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Monday, September 22, 2008

How John McCain Rolls

posted by on September 22 at 13:05 PM

In 13 cars.

When you have seven homes, that’s a lot of garages to fill. After the fuss over the number of residences owned by the two presidential nominees, NEWSWEEK looked into the candidates’ cars. And based on public vehicle-registration records, here’s the score. John and Cindy McCain: 13. Barack and Michelle Obama: one.

So what are they?

McCain’s personal ride, a 2004 Cadillac CTS, is no gas sipper, but it should make Detroit happy because it’s made by General Motors. “I’ve bought American literally all my life and I’m proud,” McCain said in the interview with Detroit’s WXYZ-TV. But the rest of his fleet is not all-American. There’s a 2005 Volkswagen convertible in the garage along with a 2001 Honda sedan. Otherwise, there’s a 2007 half-ton Ford pickup truck, which might come in handy on the Sedona ranch; a vintage 1960 Willys Jeep; a 2008 Jeep Wrangler; a 2000 Lincoln; and a 2001 GMC SUV. The McCains also own three 2000 NEV Gem electric vehicles, which are bubble-shaped cars popular in retirement communities.

Only the Cadillac is registered in the candidate’s name. Cindy McCain’s name is on 11 vehicles, though not the one she actually drives. That car, a Lexus, is registered to her family’s beer-distributor business and is outfitted with personalized plates that read MS BUD.

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But, like, Obama is an elitist snob.

Posted by w7ngman | September 22, 2008 1:08 PM

So what kind of car does Obama drive?

Posted by SDizzle | September 22, 2008 1:14 PM

@2 Obama drives a Toyota Prius.

Posted by Sad Comment | September 22, 2008 1:15 PM

@ 1: didn't some english dame recently say that?

Up is down, down is up. Truth is nothing.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 22, 2008 1:16 PM

@4 - Yeah, she said that Obama has been quite the snob to all of "those rednecks" (her words not mine) in America.

Posted by Sad Comment | September 22, 2008 1:19 PM

Obama drives an Escape Hybrid.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 22, 2008 1:20 PM

According to that report, Barack Obama owns one car that he shares with Michelle, a Ford Escape Hybrid. Damn elitist liberal!

Posted by kebabs | September 22, 2008 1:21 PM

@6- Who knows, CNN just reported that he drives a Prius.

Posted by Sad Comment | September 22, 2008 1:23 PM

@3 - Did you read the article at all? It says in the third paragraph that Obama drives a Ford Escape Hybrid. It replaced a Chrysler 300c after he caught shit for driving a gas guzzler and attacking detroit for not doing enough for fuel economy.

Posted by Super Jesse | September 22, 2008 1:24 PM

Obama drive a Subaru brat!

Posted by randy beaver | September 22, 2008 1:30 PM

If you are actually interested in seeing one of those GEM electric vehicles in action, Metro uses them in the downtown bus tunnel for maintenance duties.

Posted by McBastard | September 22, 2008 1:56 PM

Obama drives an Escape hybrid? That car is a plastic POS. This changes my opinion of him, for the worse.

Posted by Boyd main | September 22, 2008 2:08 PM

OK we've done houses.

We've done cars.

Now: how many servants ??

Posted by PC | September 22, 2008 2:08 PM

Agreed, PC. This is starting to remind me of that game MASH that we used to play in middle school.

Posted by rlv | September 22, 2008 2:20 PM

Hey, when McCain was a POW in the Hanoi Hilton, he wasn't allowed to drive ANY cars! So lay off!

Posted by laterite | September 22, 2008 2:24 PM

Barack Obama drives an Escape Hybrid.

Call your Senator and demand they ask Obama: What is he escaping from?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | September 22, 2008 2:57 PM

OK, before you all start clamoring to know, I drive an 11 year old VW Golf GL. Satisfied, you fucking hyenas? Well? Are you?

Are you?

Posted by elenchos | September 22, 2008 3:01 PM

you gotta admit that a 1960 Willys is a pretty fucking sweet ride.

Posted by max solomon | September 22, 2008 3:42 PM

"Obama's lone vehicle also is a green machine, a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. He bought it last year to replace the family's Chrysler 300C, a Hemi-powered sedan. Obama ditched the 300C, once 50 Cent's preferred ride, after taking heat for driving a guzzler while haranguing Detroit about building more fuel-efficient cars."

"once 50 Cent's preferred ride"? HOW is that relevant, except if you are deliberately trying to link Obama to the ghetto culture, which most Americans consider seamy and disreputable, to make him seem more black in a bad way? Newsweak, your bias is showing, and it is ugly and gross.

Posted by east coaster | September 22, 2008 10:52 PM

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