October 17th, 2008
12:44 PM ET
6 years ago

Plungers greet Obama at Virginia Rally

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From left to right: Will Croswell, of the Washington D.C. area; Andrew Butash, of Scranton, Pennsylvania; Byron Hodkinson, from Melbourne, Austrailia; and Charlie Smith, also from the Washington D.C. area, greeted Sen. Obama in Virginia Friday. (Photo Credit: Sasha Johnson/CNN)

ROANOKE, Virginia (CNN) - The new symbol of the McCain campaign: the plunger.

As Democratic nominee Barack Obama pulled into the Roanoke Civic Center on Friday, he was greeted by the usual McCain campaign supporters that show at Obama rallies. But this time, those waving McCain-Palin signs were joined by dozens of people waving standard-issue plungers. Some wore white t-shirts emblazoned with "I AM JOE THE PLUMBER" on the front. The protesters all said they were volunteers and not paid by the McCain campaign.

The plungers serve as a reference to the 2008 campaign's latest cult personality, Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher of Holland Ohio. (Joe is actually his middle name. First name: Samuel).

While the plungers emerged in Roanoke, McCain's vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin told a fundraiser in neighboring North Carolina Thursday night that she's already tired of "Joe the Plumber."

"Don't make me say Joe the Plumber, please, in any speeches," Palin said.

soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. NC = blue in '08

    Plumbers voting against their economic interests. Joe the Plumber is a caricature. The real Joe is not really named Joe, is not a plumber, made 40K in 2006, and has not put a bid in for the business he wants to acquire (which only netted 100K last year, by the way). More right-wing propoganda

    October 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Martin Bormann

    Shouldn't their shirts say "I am Sam, the unlicensed, back tax oweing plumber who doesn't really make $250,000 a year?"

    October 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Independent for Obama!!

    I guess they are not suffering at all from the economic policies of the last 8 years, so I can understand their support. I however, am not better off today than I was eight years ago and my vote goes to Obama. He has the better plan for out country and the know how to carry the plan out. I love his outlook and the way he has run his campaign, his work and attitude gives me confidence and faith in his judgment. I cannot wait till Nov 4th and those guys protesting Obama can benefit from my vote even though they may not agree with me! Thanks but no thanks to Mccain/Palin!

    October 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. MB

    this campaign season has turned into an all out circus. so much for restoring our status in the world...

    October 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Gretchen

    Their ignorance is showing. Sad for them.

    October 17, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. A Well Educated Woman

    oh brother, another one falls for the McCain lies. I guess they didn't watch the debate when Obama said you would not be taxed unless you make 250K a year. It doesn't appear that the real Joe Plumber or any of these guys in the picture have to worry about that.

    October 17, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Yup and Palin is no more tired of "Joe" than we are of her! Now this boob is running around and speaking only in "pro-America area."

    Palin is the most insulting and dangerous (think George Bush) boob this election season. Let's hope she's back home in Oblivion, Alaska in time for her to be ousted from the governor's mansion.

    October 17, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. KJ, GA

    Those boys are just ignorant. If they did there research they would realize that they will recieve tax breaks under Obama's plan.

    You can be quite sure they don't make over $250,00 per yr, just by looking at them!

    October 17, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Bob

    They look as silly as all the other silly McCain supporters. And they probably don't realize that Joe the Plumber is a fraud...he isn't a plumber, he can't afford to buy the business (that doesn't make the $250,000), even if he could he would still get a tax cut, he makes 40k a year so he should be voting for Obama. So Joe the Plumber, as usual with many a McCain supporter, is misinformed (or self deluded). Sort of like their two candidates, eh?

    Bob in Milford

    October 17, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Rich in Seattle

    I know there is a joke in there in regards to McCain and Plumbers butt.

    October 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Yasriel

    Wow! One of the guys in the pic is from Australia.
    Hmmm....could McCain be taking contribution from foreigners?

    See the pic again...From left to right: Will Croswell, of the Washington D.C. area; Andrew Butash, of Scranton, Pennsylvania; Byron Hodkinson, from Melbourne, Austrailia; and Charlie Smith, also from the Washington D.C. area, greeted Sen. Obama in Virginia Friday. (Photo Credit: Sasha Johnson/CNN)

    October 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Transparency with Taxs

    Aren't there still some McCain and Palin taxes that have not been displayed? Whats up with that!

    October 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Sarah in SD

    Does that mean Mccain's campaign is going down the toilet?????

    October 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Richard

    If these guys were real plumbers, they would be working making the $20+ an hour that plumbers make. It's a good thing they have plungers, because McCain's campaign is in the toilet.

    October 17, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Sharon, TX

    Some folks truly "take pride in their ignorance."

    October 17, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Sue

    You mean these 4 guys are unlicensed, lying tax evaders?

    October 17, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    The plunger is a perfect prop for the last eight years of Bush-Cheney-McCain economic policies.

    October 17, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Nicola A. DeMarco, JD

    It was a plunger which was used to torture a Black Haitain immigrant in New York City.

    So, waving it front of Barack Obama has other implications.

    And by the way, find a real plumber to make your hero.

    October 17, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Candy West Virginia

    If you support mccain you might as well flush this country down the toilet so we'll need you guys. Is the clueless, pathological liar palin back in alaska yet? And last comment, why would people vote against their best interest just so they don't vote for a black man? How stupid and self destructive can you be? (I am a white woman by the way, and a PROUD supporter of Barack Hussein Obama!

    October 17, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. William

    Maybe they can get McCain's ugly desperate campaign out of the toilet.

    October 17, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. mama4obama

    Notice that Obama did not have them removed when protesting or supporting their personal views. Can we say the same for the McCain/Palin people?

    October 17, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. JB

    John McCain is gaining in the polls and he almost tied with Obama. John McCain did well at the last debate by lecturing on the issues and separating himself form George Bush, so this should go well in putting John Mccain ahead in the polls in the coming days. Joe the plumber was also a great help for Mccain too.

    October 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. AMY

    @NO HILLARY NO OBAMA...

    MCCAIN UPSET? IS IT THAT YOU ARE UPSET THAT OBAMA IS AHEAD OR ARE YOU JUST A MISERABLE PERSON....I THINK THE LATTER IS THE CASE, AS ALL YOUR BLOGS ARE SOOOOOOOO
    NEGATIVE......

    @VINCENT GREAT LAKES IL

    WHAT STINKS IS YOUR HATEFUL COMMENT!!! PLEASE SEEK THERAPY!!!

    October 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Joe the Dumb

    Joe the Plumber is Joe the Dumb. The Replubicans have always reiled on stupid folks to win elections. And, I think most plumbers are really smart, but the Replubicans are experts at locating all of the dumb folks through out every profession.

    October 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Democratic Voter

    We need to SHUT JOE UP. Now. Joe must be destroyed. His views have no place in a humane democracy. Obama will win this election, and use the Fairness Docterine to shut these clowns down. End Fascism, vote Obama.

    October 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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