First it was his seven homes. Now John McCain’s ‘man of the people’ image has been dented by the revelation that he owns 13 cars.
The 72-year-old Republican White House hopeful was last night accused of being out of touch with ordinary Americans.
His Democratic rival, Barack Obama, owns just one vehicle.
Mr McCain also came under fire for ‘flip-flopping’ on the financial troubles of the U.S.
Just a week after saying ‘the fundamentals of our economy are sound’, he was forced to admit: ‘We are in the most serious crisis since World War Two.’
Earlier this month, the Arizona senator admitted he couldn’t remember how many homes he owned with wife Cindy, who is the heiress to a brewery fortune.
Yesterday, he revealed the existence of a fleet of cars that makes John ‘Two Jags’ Prescott sound positively frugal.
The McCains own three foreign cars – a Lexus, a VW convertible, and a Honda.
The rest of the fleet is American, including a Cadillac; a Ford pick-up truck; two Jeeps and a sports utility vehicle, plus three electric ‘bubble cars’ for use at their Arizona holiday home.
The foreign cars will be a particular embarrassment to Mr McCain, as he boasted earlier this year: ‘I’ve bought American literally all my life, and I’m proud.’ His spokesman yesterday said this referred to his personal vehicle, the Cadillac.
Mr Obama’s lone vehicle is an American-made hybrid Ford.