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. jaizeah

    She's just upset because Joe the Plumber is competing with Joe Six Pack

    October 17, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. John, FL

    Enough with "Sarah Palin," John, FL says.

    October 17, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She doesn't get depressed – she depresses us. Abuse of power is very scarey after living with it the previous 8 years.

    October 17, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Steven Hartung

    Where exactly are the non pro-America portions of the country?

    October 17, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Hope is Coming

    How about enough is enough of Palin ! this lady is a real loser, she's so out of touch, the Mc-doomed ticket is a losing ticket, Old man and his daughter, how pathetic !

    October 17, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. chelle

    GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this person seriously up for VP of the UNITED STATES? Gosh....betcha...gotcha....and a 5year degree in basket weaving....excellent choice....

    October 17, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Jimi NY

    Enough with Sarah Palin . . .

    October 17, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Lee from FL

    is it because he is not a plumber?

    October 17, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. pat C.

    here it comes! she will bring her preacher out before it is over.

    October 17, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. inat2

    thank SNL for making 'joe the plumber' more of a joke than anything. . . that and 'maverick'

    October 17, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. RDS

    The reason they're going to stop talking about him is that he has been exposed as a cheat and a fraud. That's exactly what happens when you put people in the national spotlight. They sound find out the light is too bright. Obviously, Joe needs a tax break from Obama so that he can pay his back taxes.

    October 17, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Kaye Martin

    When will the American people get to see Governor Palin on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Jim Leher, or some other news source?

    October 17, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Independent leaning toward the right

    We'll see if CNN posts this...hopefully the 4th time is a charm

    Obama Bloggers…your hypocracy is shameless. When the polls show a double digit lead, you are declaring victory and taking the polls as Gospel. Now the lead is down to 2 in some polls and you are questioning the validity and importance of the polls. You are scared. People are waking up and slowly beginning to realize what a mistake an Obama Presidency would be. And as for campaign spending...if McCain were spending 3x as much as Obama you would be making comments here about how another Republican is trying to "buy" the presidency. Instead it's Obama who HAS to spend the money to refute the McCain campaign. Give me a break. So hypocritical. And for those of you who continue to brag about contributing to his campaign...how can you continue to give give give and then complain about how tough things and that you can barely afford to pay your bills. Get your priorities straight. He doesn't need any more of your money. I don't get it!

    I challenge you bloggers…Please tell me 3 things that Senator Obama has done. Not theories or promises. I want 3 tangible things he has actually done.

    Please…some original thought to this as well. The regurgitation of the same tired cliches from Obama supporters has gotten tiresome. Can someone actually take this challenge and add some ORIGINAL insight?

    Good Luck! Clock starts now.

    October 17, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Veterans For Obama

    I would be interested to know where in the U.S. she considers the "anti-american" regions? So pathetic to claim only her supporters are pro-american. I am very insulted!

    October 17, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Matt

    Someone shut her up.

    October 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Veterans For Obama

    The picture sums up her foreign policy experience.

    October 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Robert

    Palin said she enjoys visiting "pro-America" areas of the country"? So does she thinks there are "anti-America" parts of the country? And which areas are those, Gov. Palin? Are all the :"good guys" in red states, and all the "bad guys" in blue states? This is so typical of the McCain/Palin campaign to promote division and suspicion at a time when ALL Americans need to unify and pull together.

    October 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. McCain/Palin = Shameful, hateful behaviour

    "Another bright note for her, she said later, was visiting “pro-America” areas of the country."

    Nice. Very nice, Sarah. Meaning, I guess, that if you're anti-McCain, you're anti-American.

    Typical. Hateful. Shameful. Will you never stop trying to drive a wedge between people?

    Please, people, do NOT vote for the GOP ticket.

    October 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Greg, NY

    So they don't let her watch the news now? That's just terrible.

    For any fans of the movie Primary Colors...
    In the words of Governor Jack Stanton (As portrayed by John Travolta): "You can't run for president of the United States without CNN!"

    October 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. liz

    Did you ever think that it may not be the media twisting your views, that people could genuinely think you are an uber religious right wing idiot who doesn't even know what the Vice President does?

    October 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. ANGIE

    She should get depressed and the reason she wants to stop talking about Joe the Plumber because everyone is figuring out he was a Plant for the Republicans to try to make Obama look bad!

    October 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Bulldog

    Palin is nothing but a fraud. Last night on Letterman McCain had a very hard time making an argument that Palin was qualified. You could clearly tell he was grasping and lying through his fake teeth.

    October 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. its Over

    The more you hear this lady speaking, ... let me not say unkind things, but McCain shouldn't have done this.

    October 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. KahneeO

    Whatever happen to "Let Sarah be Sarah".

    They are constantly double talking within their campaign. The right shoe does know what the what sock want out.

    October 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. SA

    .......she (Palin) said later, was visiting “pro-America” areas of the country. So, anyone living in east coast is anti-America area?

    What a divisive fool! She should never be anywhere near the White House.

    October 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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