recent inability to state the number of houses he owns with his wife Cindy, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is defending the presumptive Republican nominee.

“Barack Obama made over $4 million last year, has his own million-dollar home in Chicago that involved some dealings with a pretty shady character,” Pawlenty said Friday on American Morning making a reference to Obama’s ties to convicted Chicago businessman Tony Rezko. “And now you have him saying he’s more in touch with the common person in the United States than John McCain?,” Pawlenty asked rhetorically. “I mean, give a break. Give me a break.”

Pawlenty told CNN’s John Roberts that McCain “was trying to be accurate” when he told journalists recently that McCain’s staff could answer a question about how many homes the McCains own. “He has a home he lives in Washington, two in Arizona and one in California.”

“But it gets more complicated than that,” added Pawlenty “because Cindy’s family has family homes.” “And some of those other homes are not for the exclusive use of Sen. McCain.”

Pawlenty also told Roberts that he did not think McCain had forgotten how many homes he owns.

The Minnesota governor is widely regarded as being on McCain’s short list of potential running mates.

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. 4Obama

    This Rezko thing has been investigated for years and there is nothing there. However, the Keating 5 issues is a different case. The fact that they can sit up there and lie with a straight face is disturbing.

    August 22, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    I wish I were in a situation where I was fuzzy about the number of homes I owned vs. the number I have access to but are not mine exclusively. Actually, the Republicans are trying to obfuscate. Because the question was quite clear – how many do you own? Not how many do you use or have access to? I suspect McCain was trying not to answer the question. It doesn't look too good to own 4 expensive homes at at time when many Americans are just trying to make the mortgage payment on their more modest dwellings.

    August 22, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Barbara - NC

    Squirming. Guessing. Reading tea leaves. These are "self-describing terms" used by whom? CNN News anchors

    August 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. John in Ohio

    Pawlenty told CNN’s John Roberts that McCain “was trying to be accurate” when he told journalists recently that McCain’s staff could answer a question about how many homes the McCains own. “He has a home he lives in Washington, two in Arizona and one in California.”

    “But it gets more complicated than that,” added Pawlenty “because Cindy’s family has family homes.” “And some of those other homes are not for the exclusive use of Sen. McCain.”
    Yeah, that will *really* help average Americans think that McCain has anything at all in common with him.

    "Well, he's got 4 homes, but he's also got all the homes that his rich heiress wife has through her family. They're palatial estates, rich and luxurious, but they're not, y'know, exclusive for McCain use."

    August 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Lesley

    Give ME a break. The point is that with all that money, together with his family connections from earlier years, he has never had to be concerned about where his next meal is coming from or how to make ends meet. He's never had that experience. That's more important to Americans right now than his war experience. Obama's background is much different, working his way through school, racking up student loans, living in hole-in-the-wall apartments while attending college, and working in the community in Chicago after graduation, seeing firsthand what it's like to struggle, and struggling most of his life himself. That's the experience that tunes one in to what's going on in America today. And btw even McCain's staff couldn't come up with the proper number of houses.

    August 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Dave S. In Whitehall PA

    wow, just wow. I appreciate McCain's service to the US, but he is an old out of touch puppet. Even in his marriage, he doesn't know what's going on. [“But it gets more complicated than that,” added Pawlenty “because Cindy’s family has family homes.” “And some of those other homes are not for the exclusive use of Sen. McCain.”]. I like how it says some of those homes are not for the exclusive use of Sen. McCain. Not sure about the rest of you, but If my spouse or I owned a house there would be heck to pay if it was not to be used by spouse. What is going on in that family anyway? Sorry I don't feel comfortable having someone who doesn't know how many houses his family owns, regardless of if they are for his "exclusive" use or not. I'm not singing Obama's praises here. Non of us are perfect, but come on. McCain is just going to be a puppet to the same broken system that has been dragging our country down. Of course this is all just my opinion. Hope you spend some time and come up with your own and vote accordingly.

    August 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. True

    Pawlenty is a turd with a tie on, and what comes out of his mouth isn't just air.

    August 22, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Change NOW`

    how about the last illegal fundraising party mcbush went to from someone who was indicted?? GOP has short term memory, god help us all if mcpain gets the red button; I hope voters have a longer memory, i.e. mcbush saying he knows nothing about the economy, not knowing which countries border Iraq, not knowing the names of the territories russia was attacking and being made fun of by both russia's president and georgia's!!!!

    this stuff is easy to find if you choose to be objective!!!!!!

    August 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Lesley

    And what's with the kool aid chatter? That's so 70s. We're in the 21st Century now. Get a new slogan will ya?

    August 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Independent from FL

    Both men/candidates are rich. McCain is richer than Obama because of his wife but it's like the cattle calling the other cattle story...
    Nice try but the only advantage for Obama is that it did put McCain off message for a bit esp with the VP buzz.
    The upcoming debates will be the deciding factor.
    Obama/Clinton(only) 2008 or Mccain 2008

    August 22, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Rose

    McCain, how many houses do you own?

    POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW . . .

    August 22, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. vb

    I love how McCain's Sedona, Az house was on the cover of Architectural Digest..He has an amazing house..I woonder who the elitist is? Let me give you a hint. He is a partial owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks babesball team

    August 22, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. ginger

    On the CNN special McCain/Obama revealed. It was stated that McCain went to the armed forces college and his grades weren't good enough to get in, but through is father and granfather's connections he was admitted entrance into this elite college.

    I'm really starting to dislike this fellow McCain. He has education and wealth given to him on a gold platter and he mocks Sen. Obama who earn a Ivy league education because he studied hard and applied himself. Sen. Obama could have worked on wall street yet he walked the streets of Chicago to help the poor live a better life.

    McCain is clueless!

    August 22, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    7 HOMES

    August 22, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. John Starnes

    There is "Pawlenty" of difference.....Obama EARNED his money, McCain MARRIED into his by cheating on his first wife as she lay ill! "Give me a break?" Hey, give US a break!

    August 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Truth

    Another rich Republican hypocrite has the audacity to question shady character when Gov. Pawlenty was fined over $607,000 for illegal campaign donations.

    Obama did nothing illegal at all but still had the decency to donate the funds to charity.

    August 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Steve

    I think Obama should learn to speak in a laymans’ language. I saw where it was explained that Obamas' above my paygrade Saddleback comment was quite appropriate. "It showed at the same time that he highly respects the opinions of both scientists and theologians, and that it isn't his job to play God". And the question as to when a fetus is 'entitled to human rights' is an unsettled question among theologians. I initially thought Obama was dodging the question, I have now realized he gave a very thoughtful answer. Unfortunately, the 6th grade mentality of the majority of the right-wing bloggers, with their one-liner bigoted hit machine, won’t see that.

    Obama thinks before he speaks & shows no angry or irrational behavior but he knows he can't go through this campaign playing nice. The umms and awwws show that he is an intelligent guy, it has nothing to do with "not requiring a teleprompter." Instead it shows competency. This is as opposed to the cowboy McCain, with his canned simplistic remarks, who is very dangerous for America. Do some research on McCain….he has demons inside that surface from time to time. He gets very angry and his use of profanity is like no other politician in a public setting. Some of this can be searched & viewed on YouTube. Oh yea, and he is morally bankrupt as well…cheating on his disfigured first wife…WHO WAITED 7 YEARS FOR HIM TO COME HOME….and then marrying Cindy 3 weeks later, WHILE HE WAS STILL MARRIED carrying a marriage license from his first marriage. McCain – An all around nice guy! NOT !!

    McCain should be scrutinized…just like Obama has been. His character is in question, so are his ethics…John McCain has some 59 LOBBYIST running his campaign, that's not "America first." John McCain gave up important Military info after 4 days while a POW, that's not putting his country before his own person, is in fact treasonous. John McCain committed adultery, that's not a leader you can trust. John Mccain has lived off of the American people all of his life, owns 7 homes worth 13 million, personal wealth of over 110 million, thinks being rich is making 5 million collects SS and disability. Why disability? Yet he want us to believe he knows our pains…he failed to pay the taxes on his southern CA home. John McCain has the highest absent rate in the Senate, the worst voting record for Vets and women, became a “war-hero” in an immoral and unjust war (the Vietnam War), supports another iillegal war in Iraq, wants war with Iran and Russia, has no clue about economy, saying that "all in all we are doing better than 8 years ago". He says he knows how to "win" a war but has no record to back that claim up. Being a POW just means that you are one of the worst of the fighter many US fighter jocks have lost 3 or more aircraft???? The mission he flew on where he became a POW was a bombing mission over civilian territory. This makes him a "war hero"????? John McCain is running on his war "hero" status, but he pushed legislation making it impossible for families to get info about their MIA/POWs…and still refuses to release his Military records…AND HE WANTS THE DRAFT back !!! Why hasn't CNN had a headline about this???

    August 22, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. jazzer

    This is news because the demobats are upset bacause he and his wife actually paid for thier property.Not in a shady deal. Has any one noticed

    August 22, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. kayla


    August 22, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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