GOP Senate hopeful forgets how many homes he owns

Tommy Thompson has something in common with John McCain

By Jillian Rayfield

Published October 8, 2012 1:19PM (EDT)

Tommy Thompson, running for Senate in Wisconsin, had trouble remembering just how many homes he owns.

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Thompson was asked for the number:

"'Three,' the veteran Republican responded last week at a campaign event.

Thompson has three houses? Isn't there another one?

'No,' he answered without hesitation."

His campaign later clarified that there is, in fact, a fourth house.

During the 2008 presidential race, John McCain also had to double-check on that. "I think — I'll have my staff get to you," he said. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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