After Republican presidential hopeful John McCain
couldn't specify the number of homes he owns, Democratic opponent Barack Obama
slammed him for not having "a very clear sense of what ordinary Americans are goin' through."
Obama told the CBS Early Show
Friday that McCain's comment and his policy positions "indicates that you're out of touch, you don't get it."
On Wednesday, McCain was asked by Politico.com
how many homes he owns with his wife Cindy, heir to the Hensley & Co. beer distribution company.
"I think - I'll have my staff get to you," McCain replied. "It's condominiums where - I'll have them get to you."
The remark set off a rapid-fire response from the Obama campaign and its surrogates. The Democratic National Committee distributed an Architectural Digest feature
on one of the McCains' estates.
Within hours, the Obama campaign released a new TV ad that ended with a shot of the White House. "It's seven, seven houses, and here's one house Americans can't afford John McCain to move into," the narrator said
The Washington Post
reported that the McCains have eight homes: a $1.1 million ranch in Sedona, AZ; a $4.7 million condo in Phoenix; a $847,800 condo in Arlington, VA; an oceanfront condo in La Jolla, CA; a $500,000 loft in Phoenix for their daughter; an additional $830,000 condo in Phoenix; and two beachfront condos in Coronado, CA, one valued at $2.7 million.