Yesterday, when asked by Politico how many houses
he owns McCain said, “I think — I’ll have my staff get to you. Its condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”
This lead Obama to say, “Think about that. I guess if you think that being rich means you’ve got to make $5 million, and if you don’t know how many houses you have, then it’s not surprising that you might think the economy is fundamentally strong! But if you’re like me, and you’ve got one house… you might have a different perspective.”
The Obama campaign has also used McCain’s non-answer in a new ad that connects McCain’s wealth with being out of touch with the economy. You can view the ad below:
The McCain campaign released a statement about Obama that in fine McCain ’08 form pulled out all of the smears, including the now classic bitter.“Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people ‘cling’ to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said.
This is a noticeable change in Obama’s attacks on McCain. Finally, the Democrat is showing some aggressiveness. McCain’s non-answer also highlights the fact that this old man doesn’t seem to know what’s going on in his own life. If this is the case, the Obama campaign needs to ask how voters can trust a man is clueless about his own property to manage the economy, and if McCain did know how much property he owns, and just did not want to say, the Obama campaign needs to ask why?
This gaffe is typical of McCain. The story of his campaign so far, has been that every time he starts to make progress, he shoots himself in the foot. McCain opened the door wide for the Democrats on this one, and the Obama campaign would be wise to hammer this one every single day until Obama’s speech next Thursday.