Kaine on McCain's House Gaffe: "He Couldn't Count High Enough"

ABC News' Teddy Davis and Hope Ditto report: Obama V.P. prospect and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine mocked Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday for not knowing exactly how many houses he owns.

"I understand that Sen. McCain was asked yesterday this question, 'how many houses do you own?,' and he couldn't answer that question. He couldn’t count high enough apparently to even know how many houses he owns," said Kaine.

Time Magazine's The Page has the video. Watch it here.

Kaine, who made his remarks on CNN's "American Morning," was referring to an interview that the presumptive Republican nominee gave to Politico on Wednesday when the Arizona senator was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.

"I think -- I'll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It's condominiums where -- I'll have them get to you."

The correct answer, McCain's staff told Politico, is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia. Newsweek estimated this summer that the potential first couple owns at least seven properties.

UPDATE I: McCain Camp Counterpunches with Rezko:

While campaigning in Virginia on Thursday, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., joined Kaine in mocking McCain for not knowing how many houses he owned.

Read a full report from ABC's Jake Tapper.

The McCain campaign responded to Obama's criticism by invoking, among other things, his ties to convicted land developer Tony Rezko as well as the handsome sum he made last year from book sales.

"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?" asked McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. "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 reality," he added, "is that Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes and opposition to producing more energy here at home as gas prices skyrocket show he’s completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans."

UPDATE II: Obama Ad Hits McCain on His 7 Houses:

Quickly seizing on McCain's Politico interview in which he did not know how many houses he owns, the Obama campaign launched a national cable television ad on Thursday which brings up the Arizona senator's recent gaffe, identfies him as owning 7 houses, and paints him as being out of touch with the country's economic struggles.

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