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. Redphilly

    People just want the Republicans out of the White House.

    October 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. s. carlson

    Negative attacks on all US leaders is out of hand. CNN is one of the worst in trying to depict leaders, especially Republicans, in the most humiliating photos. What are we teaching the young people? Are they really believing the things the media selectively guides us to believe? Enough! If we didn't have a lease two strong political parties we would not be a democracy!

    October 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Greg

    This attitude of only Republicans love America drives me crazy.

    October 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. John from Belleville

    "pro-America" areas of the country?

    What does that mean?

    October 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. julie in nc

    @Veterans for Obama – Totally agree! And there is Obama's new ad...

    October 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Chris

    what the heck is a "pro america" area of the country? so some people/some areas are less pro america than others. i'd say mostly everyone in america is PRO AMERICA. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE DOESN'T AGREE WITH YOU, DOESN'T MAKE THEM LESS AMERICAN OR ANTI AMERICAN. your husband wants alaska to leave the union, thats pretty ANTI AMERICAN if you ask me.

    October 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Accountant Guy

    This woman is absolutely pathetic and I am ashamed that she is considered a American!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. boered1

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

    I have lived all across America and have yet to find a place that was not "Pro-America" ... well witht he exception of a few southerns states who are still fighting the civil watr and oh yeah Alaska which seems to elect politicians that support the Alaskan seccession movement... Guess she just means it is nice to get out of Alaska maybe?

    October 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Tony

    So now this fool considers any area of the country where they are not pro McCain anti-American?

    18 days and counting.

    October 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Michelle, PA

    Hmm...she was all over "Joe the Plumber" until the world found out he was a ficticious character and quite possibly a plant to provide a cheap 24-hour gimmick while the economy tanks, real people lose their incomes and lose sleep at night wondering about their futures. McCain himself seems torn over how low some in his operation are willing to stoop, but also doesn't seem to be in charge of his own campaign.

    Palin, for once, is right: stop the gimmicks. It's insulting to the real "Joe"s out there and demeaning to the American people's intelligence.

    October 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Carlos

    She is afraid that Joe the plumber stole her thunder...hehehehe

    October 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Little Miss Alaskan Voter

    so
    #1 where are these anti-american locations???

    #2 if the television depresses her, what happens when she travels to an economically deprived country? what will she do when she sees people starving and killing around the world? curl into a ball and quiver?

    October 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Greg in Mpls

    Seriously...I've been asking this question for a while now...how is it that McCain is as close as he is in the polls??

    Palin is such a liar and a bad one at that. His pick of her shows just how little McCain cares about this country.

    18 more days...please don't let them slip by without keeping your focus America! Vote and put Obama in the White House!

    October 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Ken in Dallas

    She knows to get off Joe the Plumber, because Joe's nothing but a shill for another of McCain's sideshow stunts. Wurzelbach turns out not to even be a plumber.

    October 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Mike

    Uh huh. After the voters learned that "Joe the Plumber" was a Republican plant who is named Samuel not Joe. Is not a licensed plumber. Makes Forty Thousand a year and owes back taxes. Dogonit the plans to drag him around to the speeches jus dunt lookins so good no moe Goooly (wink wink wink)

    October 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    The caption for the picture should be:

    Gov. Palin, what is your role as V.P. in John McCain's administration should he be elected.

    October 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. bee-dubbs

    Soooo, did she talk about any issues during that rally?

    October 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. MG

    ...and we're supposed to believe that she read or watched the news before being picked for VP...I seriously doubt it.

    I will never understand how someone who belongs to a group that doesn't want to be part of America thinks it's Ok to go around telling people who is and is not pro-american.

    Sarah Palin is a hypocrite who doesn't share my ethics or my view of america.

    October 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    Why do they want to dismiss Joe The Plumber? He's obviously a GOP operative. He's done more interviews with the press than Palin has.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Carole

    I swear to God, she's an idiot. If the American people are stupid enough to vote for her, we deserve everything we get.

    October 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Cheryl

    She "saw some movement today, thank the Lord"? The only movement most of America's waiting for is hers back to the Alaskan rock she crawled out from under.

    October 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Mike

    She has a problem with saying "Joe the Plumber" but "Joe Six-pack" is somehow better? Because we all know that everyday Americans are beer-swillers (sarcasm).

    October 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. JK

    So, Sarah Palin says that she is visiting the "pro-American" parts of the country. What, pray tell, are the "anti-American" parts of the country? Shall we start with ... hmm... Alaska? Home of the AIP to which Ms. Palin (or her husband – who knows the difference) herself sympathizes?

    CNN – when will we see some coverage of this?

    ** Please print this **

    October 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. ANGIE

    Veterans for Obama= What she is pretty much saying if you support Obama or The Democrats You are UNAMERICAN and you dont love your country SHE IS PATHETIC AINT SHE?

    Obama supporters do not take Senator Obamas lead forgranted you still have to get out there and rally up your friends family coworkers etc and most Important make sure on Nov 4 YOU GET OUT THERE AND VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!

    October 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Florence, SC

    Its so amazing how Palin manages to find time to open hockey game event, and even star on SNL, but she has yet to sit down in front of the American public and do an interview where she answers questions that are on the minds of many people. During this campaign we've heard her talk more about pitbulls, hockey, Ayers, and Obama than she has talked about the issue of John McCain.

    She wins hands down for hockey mom of the year, but the next President should be able to do more than attend hockey games and PTA meetings.

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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