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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  1. Olivia

    Every day that I come on this site I see an enormous amount of anti-Palin posts that makes me cringe. I know she has her supporters out there that visit this site, yet very few of their posts are printed. I know that many of mine are not.
    Palin is a smart, good-looking, above average woman. She must be enormously strong also because she is bearing up well against all the vitriolic stuff that's been thrown at her and her family. She has a bright future.

    I'm glad to hear she wants to drop Joe the plummer from her speeches. Smart of her to let Biden hang himself some more critisizing the very type of person he's supposed to be fighting for.

    Joe the plummer exposed Obama and his social philosophy, so alien to the average american. Obama was visiting Joe's turf and I'm glad he happened to asked about the very thing that was troubling a lot of people.

    October 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. chelle

    She is a excellent example of why a VP candidate should not be a virtual unknown. Imagine if John McCain's camp had picked Romney – he'd probably be winning or tied. She actually said PRO-AMERICAN parts of the country. As opposed to what exactly? If your vision of the country isn't hers that makes you ANTI-AMERICAN?

    Imagine her as President – please people leaning to McCain – imagine what her attitudes would do to the US itself and to its image around the world!

    October 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. travis

    @ Fake Independent Leaning to The Right

    3 Things Obama has done:
    1) US Senate Legislation to increase oversight of federal spending. Including putting federal check book online (Sarah Palin says she will get this done too, unfortunately, Obama already did it).
    2) US Senate Legislation to limit nuclear proliferation, and prevent terrorists from acquiring nukes.
    3) IL Senate Legislation for ethics reform, restricting gifts from Lobbyists (you know, Lobbyists aka John McCain's campaign staff)
    4) Inspired millions of people to move beyond the failed policies of GWB.

    PS I'm not worried about the Gallup traditional poll that is based on the model that elected your hero, GWB, 4 years ago.

    October 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Linda K.

    Independent, you're right about Obama supporters and the polls. I try to curb my feelings either way, but I think it is human nature to disregard what you don't like and praise what you do.

    Some things Senator Obama has done: he has cosponsored the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act with Senator Lugar (R), and traveled to Ukraine as part of this effort; he has cosponsored the Government Transparency Act with Senator Coburn (R). During his first year in the Senate alone he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored 427 more. Many of his bills have addressed energy concerns. He also sponsored bills on healthcare reform and the economy while serving in the Illinois senate.

    October 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. therealist

    Sarah will be the once women President of the United States. And the more mindless biased hate spewed by the left, the better..

    October 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Joyce Becker

    How sad they don't let Palin watch the news or even go on news programs like Meet the Press, they really have to hide her or she will say something stupid and no need for her to watch the news either as we don't want to upset her. What a wonderful VP and potential president she would make, knowing absolutely nothing about things, just think about that America when you go to vote!


    October 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Karl

    Hey "Independent leaning toward the right".

    Let's see 3 things Obama has done? That's easy:

    1) Beat McCain in debate #1
    2) Beat McCain in debate #2

    and, then of course...

    3) Beat McCain in debate #3

    October 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Noah

    You Liberals really are not intelligent at all. How could Joe the plumber have been a plant? Barack Obama approached him to talk with him, not the other way around. These campaigns are so careful about who they let in and who they let get close to Obama, this guy could not have been a plant. And now you wacky liberals want to attack him because he had the "nerve" to ask THE GREAT ONE a tough question? Don't blame Joe, blame Obama for letting his guard down and revealing his true beliefs for once, that he wants to make us a Socialist nation.

    October 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. T in the Big D

    What a dope! It was John McInsane that made "Joe the Plumber" the issue! It was you that made “Joe -Six Pack” an issue. So it ain't so “Joe”! Seems like Falin is "getting tired of “ordinary Joes”.

    Next time do your homework before you “adopt” the next “Joe”. We “ordinary folks” recognized him as a plant or someone who did not have the money to buy a six pack let alone a business when he posed his question to Obama!

    When all else fails...fall back on religion. I guess she'll be laying hands and speaking in tongues at the rallies for the next three weeks!

    Well Sarah, the Dems have been praying too! That's why Obama is leading the polls and setting the pace!

    I do not understand how anyone who makes less than 250K a year would consider themselves Republican...you can't afford the price of admission making that kind of money! The rich Republicans refer to you as the “Dime store Republicans”! You can't live where they live, work where they work, let alone be in their company!


    October 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |

    How about enough with joe 6 pack. No one ever got that anyway. You seem to want to ONLY talk about what is WRONG with OBAMA. well caribou barbie why don't you talk about what you and mcsame are going to do for this counrty. you are not that cute and you and you stupid facial "tics" (wink,wink) are also going old. you and mcasame deserve each other, neither one of you offer anything in the way of solutions for this country. you are a poor exact of today's woman.


    October 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Orbiting

    Joe the plumber clearly demonstrated exactly what theproblem is with America. LISTENING, nobody listens. Joe the plumber asked Obama, If I buy that business for $280,000, will my taxes increase? Now Obama has said many times, if you MAKE, I said MAKE $250,000 or more your taxes will be raised. Now when you think about what you make, is it what you paid for your car, house etc? This is why the poor, least educated states are red. They dont listen, but they know where the guns and ammo are in the house.
    Oh, and Joe owes back taxes. He should not be able to purchase a business until the back taxes are paid. Now is that really a patriotic, responsible American?

    October 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Un-Decided Voter, Now Decided

    So called "Independent leaning....." whatever:

    1 Ethics Reform
    2 Nuclear Proliferation Bill
    3 SCHIP bill which your candidate and Current president voted down.
    I could name more, but you are a waste of mine and many here's time

    You are no independent but a clouded mind.
    Get use to the fact that A president Obama will lead this once great nation to be great again.

    October 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Old White Guy

    Sure – enough of an operative that got caught in a well rehearsed lie and phony story.

    Sarah wants to save all that glory for herself without any other lairs on stage.

    Let's see the republican strategy for fixing the economy – is to lie? I'm sure the stock market will regain all it's loses with enough lies – way to go John and Sarah.

    October 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Joe in NJ

    "Last night on Letterman McCain had a very hard time making an argument that Palin was qualified."

    No, the reason McCain had a hard time was because Obama supporter Letterman kept badgering McCain even when he fully answered the questions he was asked.

    October 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. E

    She's Depressed? What a loser – apparently nothing can come out of her mouth unless she has been scripted. If this woman even comes close to the White House – watch out!
    McCain/Palin = BUSH and the ECONOMIC crisis of a lifetime.
    I'm still questioning McCain's judgement for selecting her.

    October 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Frank H Glandale Ca

    Yea him too but really enough of you Sarah Palin!!

    You should not be in this race anyway, You have no clue, and are just a parrot of the GOP good ol boys. I don't care what McCain says about you. You are not up to this job.

    I have watched you and your negative campaigning, and remember all of John McCain's ads have negative. For that matter so has his entire campaign has been negative.

    The McCain ads are full of lies. the only truth he has said is that he is not George Bush, but he leaves out that his plans to continue Bush's failed economic policies are true.

    Palin is an inexperienced, religious moron. For this reason alone, please, vote democratic. Let's run this bums out of office.

    I'm telling you Obama and my Grandma could not be worse then what Bush and his bunch have done to us.

    October 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. polpot

    All of the Odrama lemmings and fools will be disappointed once again. You all must have very short memories.

    Stop listening to the polls and the douchebags on TV.
    They are all clearly in the bag for OBama. And we all know what has happened in the past when the MSM tries to force their manchuirian candidate on the American people.

    The silent majority runs this country......not hollywood

    October 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |

    What PaliNOCCHIO has to say at this juncture is utterly, completely and holly IRRELEVANT.

    Next subject, PLEASE

    October 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. dEMOBRAT

    @ Independent leaning right- I know just how yah feel. Afterall I have always voted Democrat but cannot possibly vote for someone who has not acheived anything in government. As McCain said- voting for Obama would be asking us to take a great risk based on so little.

    I have had enough risk. McCain/Palin 08

    October 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Jay from 'Bama

    So basically, if your not a right wing conservative republican, you're anti-american... what a disgrace they are to the dreams of our fore-fathers and the constitution.

    October 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. A Real Feminist

    If this election has taught us anything it's that we need stricter campaign laws that fine politicians when these guys continually repeat distortions and straight up lies over and over again as if they're mentally feeble or just deliberately misleading the American people. To hear Palin accusing the Obama camp of distorting their message feels, quite frankly, sinister. She really, really scares me.

    October 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Spider

    Independent leaning toward the right-

    COME ON!!!
    Three things?

    Give them a chance, make it just one thing.

    Barack Obama was a Chicago community organizer. Did a wonderful job. Last year, there were more murders in Chicago then there was in war-torn Iraq.
    Barack Obama was an Illinois state Senator. Has the distinction of voting "Present" more time than any other state senator.
    Barack Obama is now a Federal Senator, representing the state of Illinois, in Washington. His campaign for President, however, has prevented him from holding a single meeting of the sub-committee on Afghanistan, that he chairs.

    This election year has proven one thing. If you really want a chance to be elected President, take no stand on hot-button issues your entire political career. If you have no record at all, there is nothing anyone can criticize.

    October 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Ken

    Interesting facts on Chicago

    Body count in the last six months 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago, 221 killed in Iraq.

    Sens. Barack Hussein Obama & Dick Durbin, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Gov. Rod Blogojevich, House leader Mike Madigan, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, Mayor Ri chard Daley.....the leadership in Illinois.....are all Democrats!!

    Thank them for the combat zone in Chicago!! The Medical Facilities are stretched beyond capacity with Combatants, Homeless and Welfare Patients.

    Of course, the Politicians are blaming each other. They can't blame the Republicans, they're aren't any!

    State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in the country.....far worse than New York or Calif. Seems like those with "their hand out, have taken care of themselves".

    Chicago school system is one of the worst in country!!

    This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois. Is this the "Change" he has in mind for you?? Think about it!!

    ...And he's gonna "fix" Washington politics?
    Yes Obama will do it to America toooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Linda32

    Does she think that those for Obama are anti-American??? This woman is crazy! News flash, WE LOVE AMERICA. Which is way we are so supportive of the Obama/Biden ticket.

    October 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Jared Lace

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

    Probably when they want to hear something that she says which is worth their time.

    October 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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