This is a question I, like everyone that I personally know, can answer instantly – especially in 2008’s foreclosure-filled climate. John McCain doesn’t seem to be able to answer this question off the top of his head.
At last week’s Saddleback Presidential Forum, Rick Warren asked John McCain, “On taxes, define rich…give me a number, a specific number. Where do you move from middle class to rich, is it 100,000, is it 50,000, is it 200?” McCain quantified the border between middle class and rich with “how about five million?”
When asked by Politico about the number of homes he owned, McCain replied:
I think – I’ll have my staff get to you. It’s condominiums where – I’ll have them get to you.
You know one way I define rich? If you have so many homes that you can’t keep track of them. Not only are you rich, you’re tragically out of touch.
And this is the guy that wants to cut his own taxes by $373,000 while giving miniscule tax relief to those actually struggling to keep their family’s one and only home. (All this while spending billions to perpetuate the war and balancing the budget by 2013. Amazing!)
Reports say that the McCains own between 7 and maybe 13 homes. That means that the bank could foreclose on five homes and he’d still have multiple residency options.
Some republicans have grumbled that Obama’s spending on a posh campaign jet is evidence that he will apply a cavalier attitude towards government spending. Shouldn’t those same people reach the same conclusion about a man who is so wealth he doesn’t even bother to keep track of the number of homes that he owns?