• Sep 23, 2008
A few weeks ago, the press made a big deal about the fact that John McCain had more houses than he could recall off the cuff. Newsweek has taken the next logical step towards providing the all-important TMI by finding out how many cars each candidate owns.

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle make do with just one vehicle; a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid that replaced the senator's un-PC but much cooler HEMI-powered Chrysler 300. McCain takes a more, ahem, liberal approach to vehicle ownership, with 13 cars and trucks to fill his seven garages. If we were wealthy and influential, we too would own a lot of cars. That would give us a tangible link to the Republican nominee, except for the fact that our collection of cars would be a hell of a lot cooler. McCain owns a 2004 Cadillac CTS as his daily driver, and it gets less interesting from there. Rounding out the Maverick's sizable stable is a 2005 VW convertible, a 2001 Honda sedan, a 2007 Ford pickup, a 2008 Wrangler, a 2000 Lincoln, a 2001 GMC SUV, three 2000 NEV Gem electric cars, and a vintage 1960 Willys Jeep. McCain's wife Cindy, who uses drifting as a form of therapy and sits atop a family fortune from her beer distribution company, drives a Lexus with "MS BUD" vanity plates.

Nothing in that crop of rides screams "I'm rich and powerful," but if you have seven houses, it makes sense to have at least one vehicle at each residence. What doesn't make sense is that all of those vehicles are about as exciting as sugar free tapioca pudding.

[Source: NewsWeek, Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Publishing and discussing what a president or a presidential candidate drives has been around as long as cars. It is interesting to note that he is the first one to drive "foreign" owned and made cars.

      BTW: In our home I legally "own" one truck and my wife legally "owns" the other. The cost of the trucks come out of both of our paychecks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reading most of these comments only confirms that most Americans are a bunch of retards. And we wonder why we're in trouble? You guys are just lame and a little racist I may add.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this the NYT??? Please lets keep the content to cars I do not care if Obama drives a Prius or a Hummer (this last one is more American) and the same goes for the other guy so...
      • 6 Years Ago
      ....by the way, those include a Jeep wrangler, two jeep commandos, and I did not count the 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer.....the flagship of NON GREEN gas mileage!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tor: McCain cheated on his wife, started an affair with a multimillionaire heiress, then dumped his first wife and married Cindy. Neither one of them "earned" anything: Cindy inherited it, and McCain married it.

      Wait, I forgot - in the service, McCain dated a stripper. THEN he moved home, cheated, got divorced, and married a multimillionaire heiress and absentee manager who funded his political career.

      But, of course, Obama is the elitist because of the type of lettuce he buys.
        • 6 Years Ago
        clearly, then..unlike Jack Kennedy...McCain, at age 72 has all that foolishness behind him, with no regrets, and can concentrate on being president and not sneaking women into the oval office or the white house for romps with the POTUS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      13 cars. I guess that means he has more experience with automobiles also
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a Michigander, I would appreciate if each campaign purchased 100 New cars each, preferably Michigan-made cars. Our economy could use the boost.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That says absolutely nothing about what he can do for America.... Is he going to give us all cars?

      • 6 Years Ago
      he was a POW. leave him alone! lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        it was a joke bro. take it easy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        horrifically stupid comments like this one is exactly why AB needs to stay out of politics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah. I think it was a joke. clam down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet, he's a Jeep guy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed, that is awsome I think :)

        and I also think the author has poor tastes, Jeeps dull? palease, they're more fun then any sports car you can get your hands on, ESCPECIALLY an old vintage one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought Cindy owned a tuned 240SX drifter with her son and a Corvette (I remember her drifting it in some video I watched). Could be wrong though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own 5 vehicles.

      ... just sayin'
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