If you're worried about what kind of car the candidates are driving, I think you're worried about the wrong things when it comes to who to vote for on election day. But, as a point of interest whenever they debate over alternative fuels, fuel economy, and/or hybrid cars, I do think it is relevant to the story.
So here you go:
- John Edwards: His wife drives a Ford Escape hybrid SUV. His campaign also offsets his energy consumption by buying carbon offsets. He also owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica midsize SUV and a 1994 GMC truck.
- Sen Barack Obama: Leases a flex fuel vehicle, but can't always find an E85 pump. Update: After getting criticized for possible hypocrisy for driving a V8 Hemi-powered Chrysler 300C, Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has switched to a hybrid. Obama recently criticized Detroit for building gas-guzzling cars.
- Bill Richardson: Traded in his SUV Lincoln Navigator for a Ford Escape Hybrid in 2005. A few months later, he traded it in for a flex-fuel Chevy Tahoe LTZ.
- Hillary Clinton: Rides in a fleet designated by the Secret Service. Part of that fleet includes a Ford Escape Hybrid.
- Mitt Romney: Mitt announced his candidacy while standing in front of a hybrid Ford Escape and a Rambler from AMC. But he drives a Ford Mustang, while his wife drives a Cadillac SRX SUV. He did rent a flex-fuel vehicle in Iowa while campaigning.
- Rudolph Giuliana: Campaign uses a Cadillac Escalade, but Rudy will walk between destinations when the cameras are rolling. <- That's probably unfair of me, but it was noted in the article that he walked to his next destination after giving a talk on energy policy.
- John McCain: Drives a Cadillac CTS.