Obama Blasts McCain Over Houses, McCain Camp Fires Back

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From CBS News' John Bentley:

(SEDONA, ARIZ.) – It's not the way John McCain wanted to start his vacation. After saying yesterday he wasn't sure how many houses he and his wife own, Barack Obama attacked McCain over his understanding of the economy. "Somebody asked John McCain, 'how many houses do you have?' and he said, 'I'm not sure. I'll have to check with my staff.' True quote!" Obama said today at rally in Virginia. "By the way, the answer is John McCain has seven homes. So there's just a fundamental gap of understanding between John McCain's world and what people are going thru every single day here in America."

The McCain camp fired back that it's Obama who is "out of touch" with average Americans. "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 houses?" McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said. "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 Americans?"

The Obama campaign has already released a commercial about the quote, ending with a shot of the White House and the line, "Here is one house America can't afford to have John McCain move into."