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. Maggie VT

    Maggie, VT

    If you google "Joe, the Plummer" a Robert comes up who is the son-in-law of Charles Keating. Bet McCain didn't know that!!!!!

    October 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Chris

    Agree JK

    Sarah Palin is visiting the "pro-American" parts of the country. What, are the "anti-American" parts of the country?

    October 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Jane in NC

    Why is the press letting her get away with anything she does and says? Why isn't the media pressing to make her accountable for the stuff she puts out in her stumps and speeches?

    October 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Matt

    "Joe's" father was Keating's son-in-law. He spent 40 months in prison for misapplying $14M three times during that whole mess.

    October 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Dan

    All she does is whine about the mechanics of the campaign.

    Could you maybe make a statement on an important issue?

    Enough of "Sara the Moosehunter" already.

    October 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. carson, UK

    To all of america ,

    Vote for obama ! we don't want to see the same policy as bush for the next 4 years ... VOTE FOR OBAMA !

    thank you all of you !

    October 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The reality is that Joe the Plumber, after the election, will set his alarm and return to plumbing–and maybe, if he is ambitious enough, will apply and get his plumber's license–especially if he is going to purchase the business–please "flush" the issue of Joe the Plumber.

    October 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Amy

    The only reason they're dropping Joe the Plumber is because Joe turned out to be Samuel the Unlicensed Plumbers Apprentice Who Owes The Government Back Taxes. The guy is a registered Republican who loves the war, loves his rifles, and doesn't make anywhere near the 250K he told Obama he did. Another Republican liar.

    Just one more person McCain should have vetted before he based his whole campaign on him!

    October 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Catholic Mother for Obama/Biden

    She carries no credible experience to be VP. Please read up on this lady! She broke ground for the Wasilla Hockey Rink project before the land was even legally available, now costing the taxpayers there untold thousands in litigation. Read up on how her husband, a non-elected guy, sits in on meetings and chimes up with his two cents. Do we want this seccessionist-wanna-be telling her how to run OUR affairs? This woman cannot even do an interview with any credible journalist. The time is now to get serious about this country before it is too late.

    October 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. MD in Oklahoma

    Is it because Joe-the-plumber isn't such a good example after all...they forgot to vet him. The way McCain/Palin have run their campaign is the way they will run/ruin the White House, with lies!

    October 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Clueless Airhead Palin is at it again huh?

    October 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Kate

    so if she can't watch TV because she'll get 'depressed' .. how is she going to run this country with 2 wars and a recession? This is surreal!!!!

    October 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. St Louis for Obama

    What areas of the country aren't "pro-America"? Gee, do tell us Sarah.

    October 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Blue By You

    I can't wait until you are back in Alaska, where you belong.

    October 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Jes

    Talk about being a celebrity...Sarah Palin will be on SNL this weekend!
    It's sad that she cannot think for herself or make her own decisions because the campaign thinks she'll screw something up.
    And Pro-America? Seriously, comments like those divide America...we need unity right now.
    For all of those who don't like the spread the wealth they hear from Obama, I do see your point. However, what if you were on the other side of the issue: you'd worked very hard but due to certain circumstances, just couldn't achieve enough to support yourself and family? You would want someone to help you, right?
    McCain will get us into more wars (thanks to his temper) and will probably die in office, leaving us with Sarah Palin...scary. You think Americans have lost respect of the world since Bush, just wait if Palin ends up commander-in-chief.

    October 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. true value hardaware

    what does Palin mean by "pro-american" parts of the USA?
    Is everyone who does not vote republican no matter what automatically Unamerican? Are swing states unamerican because they can't decide if they like this lady or not?

    What the heck kinda language is this coming from a presidential candidate?

    so much for country first.

    October 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Emily

    This woman is dangerous. How dare she, the wife of someone
    who wanted Alaska to separate from the US, talk like this. I truly
    think she needs a shrink to help her distinguish fact from fiction.

    October 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. THE WATCHER

    It's almost over.

    October 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Lisa P

    If by "energized and inspired" she means "angry and hate-filled" then I would say she's described the atmosphere at her rallies just about right. "Pro-America" indeed. Would that be Obama's America, which includes everyone, or Palin's America, which only includes the people who agree with her?

    October 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. nychag 4 Obama

    Ignorance is bliss.

    October 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Molly B

    People – don't completly underestimate Sara Palin. She isn't stupid,
    nor is she an idiot. I think she's well aware that she's linked to a
    loser. Listen to her very carefully. I think she is looking forward to
    the next presidential election where SHE WILL RUN AND WIN.
    Ach, I must go take an aspirin.

    October 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Valerie - North Carolina

    I guess Sarah Palin must consider my home state of North Carolina pro-American since she made that statement here. This is true, like the other 48 states, this Southern state is pro-American UNLIKE her home state of Alaska, with the support of both Palin and First-Dude Todd, actually suggested they seceed from the union and make Alaska a separate country. As this woman continues to reveal herself on the campaign trail, I am amazed that an experienced politian, such as McCain, would even consider such a person for his VP. She must never attain the position of VP and be in line for the presidency. That would be more of a disaster for this great country that George Bush!
    Vote intelligence – vote Obama/Biden.

    October 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Baby B

    So where are the "Anti-America" parts of the Country Palin? States that are still voting for you?

    October 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Jim from Middletown, CT

    Sarah, dear, what parts of the country are not "pro-America"? Please go away.

    October 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. former Democrat

    Go get'em Sarah!

    October 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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