October 17th, 2008
12:44 PM ET
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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. NotafraidofTHEONE

    First, you don't need a liscence to be a plumber, he works for a liscenced one. Second, if your concerned about owing back taxes, take a look a BHO's campaign treasurer. Third, your attacks on a man who asked a question that exposed your holiness as a socialist shows how far the democrat party has gone to the left. You should be asking how a marxist was able to avoid the vetting and rise to the head of your party! Finally, you attack Sara Palin's intelligence while your veep candidate apparently can't count past 3! It's going to be fun watching the rage when McCain/Palin win! Hopefully most of you will make good on those pledges to leave the country if a republican wins again.

    October 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Joe the Plumber is a bust now, folks, not licensed, owes back taxes, in short, a tool that McCain tried to wield that grew tired REALLY quickly. I am afraid that those plungers are indicative of where McCain's campaign is headed, fellas, so keep 'em handy!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!!

    October 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. MattK

    Anyone else beginning to think Palin is a spoiled brat? She demands everything her way just how she likes it all the time. Now shes whining about her own campaign? God forbid if she ever had to show the fortitude of Hillary Clinton!

    October 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. rob

    so funny–Joe the plumber doesn't have a license to be a plumber and he owes the Gov. money for unpaid taxes.. Guess Mc Cain is going to help pay the tax bill....He's a plant

    October 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. TNR

    Matt, "Byron Hodkinson, from Melbourne, Austrailia; what he has to do in us politics?" C'mon thats nothing compared to Obama doing campaign stops in *europe*

    October 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Greed is not good

    Gold-plated pipes and yet again a pack of lies by McWarmonger

    October 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. akgal

    WOW. I can sure tell this is on a lib cnn site. Are you all braindead? Why are you blaming the guy who ASKED the question. Blame the guy who gave the ANSWER. Who cares what he does, or what he asked ? They ( msm) should have taken as much time vetting O'great one, as they have this poor guy who just asked a question. Go get em boys. Loved the picture. This comment will probably be vetted too.

    October 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. James

    They don't realize that McCain could care less about them and will continue to raise their taxes. Morons.

    October 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. ann in boston

    If these yoyo's were real plumbers, they would be at work. PLANTS.

    October 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Dianne

    Do these guys REALLY want to declare themselves "Joe The Plumber"? Hope they know whom they are emulating.
    As for Sarah, I think McCain needs to "school" her on current ploys. He was the one to bring "Joe the Plumber" to the forefront, and now SHE'S saying she wants to let the topic drop. Division in the camp?

    October 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Irma in North Carolina

    This is another tactic of Sarahs to put these people out there and of course John boy is enveloved in it too. I cannot believe how low these two are and their campaign, I hope this all comes back to hunt each and every one of them. Why dont they put Cindy out there to help campaign for John.

    October 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. hello

    was reading Joe the plumbers conversation with reporter.
    "If you believe (Obama), I'd be receiving his tax cut,
    But I don't look at it that way. He is still be hurting others."
    THANX JOE FOR WORRYING ABOUT 5% OF THIS RICH PEOPLE WHO MADE MILLIONS FROM REAGAN AND BUSH CUTS.
    Joe and his employer does not have license and their business does not make $250000 nor he is going to get hurt but he is ready to play republican game to hurt everybody.

    October 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Obamalism

    Quit focusing on Joe the Plumber and how much he makes and whether he is registered to vote. FOCUS ON OBAMA'S ANSWER!

    Spin it all you want, what came out of his mouth was pure Socialism!

    Any candidate in the last 100 yrs who uttered a phrase even remotely close to what Obama answered would lose the election on the spot.
    We used to put people in jail for promoting communism.

    October 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Joe Small Business Owner

    Hey you marxist Obama supporters;

    Kiss your jobs goodbye under an Obama Admistration. After paying his increased taxes I will no longer be able to afford to pay you or to invest to expand my business.

    Sincerely,

    Joe Small Business Owner

    PS: I will begin layoffs upon inauguration Barack Hussein Obama

    October 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Coop

    I am literally amazed at the ignorance spewing forth from you brownshirts. Keep drinking the koolaid. You make me sick.

    October 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Tim

    Too funny, I mean Joe the Plumber. Just like McCain failed to vet Palin, he failed to vet Joe the Plumber. Who actually isn't a Plumber, Doesn't make $250K a year and owes back taxes. I'm on the floor laughing!!!!

    October 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. McWho??

    They obviously didn't get the news that Joe is a hoax..

    October 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Linda

    Amy, get a grip...you're so full of hate you don;t even realize that Senator Clinton is out of the race!

    October 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. vicious v

    PLUNGERS!!!!!! Is that all they got????

    Do Palin know how to use one?????

    YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/ Biden 08 – 16

    October 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Craig

    You can dig up dirt on Joe the Plumber but you can not kill the idea.
    No more spreading the wealth.

    October 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. houston

    Latest Gallup poll using their traditional method(they are issuing two polls based on two different methods) Obama 49%, McCain 47%. This is within margin of error and is considered a tie. Rasmussen and Zogby both have McCain within 4 which is within margin of error so technically considered a tie. All three polls show McCain gaining over last week.

    October 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Franklin

    "Sarah Palin told a fundraiser in neighboring North Carolina Thursday night that she's already tired of 'Joe the Plumber.'"

    This is purposefully inaccurate. Palin didn't say she was tired of Joe the Plumber. She said she didn't want to just repeat the same points. She spoke extensively on how Joe was able to get the true answer from Obama: spread the wealth around, take the money away from small businesses which employ millions of people.

    Parenthetically, haven't you guys figured out that once he's in power, Obama's going to grab the media by the neck like a Denver cop on an ABC producer?

    October 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. anne

    CNN...don't you think Palin saying today she enjoys visiting the "Pro-America" places in our country is worth writing about a little more?
    Am I living in an anti-american part of the country because Obama is going to win my state hands down? CNN how come you never write anything about McCain or Palin except their talking points and never point out when they are just telling LIES?

    I'm sick of racists and joe the plumbers who are not named joe and who are not really even plumbers. I am so sick of all the lies and you guys are becoming as bad a fox news.

    October 17, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. F. D. Berfle

    Obama's Marxist tax plan certainly would flush the U.S. economy down the toilet. Say no to socialist "share the wealth" plans that punish everyone who works!

    October 17, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. exDemocrat

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

    -------–
    He's obviously anti-marxist and pro-liberty. Unlike Barry-the-puppet.

    Puppetmasters: David Axelrod, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Franklin Raines.

    October 17, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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