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. O for '08!

    In the immortal words of Red Foxx, "Ya big dummy!". How wouldn't you know how many homes you own? Wow, that's a little out of touch for those struggling to keep their one little dwellings. Way to go McShame.

    August 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Joe Reg

    McCain's campaign is being run by the the republican administration of Bush. The repubs are going down this November. The old tactics and failed policies will also fail this time.

    Go Obama go.

    OB 08/12.

    August 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. mothra

    'senator mccain'???

    Really, CNN? Really?

    August 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. S. Boatman

    Mccain Is Out Of Touch With The American People, Out Of Ideas And Out Of His Mind! He Lacks The Judgement To Lead And Doesnt Have A Vision Of What Is Best For This Country! I Have Never Heard Of Someone Not Knowing How Many Homes They Own! You Wont Get My Vote Until You Learn How To Count Mccain . . . I Take That Back . . . You Will Never Get My Vote!

    August 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Keep attacking...

    August 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Black Person that is not for Obama or Racist

    Democrats have become and stupid emotional. Taking down the only family that made serious contribution to the presidency as a democrat and his wife in almost 50 years, just because the senior is popular and black is stupid.
    Glad to leave the party, the new members are no good.

    August 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Fight hard now , lots of people want a fighter.

    Here going future president do not know how many houses he own. wow….that is not a shocker, most people failed to realize that Mccain is just another rich man who do not care about your suffering.

    " America people should go get second job to pay their mortgage, there will be no money for them"
    That meant their housing forclosure issues is not cause by mortgage lender, it is cause by ordinary people who were deceived into getting houses.
    Obama campaign are not doing a good job pointing out McCaflip flipper mispeak or wrong tactice.
    There are lots of tools for the Obama campaigns to use but they have failed to utilize them.

    August 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. wow!!!!

    Sen. Obama´s campaign should keep the negative ads against the albino to about two a day, can´t wait for the repugnants reaction........brainless hypocrites

    August 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Carmon Minneapolis MN

    They are filthy rich they dont care about us. Becoming President is just another notch under is $1,000 custom made belts. Ask yourself why does someone rich and powerful feel the need to rule over us common folks. Dont they already have enough power as it is. I call the GREED. And John McCain and Cindy are pretty darn full. I call that gluttony.

    August 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. obamaton

    Obama knows that he doesn't own a house in all 57 states!

    August 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Phil-Texas

    Do you know how many pairs of socks you have or how many different stocks your portfolio has. Give the man a break. No wonder Obama is falling in the polls. They need to dicuss things that really matter!!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. End the madness

    ...And this guy is going to be able to relate to the common people.
    He can't even remember where the front door on what house he's in is!

    Obama 08

    August 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Brandon - SC

    Yeah, but remember... with a name like "Barack Obama", he must be risky. So when America votes for another Republican who will fail us, all they will do is COMPLAIN for four MORE years, and then in 2012, vote republican again, because we love pain. It's why we will be overturned by 2020 and China will be the new world power.

    August 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Lewis

    Good job John!!! Keep it up

    August 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. gl

    McSame can not relate to the Average American people that is living from pay check to pay check and Mcsame doesn't know how many homes he own. Most American can not keep just one home from forecloures. McSame is too rich and doesn't think American people is having any economy problems.

    August 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Foreign observer

    How many Americans there are not knowing the number of their houses ? Guess it´s half the nation – all voting Republican !

    August 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Phil

    I think this points out which candidate is actually the elitist.

    August 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. CC Reston VA

    Okay Obama where is the ad on this one. Please Obama make me happy and put this ad on all the states.

    August 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. 60 year old white female, Mo

    This is ridiculous and McCain IS OUT OF TOUCH. We need someone who understand how the average american strugles. ..So far I see only Obama... Hillary makes too much money....
    Obam 08...!!!!

    August 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Jorge

    McCain probably couldn't answer the question because it wasn't part of his memorized stump speech , and he didn't have his note cards in front of him.

    August 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Chris, NJ

    4 homes?
    that's not that bad
    I was expecting something crazy like 10

    August 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. fred

    Is there a problem with owning more than 1 house? Once again Liberals want to verbally tax the American dream of becoming successful. It's sad.

    August 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Nancy, CA

    I've also heard McCain wears $520 shoes. And he's the one claiming Obama is out of touch with the average American worker. Wake up, everyone!!

    August 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Promises, promises...change, change...

    I sure hope that Mr. Obama will finally get down to the details and expose us to his great depth of understanding of the issues (economy, energy, etc) that America is facing. Come on, Barack, show us what you really KNOW about solutions to your country's problems! Get off of that mossy old Democrat stump and get REAL! BE REAL!!!

    August 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. TRAVIS

    I was so offended when I heard this. I'm glad we have one candidate (BO) that is like the rest of us running on a meager couple million a year and who is forced to stretch his wife’s modest $350k salary per year (that he helped her get as a crooked senator favor) to buy generic groceries at Food 4 Less.

    Is the Obama camp really going to bang on Johnny-Mac for being rich? God these people are stupid.

    August 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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