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

Dems jump on McCain's house gaffe


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. paulie_nj

    The fact that McCain is wealthy can only bolster the fact that he can manage money and was able to build his wealth, something he can also do for our country.

    August 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Kitten for Obama

    McCain is so out of touch, he owns 9 homes and you have people here that are homeless. What about the economy he cannot relate because he is out of touch. He doesn't know what groceries cost, gas prices, having to buy clothes and shoes. What he paid for one pair of shoes some people don't make that for a two week salary. McCain is out of touch. All he is concern about is going to war and creating a draft for our sons and daughters. Voters we need to THINK!!!!!! before you put McCain in the Whitehouse we will all be in the poorhouse.

    August 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    McShame was asked to define the word “rich” and to give a figure. After promoting his fraudaulent tax policies for the SUPER RICH, McCain said: “I think if you are just talking about income, how about $5 million?”

    Now if americans dont think this old twig is elitist and out of touch with ordinary americans, I guess John McShame and the repubilcan bigots think we are all STUPID!

    I'm sure there are so many americans who believe the lies and distortions that's been spouted by this lying, two-faced adulter, and these are the same fools who voted for George Dubya twice!

    Time for change is NOW! – Obama '08/'12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Jim

    We all lose not matter what. The New World Order wins. Expect more Warfare and Welfare with Obama or McCain.

    August 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Puffin

    I believe he has no clue about finances. Cindy is most likely managing all that. He could not. The only thing McCain can manage is the DOD over-spending.

    August 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Tam

    That's sad. So many people are about to lose their homes, and many more can't even afford a home, and this man doesn't even know how many he has. And he calls Obama an elitist. I wish America would wake up. This is unreal.

    August 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Obama = Carter the 2nd!!!

    You know McCain has them worried if they try to make hay of this. LOL

    McCain does not know how many homes he owns and Obama does not know how many states there are in the USA.

    August 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. wycliffe, NJ

    these truths we hold as self evidence...McCain is rich , cant even count how many houses he has.

    August 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Chris

    Hello Kettle, you are an arugula-eating elitist.

    Mr. Pot.

    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Greg from San Diego

    Unbelievable, but not surprising.

    Let me check with my STAFF...

    The "Help" will know.

    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. JP

    Why don't we nominate some one who makes less than 150K, that way, s/he can identify with most of the struggling Americans.
    I'm sure Obama makes more than that; then why is he running in the first place, I don’t think he can identify himself with the struggling Americans either.

    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. dEMOBRAT

    Who cares- the American Dream is to be successful, now were going to beat the guy up because he is successful and his wife is successful?

    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Alfred

    Who cares how many houses he owns? Seven, eight, nine, what business is it of America? Does it really matter to the Presidential race? Since when has being successful American been such a bad thing? It seems that it's only bad when you're white and a Republican. Hypocrites.

    Awaiting CNN moderation...

    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Typical White Person

    Yeah, financial success is such a bad trait to have...

    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Peg

    The reason he doesn't know is because HE doesn't own any. Cindy owns everything and the 110 million dollars is in HER name. 🙂

    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Abby

    It’s not a crime to be rich but it is disingenuous and dishonest to suggest that the man with just one home and student loans that were just recently paid, the man who pulled himself up by his bootstraps is less in touch with America than you. John McCain, you have been found out.

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |

    Totally in touch with America. NOT!

    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. cindy

    McCain doesn't know how many houses he has and he is calling Obama Elite. This is ridiculus. Ask many Americans they will tell you they have one or none or some until bank foreclose on them. How many American can afford to buy house for a 17 years old only John McCain and he said he care about Americans what a lier. PUMAs get your head checked .

    August 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. JW Mathews

    "Let's go home, Cindy" "Which one John?" Seriously, I'd bet Donald Trump knows the eact number of homes, condos etc. he owns! What a total disconnet by "Everman" McCain. Ask the City of La Jolla CA how long it took to get their property taxes because someone "forgot".?

    How did I ever work for this guy in 2000.? Bill Clinton may have "felt your pain", but this guy's the "Louis XVI" of American politics. Now where's "Madam Defarge" this morning?

    August 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. CitizenS

    Out of touch is the least of what you could say. He obviously does not know his own fiances and doesn't have a handle on them. How could you expect him to be smart enough to manage the finances of the entire country. Has anyone seen the excerpt where he tells a voter he does not disagree with a possible DRAFT of our Youth? There's your strong leader for you, President McWar. He will lead you straight to you know where (and it ain't a good place). So all you people that will allow prejudice to stand in your way of something good for you PLEAZZZZZ vote for McCain. It's called cutting your nose off to spite your face!

    August 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. kel

    Talked being a being out ot touch

    August 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. John in Ohio

    McCain and his second wife are worth $100 million in beer money and kickbacks. They've got a private jet and "at least four" homes. McCain thinks in order to be rich you have to make $5 million a year. Unsurprising, because Cindy McCain's annual income just happens to be $6 million a year, which by McCain Math would make her just barely rich.

    This is not a guy who lives in the same world the rest of us <$100k/yr people live.

    August 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Sharon ohio


    Democrats are getting desperate aren't they.

    August 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Mccain=Warmonger

    Mr Elitst with his 7 houses and 500 dollar shoes I bet he doesn't even pump his own gas and i know he doesn't do his own grocery shopping Mr Old Elitist doesn't know what us Blue collard workers go through he That is why his Economic advisers said we are a Bunch of whiners because when You are an Elitst like MCCAIN I guess the economic hardships of Ordinary Hard workers would seem like whinning. On Clear Choice in this Election and Elitist or a Canidate that pulled Himself Up by the Bootstraps Obama is the One we Should Choice

    August 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. McCain=the draft

    And who's the elitist?

    August 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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