October 17th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Enough with ‘Joe the Plumber,’ Palin says

 Palin has been advised to avoid campaign news.
Palin has been advised to avoid campaign news.

(CNN) – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told supporters at a North Carolina fundraiser that her aides discouraged her from watching campaign news because they thought she would get “depressed.”

“At those times on the campaign trail when sometimes it’s easy to get a little bit discouraged, when you know, when you happen to turn on the news when your campaign staffers will let you turn on the news,” she said Thursday night, to laughter from the crowd. “Usually they’re like ‘Oh my gosh, don’t watch, you’re going to, you know, you’re going to get depressed.’

“But yeah, sometimes you do get depressed watching what it is that they’re reporting and the spin and some of the distortion of what our message is and what we stand for, sometimes that, that gets draining,” she added. “But it’s at events like these and our rallies that we are so energized and inspired and we know that we are not alone. We feel your strength and we feel the power of prayer, so many of you tell us that you are praying for us and praying for our country, and that’s why we so appreciate you being here.”

The view isn’t all glum from the trail. “We even saw today, thank the Lord, we saw some movement,” looking upwards and making a fist. Another bright note for her, she said later, was visiting “pro-America” areas of the country.

"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe, we believe that the best of America is in the small towns that we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the 'real America,' being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation," she said.

"This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans. Those who are running our factories, and teaching our kids, and growing our food, and fighting our wars for us. Those who are protecting us in uniform. Those who are protecting the virtues of freedom."

After 24 hours dominated by the campaign’s latest unwitting celebrity, the Alaska governor conceded she was getting a little tired of talking about Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbach. “And I, I begged our speech writers, ‘Don’t make me say Joe the Plumber, please, in any speeches.’ And I was asked ‘Just one time, just at this fund raiser.’”

The McCain camp has encountered some playlist difficulties this year: Heart, John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Jackson Browne, and the Foo Fighters have all asked that the campaign stop using their songs on the trail. On Thursday, Palin expressed satisfaction with the latest musical selection.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had intro music by AC/DC before. That was kinda cool,” she said. “In fact, we were on the bus today, we were making a list of who are some celebrity singers who could come out and help us and gosh, for the life of us, the pickings were slim there. Who’s quasi-conservative out there in the celebrity land?”

Country singers Lee Greenwood and Hank Williams Jr. – who has written a song in tribute to the McCain-Palin ticket – have both appeared at events for the campaign. Palin thanked them both Thursday.

According to Palin, the 500-person event brought in roughly $800,000.


Filed under: Joe the plumber • Sarah Palin
soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. barbara

    Pro- American?? I resent that comment.

    October 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Mike in Ohio

    I guarantee that the areas of the U.S. that vote heavily for Obama/Biden are also very pro-America areas. That is the reason that they are voting for Obama/Biden. It is time to take our country back from the imbeciles.

    October 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. jeff - Dallas

    Palin is the most inarticulate candidate since Geogre Bush.

    October 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. LPLT

    I am insulted by her comment on "visiting pro-America areas." Every place in the country is "pro-America." Just because some people can see through Palin's views doesn't make them "anti-American."

    October 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Jared NC

    Sarah Palin is great conservative choice and is very friendly person. I met her at a rally in greenville NC. She is not afraid to tell the truth about barack: he was mentored by Bill Ayers, he gave money to ACORN, and lastlÝ Obama wants a socialist government. America is the home of the free and we shouldn't allow the US government to tell us who to give our money to and where to work. If Barack gets elected, which he probably won't after the debate, america will be on their way to socialism.

    October 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Debbie

    Just another sign that McCain and Palin rarely communicate.

    Maybe Palin should take some notes from the plumber.
    In 24 hours, the plumber has done 3 times more interviews than VP Palin has done in during the entire campaign. If Palin disagrees with McCain, shouldn't she give interviews?

    October 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Big Blue

    The look on her face when Nov 5th rolls around is going to be priceless.

    Obama 08'

    October 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. sabuc for Obama

    Sounds like somebody is jealous of the spot light!

    October 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    Sen. Obama is coming back to Virginia and he is going to seal the deal. The Commonwealth will finally be blue. It's a new day and age.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Saad from NJ

    Try telling that to your boss, my dear.

    October 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Jewel - GA

    Joe the Plumber? ...healthcare, education, taxes, foreclosures, economy,

    She doesn't get it!!!

    October 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. A dog barks in berkley round

    She looks like a clueless deer in the head lights and she is clueless.

    October 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. ME

    Olivia....GREAT post...

    October 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Concerned in MO

    Each time I hear Sarah Palin speak, the more convinced I become that McCain knew very little of her when he made his VP pick – Its becoming very obvious that he chose her for the wrong reasons. How frightening that a rambling, incoherent, woman may be put in a position to rule the free world. McCain's poor judgement and short temper make him a danger to our country also.

    October 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. rm

    Sarah is tired of Joe the plumber and America is really, really tired of Sarah Palin. Please stop talking.

    October 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Charlie Bradley

    For the person who said "That picture sums up her foreign policy experience" ...That picture sums up Sarah Palin. Period.

    October 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. james

    Sarah Palin is awesome!! Just the breath of fresh air this country and especially Washington needs.

    October 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. mary

    wink wink

    October 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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