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It's true; McCain has seven homes in five cities and three states.

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The Obama campaign, using the opening John McCain gave them, is planning a campaign-within-a campaign--fully coordinated with local Democrats-- to portray McCain as the candidate who is out of touch with the middle class because he could not recall how many homes he had.

McCain's many homes--are actually owned by his wife, Cindy, heiress to a beer fortune. For details, PolitiFact has a complete report on McCain's homes.

PolitiFact is a great resource for fact-checking and fact tracking McCain and Obama.


John McCain has seven houses.
Barack Obama on Monday, August 11th, 2008 in interview by Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod

His, hers, theirs: Seven houses for McCain

John McCain has attacked Barack Obama as an elitist who is out of touch with the needs of ordinary Americans.

In return, the Obama campaign charges that McCain is the elitist. The man has seven houses, the campaign claimed.

In an interview with Adam Nagourney of the New York Times, Obama strategist David Axelrod suggested McCain's campaign can't succeed by portraying Obama as out-of-touch because it reeks of hypocrisy.

"Obviously, his strategists met on the portico of the McCain estate in Sedona -- or maybe in one of his six other houses -- and decided what line of attack they were going to use," Axelrod said.

The Democratic National Committee has also attacked McCain on being out of touch. In an Aug. 12 news release called "Seven Months of Job Losses for Americans, Seven Houses for McCain," the DNC said McCain fails to understand the economic difficulties of Americans. Bloggers have repeated the claim and created video tours of the McCain properties.

First off, it would be more accurate to say McCain's wife owns most of their seven houses.

The McCains' property is mostly in the name of Cindy McCain, chairwoman Hensley & Co, a huge Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship that was founded by her parents. Records show she owns residences across the country.

1. The largest home is a creekside ranch near Sedona, Ariz., spread over more than six acres. That's where McCain entertained vice presidential prospects, including Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, over Memorial Day weekend. Records show it includes three houses and is worth about $1.1-million. The owner is listed as the Cindy Hensley McCain Family Trust.

2. In nearby Phoenix, Cindy McCain owns two combined condo units worth about $1.7-million. They're part of the Residences at 2211 Camelback, which bills itself as "The Valley of the Sun's finest example of life beyond the expected" at "the most preferred urban residential address in the prestigious Camelback Corridor."

3. In Arlington, Va., the McCains live in a three-bedroom high-rise condo worth $847,800, property records show.

4. They also own a condo in La Jolla, Calif., that's worth more than $1-million. The building overlooks a park and the Pacific Ocean.

Records also link the McCains to three other residences.

5. An Arizona company called Wild River Rental LLC, which records show is owned by Cindy McCain, is listed as the owner of Phoenix condo worth more than half a million dollars. The McCains bought the condo for their daughter Meghan, according to a story in GQ magazine and confirmed through a public records search. The reporter compared the inside to "a spaceship furnished by West Elm. There's a giant silver chimney that extends out of her fireplace into the ceiling about twenty feet above."

6. and 7. Dream Catcher Family LLC, a domestic corporation formed by the McCain family, owns two condos in a beachfront complex in Coronado, Calif. Tax records show one is valued at $2.7-million. The other was purchased this year, according to sales records. A sales price was not available.

Though the Obama campaign forgot to mention that it's actually McCain's wealthy wife who owns most of the property, we'll overlook the legal status to say the implication is correct. They're right in saying that McCain has seven homes in five cities and three states.

We rule the statement True.

11 Comments

...jeez Obama must be getting disparate. If somebody asked me how many homes I owned in the context of how many I lived in or could live in this moment, when I held leases with tenants which might or might not be expired this moment then that point would have to be clarified before I could give an exact figure, especially if I bought and sold homes. Its a Chicago Mafia style cheap shot to ask such a question for not other reason than to put them on the spot. How many hairs does Obama have on his head? Probably not as many as he has up his ass.

Obama still needs to define McCain. And its the easiest thing that he is not doing. A temperamental, very rich and out of touch individual who is trigger happy. That's freaking all! Did it take McCain to screw up on the houses that he had to label him out of touch when a few weeks ago, he was spotted wearing 500 dolla r loafers! Seriously, I admire the Obama campaign's effectiveness, but come down the ivory tower folks... Loose the degree mentality for a minute and get down and dirty.

Obama still needs to define McCain. And its the easiest thing that he is not doing. A temperamental, very rich and out of touch individual who is trigger happy. That's freaking all! Did it take McCain to screw up on the houses that he had to label him out of touch when a few weeks ago, he was spotted wearing 500 dolla r loafers! Seriously, I admire the Obama campaign's effectiveness, but come down the ivory tower folks... Loose the degree mentality for a minute and get down and dirty.

I don't know about you, but...

I'm voting for the guy who knows how many homes he owns.

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Mark Davis: Obama didn't ask the question. A reporter did. If McCain hadn't had a brain fart, he could have asked for a clarification: "Do you mean how many we use? Because some are just investment properties." That is a WAY better answer than, "I'll have my staff get back to you."

I am an Arizona resident who has been impatiently waiting for someone to point out that John McCain's attacks on Obama for being an elitist were hypocrtical at best. The mainstream news media could have pointed this out a long time ago... The information has been out there.

The point isn't who is richer than who. The point is that McCain who tries to come off like an average guy who understands the average Amercian's trials and tribulations... doesn't. Especially when he has an Economic Adviser saying that we the American people are bunch of "whiners" and that the money crunch we are feeling is just in our heads.

I used to think I liked Mccain when he ran for President in 2000. Now I cannot find much I do like about him. His Straight Talk Express has ran intself into a ditch. He reminds me more and more everyday of George Bush. Scary... One George Bush is more than this country can survive.

I am not saying Obama is perfect. As a matter of fact he has taken some positions (drilling for oil, nuclear power, illegal immmigration) that I deeply disagree with. But I do think he can relate to the averarage Joe. Obama just recently payed of his and Michelle's student loans and only recently bought a million dollar house due to the success of the books he has written. So, he has only recently become a part of the eltist class and could have done so earlier in life if he hadn't chose the path of public service.

We are always voting between one elite or another. The difference is... Do they remember where they started from? Are they still in touch with the average guy?

I beleive that Obama is in touch with the average guy and McCain is not.

YOU WANT OBAMA TO GET DOWN AND DIRTY, IF HE DOES
WHAT YOU WANT, HE WILL LOSE!
IF HE DOES WHAT HE DOES BEST, HE WILL WIN!
BARACK OBAMA IS THE BEST CANDIDATE, EVEN KARL
ROVE KNOWS THAT!
JOHN MCCAIN IS PAYING KARL ROVE SO HE IS FOR
MCCAIN!
AFTER BARACK OBAMA GIVES HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
HE WILL SHOOT WAY UP IN THE POLLS!
AFTER JOHN MCCAIN GIVES HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
OBAMA WILL SHOOT WAY UP IN THE POLLS!
BARACK OBAMA YOU HAD A GOOD DAY TODAY, THE GOP
AND MCCAIN ALREADY HAD THAT SCRIPT WAITING ON
YOU ABOUT REZKO, YOU FORCED THEIR HAND, THEY
CAN ONLY PLAY THAT CARD A FEW MORE TIMES!
MCCAIN WILL CONTINUE HIS FOOT IN MOUTH POLITICS!
HE IS A FOOT IN THE MOUTH GUY!
MCCAIN HASN'T LOST HIS TEMPER YET, BUT IT'S
COMING AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK!

For your free personal tour of John McCain's seven luxury homes, visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qtBATTiT7Y

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CONVENTION THIS WEEK,
HERE'S A PREDICTION- MCCAIN WILL RELEASE TV
COMMERCIALS ALL WEEK, BECAUSE HE IS A DISRESPECT-
FUL GUY!
HE HAS NO CLASS, AND KARL ROVE IS HIS GURU!
THESE GUYS ARE SO LOW, THEY PLAY HANDBALL ON THE
CURB!

HE IS IMPROVING, HE KNOWS WHERE 4 OF HIS HOUSES
ARE NOW!
AND SOME OF YOU WANT THIS GUY TO BE PRESIDENT,
DIDN'T YOUR PARENTS TEACH YOU ABOUT CORRECT
CHOICES!
DO YOU REALLY APPROVE OF KARL ROVE BEING INVOLVED
IN THIS MAN'S CAMPAIGN?
DO YOU THINK IT IS POLITICALLY CORRECT TO ATTACK
THE OTHER CANDIDATE DURING THE OTHER CANDIDATE'S
CONVENTION?
IF THIS IS HOW IT IS DONE, WE NEED HELP, WE NEED
A NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS!
MCCAIN AND ROVE AREN'T THE ANSWER, HEY MAYBE HE
WILL SELECT ROVE AS HIS RUNNING MATE AND THEY
WILL COMMUNICATE THROUGH PRISON GLASS!

I am a middle class single mom having a hard time paying for my ONE home right now. I think most of us not in the upper income bracket can all say we feel the pinch. SEVEN homes! At least try not to buy anymore while your runing for office, for peats sake! I am not sure I can vote for a guy who has seven homes and is convincing me he knows what a hard time I am going through.

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