While McCain was still in the green room, Leno got the audience warmed up.
"Tropical Storm Fay has soaked Florida ... ruining thousands of homes, most of them belonging to John McCain," Leno said during his monologue. "In fact, to make Sen. McCain feel at home tonight, I gave him 7 dressing rooms."
After their opening segment together on the stage, Leno came back from a commercial break to ask McCain, "For $1 million, how many houses do you have?"
McCain answered by first citing his time as a POW in Vietnam.
"Could I just mention to you, Jay, that, at a moment of seriousness," McCain began, "I spent five-and-a-half years in a prison cell. I didn't have a house. I didn't have a kitchen table. I didn't have a table. I didn't have a chair. And I didn't spend those five-and-a-half years because, not because I wanted to get a house when I got out.
"We spend our time in a condominium in Washington, in a condominium in Phoenix, sometime over here in the state of California, and we have a place up in northern Arizona," McCain continued, explaining how his campaign got to the number four in the count. (McCain is being conservative: ABC News’s count is ten homes on eight properties.)
McCain is "being conservative"? Is that a new euphemism for "he's lying"?
Granted, lying and being a conservative seem to go hand-in-hand these days...