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McCain’s houses: hard work, or his wife’s wealth?

August 26, 2008

fiorina.jpegJohn McCain adviser Carly Fiorina is offering a new defense of the Republican candidate’s ownership of multiple homes , suggesting that it is due to his hard work rather than his wife’s money.

McCain’s wife Cindy is a wealthy heiress and the couple own between eight and 11 properties depending on how they are counted, according to the Talking Points Memo political blog. McCain responded to a question on the subject last week by saying he wasn’t sure how many properties he owned.

Cue criticism from his Democratic rival Barack Obama, who said it showed McCain was out of touch with millions of Americans struggling to pay mortgage costs.
Fiorina told CNN on Monday: “He is a man who has these blessings and these assets because he’s worked hard all his life. That’s part of the American dream.”

She also pointed out that McCain had a plan to address the home mortgage crisis, noted that Cindy McCain’s investment portfolio was managed by others and argued that Obama, who owns a house in Chicago, was in no position to judge when it came to house purchases.

“Obama got the opportunity to buy a house that he couldn’t afford through his associations with a gentleman named Tony Rezko who’s now in jail,” she said. “If we want to talk about houses and who’s out of touch with the American people we ought to be balanced in that.”

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LOL…does it really matter how many homes or rather it was from his wife inheritence or his hard work. The fact of the matter is they are his and his wife. Since marriage is a partnership what is his is also hers and vice versa. So does Obama own his home or does it belong to Michelle or does it belong to both. Again it is all BS…Please lets get down to real politics. What is their stance on the policies and where are they going to find the money to support their policies. I want to see as example their business plan.

Posted by Storm | Report as abusive
 

Wow, to be honest the houses are not a big issue. If we are going to look at credentials it does concern me that he graduated fifth from the bottom of his class in Naval Academy, abandoned his crippled wife and children for a rich heiress 18 years his junior, and that he got his start in politics from “carpet bagging” Arizona a place he had never lived.

That is some real dirt. This other stuff is fluff.

Posted by Charlie Brown | Report as abusive
 

Maybe not on its own … but in light of this: “when each was asked to define ‘rich’”.

Obama – “I would argue that if you are making more than $250,000, then you are in the top 3, 4 percent of this country,” … “You are doing well.”

McCain – “I think if you’re just talking about income, how about $5 million?”

I think the puzzle is coming together more and more clear. McCain was born wealthy and powerful, married wealthy and powerful and can only relate to wealth and power cause that’s his world. (Sounds like someone else).

Obama was born to a lower working class parent. Pulled himself up by his own bootsraps (though a supportive and encouraging family was definitely there) and then returned to the working class roots before he rose up to US senate.

Though Fiorina doesn’t intend to, she makes the distinction quite clear, “Obama got the opportunity to buy a house that he couldn’t afford…”. Notice the word, ‘afford’.

What great enterprises did he run to make all his money?

Posted by Julian | Report as abusive
 

McCain’s lack of knowledge of his own assets is proof that Americans can not trust him with the country’s assets. He knows nothing about the economy so how can he fix it? The republicans bring up Rezco to deflect attention from McCain’s ignorance. First they tried to say Obama laughs at poor people while sipping lattes on the golf course at the country club. Now people know that McCain is the out of touch elitist. McCain is the one sitting in one of his many houses laughing at how he can exploit his POW ordeal to avoid answering ANY questions.
The tables have turned. There is no excuse for why McCain doesn’t know how many houses he owns. NONE. Not even his 5 and 1/2 years in the Hanoi Hilton. He is clearly still a dunce just like he was in the Naval Academy; just like George W. Bush. He has difficulty grasping issues like his household finances. He couldn’t possibly fix this country’s economic troubles.

Posted by 4real | Report as abusive
 

EVERYONE KNOWS McCAIN AND OBAMA ARE BOTH MULTI-MILLIONAIRES.

WHO CARES HOW MANY HOMES THEY HAVE? I WANT THEM TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES!

WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT TO BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA? WHY DID HE REFUSE TO THE TEN TOWN-HALL MEETINGS? DOES HE REALLY NEED TO READ EVERYTHING FROM A TELEPROMPTER?

HE STABBED HILLARY IN THE BACK AND I’M VOTING FOR JOHN McCAIN IN 2008.

 

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