Romney boasts of Cadillac collection at Ford dealership

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, arrives for a business roundtable at a local car dealership, with Jim Click, Jr., President of Jim Click Automotive Team, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Ross D. Franklin
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, arrives for a business roundtable at a local car dealership, with Jim Click, Jr., President of Jim Click Automotive Team, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney highlighted his Michigan roots Wednesday at an Arizona Ford dealership, telling the owner about his collection of Cadillacs.

The Romney campaign set up the event at a Tucson showroom to highlight the former Massachusetts governor's business experience. But Romney wanted to talk cars.

"See I'm a Detroit guy, so, you know, I only have domestics. I have a couple of Cadillacs, at two different houses. You know, small crossovers," Romney told owner Jim Click as he toured the showroom ahead of the event.

Perhaps realizing his surroundings, Romney quickly added that he also has a Ford Mustang. Romney's father George was governor of Michigan in the 1960s.

According to financial disclosures released last month, the former Bain Capital executive is estimated to be worth somewhere between $190-$250 million. In addition to a Boston townhouse, Romney owns a beach house in California and a lake house in New Hampshire.

Wealthy presidential candidates often struggle to identify with average voters. In 2008, Republican nominee John McCain was tripped up after being unable to say how many homes he owned. In 2004, Republicans ran ads showing Democrat John Kerry windsurfing near his summer house in Nantucket.