October 17th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
10 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. grahame

    $800,000 aint enough.
    Please give to the Palin/McCain retirement fund so that he can spend his twilight years in comfort and she can hire a good lawyer. Please Dear God in Heaven let Obama win. If not the once great USA will sink without a trace.

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Frank,MO

    And I, I begged our speech writers, ‘Don’t make me say Joe the Plumber, please, in any speeches.’

    Could you be more of a puppet if you have to beg other people about what you 'have to say' and what you cannot ?

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA


    What a JOKE! The Republicans are slime, they are vile. What's even sadder for this former-Republican is that the GOP has been "holier-than-thou-Christian" ....... but, we have found this election how utterly EVIL they can be!

    I am praying, that we, the People, will REJECT the politics of hate-lies-and-fear!

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Abby

    She constructs her sentences in a most absurd way. America, enough of this anti-intellectual stuff…studying and being smart and forming intelligent, thoughtful words is important!!!.

    Anyway, Don’t look at the polls. We must finish STRONG! None of this matters if we don’t Get Out The Vote!!!!

    Obama 08!

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. c

    I hope people never forget that this woman abused her power and lied on several occasions concerning her accomplishments.

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Integrity of all

    Don't want to mention Joe the Plummer anymore because a true vetting process of his story was not done--I wonder who else we know did not receive a true vetting.

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. TexicoFromMexico

    Let me tell you...Hank Jr. and the McCain Ticket BELONG together....can we say uneducated 'The South is gonna rise again" mentality! God I weep for our nation when washed up has beens like Hank Jr. and current hasbeens like Toby Keith can go around singing about kicking butt in wars when they themselves have no guts to dawn a uniform themselves! IF YOU CAN HEAR ME KETIH OR JR. GO DOWN TO YOUR LOCAL RECRUITER AND ENLIST! ........Have you ever noticed that Democrats are the ones that have saved us from the perils of the world....the Republicans never have...but they are the ones that have the sound bites!

    Can you picture Palin (with the Rebel flag behind her) Maybe they should start playing Dixie at their rallys! They seem to talk that game...lets se them do it!

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Ron L

    Frankly the I feel the BEST way for ABC, NBC, and CNN to get a chance to interview Governor Palin BEFORE the election is to reduce reporting on her to 5 or 10 seconds on the TV and make it VERY plain to the McCain campaign that her avoidance is UNACCEPTABLE to a VAST majority of Americans. Also CNN you need to stop posting ANYTHING she says or does on this site until she does an interview with Wolfe, Campbell, and / or Anderson.
    Why in the heck should she be allowed to avoid SEVERAL one on one interviews with news anchors??? EVERYBODY else that runs for the 2nd highest office in the land has had to do it...
    It's not right..and it is time to make a stand!!!

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Jim G pa

    It's amazing. Joe the plumber isn't even a licenced plumber. He is making about 40, 000 a year and the business he was talking about buying some day is making about $100,000. All will do better under Obama's plan. If i were the Republicans I would just shut up about Joe the plumber already!

    October 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. karen-phoenix

    ENOUGH of Palin!!! Besides she going to be impeached in Alaska for abusing her office and using tax payer money to build her house!!!

    October 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Scott in Atlanta

    This woman is one big, long, nauseating run-on sentence.

    October 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Len in Washington

    CNN you need to jump all over this comment about "pro-American areas."
    You and everyone else got all over Obama for his "bitter" comment and this statment by Palin is even more far reaching. This is insulting to most of America since she will only visit areas that will supply her with large crowds for the TV cameras.

    Everyone who blogs needs to get on this now.

    October 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. time for clear thinking

    independant leaning right...tell me more about why i should take a chance on john mcain of 2008, who is in no way shape or form the john mccain of 2000. he has flipped on every position he formerly endorsed..how can i trust him to lead the nation when ambition over integrity is all he has now.

    October 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Dave

    Yuck, she is so fake!

    October 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Mickie in PA

    Sarah Palin not only doesn't talk to the press, she doesn't want to watch the news either because she might get depressed (LOL). What a poor representation of womanhood she is. Now she is going to appear on SNL - is she running for last comedian standing or Vice President. At least as last comedian standing she wouldn't have to practice for it.

    October 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Corinne Halberg

    What on earth does she mean by "pro American areas?" Come visit me, lady ... I'm pro America, but I'm anti you!

    October 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. FAYE, NV

    Palin talking about being depressed, she's right, I guess she thinks her party is the only Americans in the world. Get a clue please.

    Here again shows Palin not knowing anything, other than what is written for her.


    October 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Dave (Chicago)

    Independent leaning toward the right

    You must be as shallow as Sarah Palin

    October 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Sasha, CA

    Kaye Martin,

    I will take the liberty to answer your question.

    She will not be allowed to be interviewed by any of the credible journalist until after the election... or perhaps never.

    October 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Micho

    America would be ridiculed if McCain/Palin are elected. Palin is an insult to the american people.

    October 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Kathy in CT

    She's visiting "PRO-AMERICAN" areas of the country?

    Can you get any more divisive than THAT?

    Guess those of us in the Nutmeg state are just a bunch of . . . . . .

    who knows? She'll have to ask Joe Lieberman.

    Seriously - at a time when our economy is tanking, people are worried sick about jobs and their future, do we really need a politician dividing us up into pro and, by inference, anti-Americans?

    And how dare Ms. Palin accuse ANY of us of being anything other than PRO-America. At least my husband isn't part of some separatist movement.

    October 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Republican Supporters in the Dark

    It's convenient for Sarah to stop talking about Republican plant 'Joe the Plumber' because everyone found out that 1. He is not a licensed plumber 2. He has evaded paying taxes 3. He is a registered republican and was never going to vote for Obama to begin with. John McCain has essentially made the same error in judgment as when he selected Sarah Palin as his running mate – McCain DID NOT VET 'JOE THE PLUMBER' before using him as a side-kick, HE DID NOT VET SARAH PALIN – and now we know that she has abused her office among other things. The McCain campaign is really desperate – ERRATIC!

    October 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. R

    The pic shows their chances of winning next month. [HA!]

    October 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Golly, Palin not being allowed to watch TV news programs! *wink* Oh my gosh, what did she watch instead–Dora the Explorer? Sesame Street? Chowder? Hmmmm...maybe those are a bit too intellectual for her. We'll go with the Teletubbies, I think that's more of her style and probably what her limited intellect can handle.

    "Another bright note for her, she said later, was visiting “pro-America” areas of the country." Where are the non-pro-America areas? Do we have areas of this nation that are not pro-American? We need to know!!

    BTW, didn't she violate some ethics thingy in Alaska?

    October 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Terry from Texas

    You Obama fans really show your ignorance. You actually believe he's not going to raise your taxes. Well, believe it - if you lower taxes on 95% of the people and raise taxes only on the wealthiest 5%, you will end up with very little, if any, tax revenue. Obama knows this and so do his cohorts in Congress, and they are all telling you bold fased lies. Clinton did exactly the same thing: he campaigned on tax cuts and AS SOON as he got in office, everybody's tax rates were raised. Everybody's! Obama will have a huge tax increase to pay for his new Great Society, where he'll "take care" of all you liberals who want a government handout.

    October 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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