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.

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  1. Sally

    Why is CNN, once again, following McCain's talking points? Aren't you the non-biased news channel who stands for no bull or bias? Where is the honest "Anderson 360" reports? ACORN does not have any connection to votes for Obama. Why are you allowing mistruths to stand and why are you supporting them? Why aren't you reporting about voter suppresion by the Republican party which happened in 2000 and 2004? Why aren't you reporting McCain's ABSOLUTE connection to G. Gordon Liddy? On Letterman, McCain says his relationship with him is okay because the man went to jail. Are you kidding me? What about McCain receiving free cell towers from Verizon and AT&T? Where is CNN's "best news team on TV ' on these issues? Why no discussion? Talk about cover up for the Republican candidate. You should be sued by America for being a party to fraud in this election. Sickening.........

    October 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. James in NJ

    You have to love McCain's brilliant Campaign. 'Joe the plumber' is the reason i should vote for you....
    Sorry Senator McCain but 'Lori the Cashier' is voting for Barack Obama and I like her better!
    Brilliant strategy to sway the intelligent Senator McCain!

    Voting for Obama/Biden in 08!

    October 17, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    How appropriate McCain has adopted a plunger as the symbol of his campaign.

    Let the toliet humor commense!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    Oregon loves OBAMA!

    YES WE CAN!

    October 17, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. SHELLI13

    I hope unlike the last Joe the Plumber, these guys have their licenses to work on the plumbing in peoples homes and offices. I hope that they are not liers like the last Joe. McCain seems to surround himself with liers and cheaters and thieves. Shameful stuff i'd say. McCain must not know how to VET anyone and he is just a figurehead. Can you imagine having this Lier, mean spirited man and that STUPID women in the White House. I can't see them in the White House not even for a visit.

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

    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.

    Byron Hodkinson, from Melbourne, Austrailia; what he has to do in us politics?

    October 17, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Eight Is Truly Enough

    OMG MG! I just read about the violence against the Obama supporters and a rock being thrown at a camera man at a Palin rally yesterday too. What's next? A return to good old cross burngings? And there is good old Eva Braun Palin smiling and aw shucking for the camera claiming she don't know nothing. Puhleeze.

    October 17, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. eds

    Poor guys, they kinda look like fools–duped by the McCain plan(t) to spread untruths about Obama's tax plan.
    It doesn't appear any of this bunch is making six figures to me. But perhaps I am judging by the cover. . .
    They'd actually do better under Obama's plan than McCain's according to neutral tax experts. . .

    October 17, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. John McCain - Clean up your act

    ............And the point of this IS? What?

    October 17, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. SueG

    Joe is the typical American and that is why he is such a hit with the public. the elite leftist just can't stand it! First thing they do is smear Joe. Why not look into Obama's RADICAL friends like Wright and Ayers just to name two. Can't do that now can we? Don't want the public to hear the truth on what a bunch of socialist/Marxist these people are and what they will do to this country.

    October 17, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. sue

    Lol – that's actually pretty funny.

    October 17, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. michb

    how easily america gets distracted.

    what sort of people have we become to be fooled so easily with ridiculous slogans about "joe the plumber" or whatever.

    such a shame, we have fallen so low, yet we want to claim we are the best in the world.
    it seems we are the best in one thing: being ignorant.

    Vote Obama and let's end this mental crisis that has spread through this country like a virus.

    October 17, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Zed

    Meet Joe the Fake Plumber, he's the new Sarah Palin.

    October 17, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. BOBBY K. FROM BIRMINGHAM, AL.

    Well anything to help his campaign??

    Obama/Biden 2008

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

    those guys look like they could use Obama's tax plan... but they are too stupid to realize it!

    October 17, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. trainman

    Unpaid taxes??? No business license??? It seems McCain's ordinary American hero Joe the Plumber was vetted by the same people that vetted Sarah Palin. And where was John McCain's flag pin during the last debate??? How incredibly unpatriotic!

    October 17, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Nicolas127

    This is truly troublesome, I just heard Obama's speech in Virginia asking , How many Joe the plumber make 250K? Is he truly questioniong this voter at asked do you bielve in the Americn Dream?

    October 17, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. ral-OH

    Apparently Sarah doesn want to talk about Joe the Plumber – since it reminds everyone of the fact that McCain clearly did NOT do a
    good vetting his running mate OR Joe the wanna-be plumber.

    October 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. joyce

    why do these people still call him the joe the plumber. the guy has no plumbing license. he makes 42k a year, how on earth could he possibly buy the company he works for?

    also that company hardly makes 100k a year. so much worry about the over 250k taxes huh! that's called lying. must've been planted by the mccain camp .

    October 17, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Sheryl

    I think the Obama people have been the ones that have been so negative. They are the ones that are keeping the country from coming together. They seem to be consumed with hatred toward anyone who disagrees with them. I feel that they have been disrespectful in much of the campaign and it is because of them that this country will struggle to unite.

    October 17, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. e.j.mohammed Washington state

    Plungers of America unite!!!
    I couldn't help myself with this priceless picture! At least it added a bit of humor to the campaign!!!

    October 17, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Michael watching from Canada

    Why do plumbers have a problem with Obama? Obama is going to help the average plumber.

    I wonder if any of these plumbers make more than $250,000 per year!!

    This CNN Article should be properly titled,

    "Republican plumbers don't accept truth that Obama will help them more than McCain will help them"

    October 17, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Lynn

    I think the Obama people have been the ones that have been so negative. They are the ones that are keeping the country from coming together. They seem to be consumed with hatred toward anyone who disagrees with them. I feel that they have been disrespectful in much of the campaign and it is because of them that this country will struggle to unite.

    October 17, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Clinton Democrat for Obama

    A plunger isn't so much the symbol of Sen. McCain's campaign as it is a toilet.

    October 17, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Louis in Los Angeles

    My question is will John McCain offer contract work on all his seven houses in exchange for all these plumbers support? And at what point prior to the debate did John McCain become an "old buddy" with this ficticious Joe whose real name is Samuel the unliscensed plumber? Keep plumbing out of politics!

    October 17, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. CarolRose

    If they were real workers, they wouldn't be wearing EMPTY toolbelts. hahahah.

    October 17, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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