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McCain unsure how many houses he owns

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  1. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    onathan Martin, Mike Allen Thu Aug 21, 7:34 AM ET

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.

    "I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

    The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.

    In recent weeks, Democrats have stepped up their effort to caricature McCain as living an outlandishly rich lifestyle — a bit of payback to the GOP for portraying Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as an elitist, and for turning the spotlight in 2004 on the five homes owned by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry.

    Pro-Obama labor groups have sent out mailers highlighting McCain’s wealth, and prominent Democrats have included references to it in comments to reporters.

    Twice in the past two weeks, those Democrats have focused on McCain’s houses.

    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Politico’s Ben Smith that it was McCain “who wears $500 shoes, has six houses and comes from one of the richest families in his state."

    And David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, referred in an interview with Adam Nagourney of The New York Times to an imagined meeting of McCain strategists “on the portico of the McCain estate in Sedona — or maybe in one of his six other houses.”

    The Obama campaign seized on the house issue Thursday with an ad called "Seven," claiming that's the number of houses McCain has. The ad closes with a shot of the White House and the narration: "Here's ONE house American can't afford to let John McCain move into."

    McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in response: "Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people 'cling' to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?

    “The reality is that Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes and opposition to producing more energy here at home as gas prices skyrocket show he’s completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.”

    At a campaign appearance in Chester, Va., on Thursday morning, Obama said: "Somebody asked John McCain, 'How many houses do you have?’ And he said, I’m not sure. I’ll have to check with my staff. True quote: I’m not sure, I’ll have to check with my staff. So they asked his staff and he said, at least four. At least four! ...

    "If you’re like me and you’ve got one house – or you were like the millions of people who are struggling right now to keep up with their mortgage so that they don’t lose their home — you might have a different perspective. By the way, the answer is: John McCain has seven homes. So there’s just a fundamental gap of understanding between John McCain's world and what people are going through every single day here in America."

    McCain’s comments came four days after he initially told Pastor Rick Warren during a faith forum on Sunday his threshold for considering someone rich is $5 million — a careless comment he quickly corrected.

    In the interview, McCain did not offer an alternate number, but had a new answer ready.

    “I define rich in other ways besides income,” he said. “Some people are wealthy and rich in their lives and their children and their ability to educate them. Others are poor if they’re billionaires.”

    McCain, by anyone's measure, is well-off, if you account for his wife's fortune. Cindy McCain inherited control of her father’s beer distributorship, the largest in Arizona, and has an estimated worth of more than $100 million.
  2. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    It is not 7 it is 8 when you count the White House.

    But what they heck Obama thinks we have 57 states. :lmao:
  3. Rackat

    Rackat Active Member

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    Touch'e! :laugh2:
  4. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Number of houses? Three.
    Obama's long-lost brothers? 17.
  5. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    I am sure McCain was worried he would say 4 and then find out her business owned a small apartment and would get called out on it.
  6. bbgun

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    Why is this an issue? He hasn't campaigned as an anti-millionaire candidate or as a "champion of the little guy" like that phony John Edwards. I could care less how many homes he owns so long as he pays his property taxes.
  7. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    It is part of the GOP mantra against the dems during presidential elections.

    Paint the dems as Elitists.

    We have someone here that does not believe the Repubs candidate is an elitist.

    I say they both are and this is just another example of it IMO.
  8. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    You are right. I don't think money is what makes a person an elitist and that seems to be your entire definition of what an elitist is.
  9. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Actually no it wasn't and I explained that but you did not want to hear it.
  10. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Heck, I have four houses. I wonder if that means I can run for President?

    :laugh2:
  11. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I read it and disagree with it. I'm not going down this long road with you again we clearly see this from 2 different points of view. It just appears that way, this article had to do with the homes McCain owns so how does that make him an elitist because of his possessions?
  12. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I have two...One I normally stay in and the dog house I have to stay in when I get in trouble with the wife. :laugh2:
  13. bbgun

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    I live in an apartment, therefore I have no presidential or marital aspirations whatsoever.
  14. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Good point, excellent point! Hell, I may already have reached the minimum number necessary to qualify for such a post. If so, I'm going to need a running mate. What are you doing this coming fall?

    :D
  15. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    When did we lose a few states? :D
  16. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Now here is a wise man. Heck, you should probably be President.

    ;)
  17. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Wow, Presidential candidates are wealthy. Who'd of ever thunk it?
  18. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    The same way that someone in a similar position during the last election cycle made the GOP label him a Elitist because he had multiple homes and married a rich wife.

    Or I guess you could go a completely different angle and say they are implying that he is addle brained and can not even remember how many houses he has.
  19. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    That was no label... it was true... ;)
  20. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Exactly. They are wealthy and they are darn sure that they know more than others so that makes them the people who should lead others. They are also sure that since they know more than others, the other guys views are beneath them and silly in many cases.

    What...the American people are unhappy about something and let it be known...most presidents just don't care because they feel they know better.

    There are more than one side of the coin to the term. However the GOP has used it for years now, and still are using it, when talking about dem candidates. I find it amusing the get a little taste of their own medicine.

    It still amazes me that people today do not see presidential candidates from both parties as elitists. I don't know if it is a thing where they are so ingrained with the parties mantra to use it against the other party or if they really don't see it...either way, boggles my mind.

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