Presidential candidate John McCain isn't happy about having to explain why the Republican Party has had to buy running mate Sarah Palin $150,000 in clothes, hair styling and accessories.
McCain was asked several questions on Thursday about the shopping spree – and he answered each one more or less the same way: Palin needed clothes and they'll be donated to charity.
“She needed clothes at the time. They'll be donated at end of this campaign. They'll be donated to charity,” McCain told reporters on his campaign bus between Florida rallies.
Asked for details on how they'll be donated, McCain said, “It works by her getting some clothes when she was made the nominee of the party and it will be donated back to charity.”
Asked if he was surprised at the amount spent, McCain said, “It works that the clothes will be donated to charity.
“Nothing surprises me.”
McCain offered no further comment, except to say that the Republican National Committee doesn't buy his clothes.
News of the purchases, largely from upscale Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, contrasts with the image Palin has crafted as a typical hockey mom.
Asked Wednesday who had paid for the suit he was wearing, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden told WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Va.: “I pay for my suits. I pay for all of my own clothing.”