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.

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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Rita, Nebraska

    Would you really want Sarah Palin to be able to ask the FBI to look at her personal enemies the way she abused her power in her home state as Gov?

    October 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Ed in OH

    All Obama needs to do is snag Virginia and it is O V E R !!!!!!

    October 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Josh

    Enough with Palin. Insult to American intellect.

    October 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Karen, Arkansas

    I think Failin didn't like "joe" getting more media attention than her lately.

    Wonder if McSame's numbers will go up with Failin on SNL.

    October 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. polpot

    McCain -Palin, 2008

    Better get used to it !!!!!!!!!!

    I know the blacks want Obama in the white house, but this country and election is not about blacks !!

    October 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Betty

    Independent – I beg to disagree but it is the republicans who are the hypocrits. They call Obama a socialist when their own party and their own president called for a $700 billion bailout which the house republicans refused to vote yes on until another $150 billion in pork was added. Umm, if giving $700 billion to banks is not a socialist act then I don't know what is, "my friend". Also McCain says he will not raise taxes, yet his health plan is to give us each $5,000 to try to find a health insurance policy, and then tax that $5,000 – if you are in the 25% tax bracket you will pay $1,250 more in taxes. But note he is not even honest enough to say so in his debate and left it up to Obama to point that out. At least Obama is man enough and honest enough to tell us the truth! If you want to know what Obama did as a senator you can go to the senate website and see what his voting record is – I'm not going to do your research for you "my friend". McCain on the other hand has voted with Bush 90% of the time and then tries to distance himself from his good buddy in the debate. Your arguments don't fly. You are not even honest enough to admit you are a republican and instead call yourself an independent. HA!

    Obama/Biden '08!!

    October 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. proud army and navy mom


    So that's how Palin stays sooooo ignorant and unaware, mccain's handlers insists that she does.

    Palin's too ridiculous to even know or care. She seems like a weak, female victim almost....something like Cindy Mccain

    October 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. lisa m

    Palin gets depressed by watching the news?
    Welcome to the club.
    BTW Joe the Plumber was a Republican re-invention of a real person.
    McCain you guess picked another winner there.

    Are the Republicans trying to lose the election

    October 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Faye

    Why do CNN spends so much time and spotlight on McCain and Palin and less on Obama. This is pathetic because we can only bash McCain/Palin because they are studpid and will do anything for the spotlight. CNN post something about what McCain/Palin is going to do for this country next time.

    October 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. kleeneth

    Obama's ability to "think on his feet," a crucial indicator of executive ability, rivals that of JFK, and stands in clear distinction from the tottering McCain.
    But even if McCain by himself trumped Obama, the presence of the blithering Palin on the Republican ticket would be sufficient to reject it.

    October 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. AJ

    Way enough with Joe the plumber. It's amazing the stupid things the American electorate gets fixated on.

    October 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Joy Kempf

    I would like to know where these pro-American regions are. I know a pro-American typing this message that is not voting for this ticket. What an insulting comment, almost as good as "East Coast Politics".

    October 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Rightsaid

    Oh "thank the Lord"?
    Good grief. Keep this holier than thou attitude out of the white house!!!!!!!

    Obama-Biden '08!

    October 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Molly B

    Hey "Independent" I'm not so concerned with what Obama has
    DONE - I truly believe he will turn this country and it's people
    around and into a far better world. I look for him to heal our
    wounds with the world if possible. We are in desparate,
    desparate need of a leader of his caliber!!!!!

    October 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Matt

    Funny...I suppose Alaska and the secessionist-minded AIP, to which her husband belonged, don't count as anti-American?

    October 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. She's Depressed?

    She will be depressed when she has to head back to Alaska this fall and face her own "music" of impeachment.

    October 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. CitizenAJ

    To the blogger who calls him/herself Independent leaning toward the right, NO ONE has open the champaign bottles and no one thinks this race is over. O.k.?

    Now, how does a candidate travel around the country and say things like "I enjoy visiting the pro-America parts of the country". Does she have ANY idea of what her words may cause? Obviously not since SHE NEVER repudiated the "kill him" comments at her rally two Saturdays ago. She is calling a large part of America, anti-American. Unprecedented for someone seeking support from all of America. What is she going to do, governing the "pro-American" portions of America if she becomes VP? If she did not sound cluess in the Couric interview, she is really sounding clueless and polarizing now. Great choice "Maverick". I would rather have "Goose"!

    October 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Cathy from Colorado

    Interesting comments–McCain/palin need rallies to boost THEIR SPIRITS due to the media spin on their "message".

    Obama/Biden, on the other hand, deliver a message of change, hope and actively encourage people to participate in the democratic process.

    Now who are the true leaders?

    October 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. done

    Interesting thing...I voted for Obama today, and when I cast the ballot it felt an awful like punching Palin in the Face...it felt good 🙂

    October 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    John McCain will win the election on November 4 2008. You will be hearing from Sarah Palin for four more years so get used to it. Obama will be a disaster for America that is why he will LOSE. Sarah Palin has more experience than Obama when it comes to running the government.

    October 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Thompson

    I'm getting sleepy....

    October 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Strong Hillary supporter

    GO PALIN, I adore you!

    October 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Jeff, OH

    John McCain's campaign was just caught in ANOTHER lie. "Joe the
    plumber" was just another McCain / Palin Republican gimmick to
    again distract the public from the issue of the economy and the fact
    that the Republicans are responsible for the last eight years. Joe the
    plumber doesn't even have a plumber's license, owes back taxes(so
    much for his caring about the country), and word is he is related to Charles Keating of The Keating Five. This is just an example of the many lies and deception of John McCain and Sara Palin if we allow ourselves to be once again tricked into voting the Republicans into the White House again. Wasn't eight years enough for the voters to overwhelm the polling stations and send a clear and concise message to the Republicans that they are finished ruining the country? I guess people care more about whether Sara Palin is doing Saturday night live, than if we are going to allow ourselves to hand
    over the possible presidency to the most unqualified candidate in
    US history.

    Democrats 08.

    October 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Southern view

    Thank you, Sarah for asking that Joe the Plumber not be the focal point of the McCain-Palin campaign anymore. First of all, Joe himself is getting battered at home. Second of all, Joe is not typical of small businessmen or Plumbers. He needs a license, the publicity didn't help him there. And most plumbers make 47,000 something, not over 250,000. Joe should buy the business and then deduct the business expenses he will certainly have. There's paltry little construction going on now, and homeowners are not taking on major improvement projects so maybe Joe's expenses are going to be higher than he anticipated compared to his income. Also, Joe should pay the taxes he owes before he complains about the ones he doesn't owe yet.

    Enough is enough.

    October 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Lost in Texas

    maybe she will be depressed to find that in spite of her negative campaign venom spewing, a lot of Americans are NOT buying it. And they are saying negative things in turn about her and the hateful things said at some of her rallies that as of yet she has done nothing about. She can always turn on right-wing talk radio to cheer her up, she can seem to do no wrong in that arena.

    October 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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