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Home Elevators Get Political in 2012 Election

Once an election year is over in the United States, it seems like there is maybe 6 months of reprieve before the next campaign begins to win the Presidency. Most of the time, this begins to mount from the opposition party, starting with a vetting process that heads toward the future direction of the next election. As you know from watching TV, the candidates like to attack the current President – Barack Obama – while the President responds by attacking right back. The information used to attack can sometimes be serious and other times silly. Here’s an example that falls in between, depending on your  political allegiance.

According to the New York Times, a special type of home elevator installation has been brought into the discussion for the 2012 presidential election, as an example of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney’s ‘image as a man of the people.’ In this case, it is Romney’s car elevator, located at his oceanfront home in San Diego, that is being used by the Democratic Party:

“Plans for the expansion, first reported by Politico and later obtained by The New York Times from a rival campaign, include a split-level, four-car garage with a “car lift,” an outdoor shower, and a 3,600-square-foot basement.”

We have discussed car elevators in this blog before and they primarily act as a way for high-rise apartment residents to get into their car without having to descend to a parking garage. Simply pull your car into the elevator and be transported to your floor. The article says that Obama’s team is using Romney’s plans for such an elevator to show how far removed from the low and middle class Romney is. However Romney’s campaign has defended the car elevator, albeit with a snarky response from Obama’s camp:

“The Romney campaign said that a ‘car elevator’ was simply a mechanism for storing cars in tight spaces, but that hasn’t stopped Mr. Romney’s rivals from jumping on the details of the planned expansion. [A] spokesman for President Obama’s re-election campaign, wrote, ‘But while Governor Romney has been quite specific about putting the finishing touches on his car elevator in La Jolla, he has hid many of his domestic and foreign policy plans under lock and key.’”

Do you think this might help or hurt Romney’s chances to secure the Republican nomination?


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