Monday, September 22, 2008

Car Count

How many cars do you own?

John McCain: thirteen, including a 2004 Cadillac CTS.

Barack Obama: one; a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid.

To be fair, eleven of Mr. McCain’s cars are registered in his wife’s name:

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.

Can’t let all that garage space in the seven houses go to waste, now can we?

FYI: I own one: a 1988 Pontiac 6000 LE Safari station wagon with 243,000 miles on it. It gets about 22 mpg.