This evening at a spaghetti dinner in Tilton, New Hampshire, Mitt Romney dismissed a question from a middle class New Englander asking if Romney believed the wealthiest Americans, like himself, should pitch in a little more so that middle class Americans could get a tax cut. When the questioner mentions that Romney owns four houses, he laughs and says “that’s a good idea.” Romney, in fact, owns three homes.
If you don’t believe us that his comments are out of touch, watch for yourself.
And you can read the transcript here:
QUESTIONER: I’m a middle class American, like a lot of people here. We’re all hurting, we really are. We New Englanders, we know that you should help your neighbors. It’s a little hard for me because I know you’re a multi-millionaire, I read this morning you have like four houses. Would you be willing to give up some of that so that we middle Americans can get some tax cuts?
ROMNEY: (Laughing) Well that’s an idea! Okay, that’s right. Um… Let’s see, well I don’t have four houses, that’s number one – although it’s a good idea, thank you for the idea.
SINCE 2008 – WHEN MCCAIN’S PROBLEM OF HAVING AN EXCESSIVE NUMBER OF HOMES – ROMNEY DOWNSIZED HIS SQUARE FOOTAGE BUT STILL OWNS THREE HOMES…
Since 2008 Romney Repositioned His Personal Real Estate Portfolio – Not Downsizing The Number Of Homes Just Square Feet. Boston Globe wrote of what Romney focused on between 2008 and 2011: “Amid the political fund-raisers and donations, Romney also repositioned his personal real estate portfolio. While he didn’t downsize in the number of homes owned — he had and still owns three — he did so in square footage. He retained his vacation home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, the lead presidential primary state and site of Romney’s announcement tomorrow in Stratham. But he traded his colonial in Belmont for a townhouse, and his nearly 10,000-square-foot ski house in Deer Valley, Utah, for a 3,000-square-foot oceanfront home in La Jolla, Calif. McCain himself had been criticized for his extensive — and some said, excessive — real estate holdings.” [Boston Globe, 6/1/11]
- · Boston Globe [Boston Globe, 6/1/11]
…THOUGH HE IS WORKING ON PLANS TO QUADRUPLE THE SIZE OF HIS $12 MILLION CALIFORNIA BEACH HOUSE
Romney Was Working On Plans To Quadruple The Size Of His La Jolla Home. GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, scheduled to attend a series of fundraisers this weekend in San Diego, is also working on plans to nearly quadruple the size of his $12 million oceanfront manse in La Jolla. Romney has filed an application with the city to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot, single-story home at 311 Dunemere Dr. and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure. No date has been set to consider the proposed coastal development and site development permits, which must be approved by the city. [San Diego Union-Tribune, 8/20/11]
…JUST NOT WHILE HE IS A CANDIDATE
Romney Campaign Said Romney’s Massive California House Expansion Would Not Occur While Romney’s Candidate. “A Mitt Romney campaign official emails to clarify that while the candidate has filed papers to expand his house in La Jolla, the project won't actually start while Romney is a presidential candidate. ‘Construction will not begin until the permits have been obtained and the campaign is finished,’ the official said. The reason for the expansion, according to the official, is family: ‘They want to enlarge their two bedroom home because with five married sons and 16 grandchildren it is inadequate for their needs.’” [Politico, 8/21/11]