Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many pairs of Shorts he owns.
"I think — I'll have to get back to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "That's a conundrum there — I'll have take an inventory."
The correct answer is at least 20, which he takes with him where ever he travels, including to his homes located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff.
And a Politico analysis, assisted by the able staff of the National Enquirer, later in the day found McCain owns at least eight different styles, according to interviews with people who claim to know the cleaning staff of his homes.
In recent weeks, Democrats have stepped up their effort to caricature McCain as living an outlandishly rich lifestyle — a bit of payback to the GOP for portraying Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as an elitist, and for turning the spotlight in 2004 on the 75 pairs of Speedos rumored to be owned by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.).
Pro-Obama mens clothing manufacturing workers have sent out mailers highlighting McCain’s taste in clothes, and prominent Democrats have included references to this in comments to reporters.
Twice in the past two weeks those Democrats have focused on McCain’s wardrobe.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Politico’s Ben Smith that it was McCain “who wears $500 shoes, has six dozen pairs of socks and comes from one of the most wardrobe rich families in his state."
And David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, referred in an interview with Adam Nagourney of The New York Times to an imagined meeting of McCain clothing designers “on the portico of the McCain estate in Sedona — or maybe in one of his other homes.”
The Obama campaign seized on the Underwear issue Thursday with an ad called "44," (A subtle reference to the Office the 2 candidates are running for?) claiming that's the number of Shorts McCain has. The ad closes with a shot of a size 44 (Re-inforcing the 1st reference more flagrantly?) pair of Red (For Republican, wink, wink?) Hanes Brand with a Presidential Seal on its bottom side, and the narration: "Here's ONE pair of Underwear Americans can't afford to let John McCain slip into."
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in response: "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 Male Underwear? 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 American men and the Underwear they prefer?
“The reality is that Barack Obama’s, and the Democrats, fixation on the clothing choices of John McCain show he, and they, are completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.”
At a campaign appearance in Chester, Va., on Thursday morning, in which he again refused to discuss his choice for Vice President, Obama said: "Somebody asked John McCain, 'How many pairs of Underwear do you have?’ And he said, I’m not sure. I’ll have to get back to you. True quote: I’m not sure, I’ll have to get back to you. So they asked his staff and he said, at least 20. At least 20! ...
"If you’re like me and you’ve got only 2 pair of Shorts – or you were like the millions of men who are struggling right now to keep what few pairs of Shorts they own clean — you might have a different perspective. By the way, the answer is: John McCain has 44 CLEAN pairs of Underwear. So there’s just a fundamental gap of understanding between John McCain's world and what people are going through every single day here in America."
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