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.
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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.
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