Do Mitt Romney's Expensive Things Define Him?

Aside from the infamous car elevator, Romney also has a few multimillion dollar homes, but he also has a long history of charity and frugality.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a town-hall campaign meeting at Bradley University March 19, 2012 in Peoria, IL. Romney is campaigning in Illinois the day before that state’s primary elections, when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26. *** Local Caption *** Mitt Romney

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When the Boston Globe reported on Monday that Mitt Romney might be selling his La Jolla, Calif., mansion—the one with the famed car elevator that made him look so out-of-touch in 2012—much of the reaction focused on the home's amenities. Politico talked about its square footage, ocean view, and outdoor shower. CBS noted that the Romneys paid $12 million for the property in 2008 and built a newer, bigger house on it that angered neighbors with its size.

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