(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign released an ad Tuesday attacking John McCain for saying he has bought American cars his entire life, following reports the Republican nominee currently owns three foreign-made vehicles.
“I've bought American literally all my life, and I'm proud,” McCain told Detroit TV station WXYZ in an interview.
But Newsweek reported last week that McCain and wife Cindy own 13 cars, including three foreign automobiles: a Lexus, a Volkswagen and a Honda. McCain also told the New York Times last year that he bought his daughter, Meghan, a Toyota Prius. He later denied the purchase and said Meghan bought the car herself.
This is the latest in a campaign by the Obama team to portray McCain as wealthy and out of touch with ordinary Americans. Last month, Democrats jumped when McCain said he wasn’t sure how many homes he owns.
The ad will start running in Michigan, the auto-manufacturing capital of the United States, on Wednesday.
Obama released a second ad Tuesday claiming that while McCain was on vacation in Bermuda, he promised to protect tax breaks for American businesses that “hide their profits offshore.” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said Obama is guilty of the same practice.
“Whether he is opposing additional oil drilling while decrying high gas prices or blasting earmarks despite his requests for a billion dollars in pork barrel spending for his home state, Barack Obama has a stronger record of hypocrisy than he does making change in Washington,” Bounds said in a statement.