October 23rd, 2008
01:15 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain on Joe the plumber tour

Sen. McCain is on a Joe the plumber tour.
Sen. McCain is on a Joe the plumber tour.

INTERSTATE 4, Florida (CNN)– Joe the plumber goes on tour?

Well sort of.

Driving through Florida on the "Straight Talk Express," Sen. John McCain rallied voters and talked to small business owners during the "Joe the Plumber: Keep Your Wealth" tour.

“You know whether it is Joe the plumber in Ohio or whether it is Joe over here –thank you Joe. There's Joes all over here,” said McCain at his second stop, a rally in Ormond Beach, Florida. “Senator Obama wants to spread the wealth around. That means fewer jobs at their businesses and fewer jobs here in Florida.”

People cheered as they held signs that said, "McCain will help the working man" and "My husband is Tom the plumber". Two fork lifts held the "Country First" sign above the platform.

McCain kicked off the tour at the Starlite Diner in Daytona Beach with four small business owners, or in campaign speak, four Joe the plumbers.

Their actual names and professions are florist Richard Rivers, pub owner Tom Curtis, food store owner Patricia Surgine and Thomas Crowe, president of a lumber supply company and a former professional football player.

Diners at neighboring tables manned their cell phone cameras as the business owners told McCain their troubles, particularly with Barack Obama's tax plan.

At the morning rally, held at the lumber supply company owned by Crowe, the Arizona Senator got very fired up about two topics: the Bush presidency and his Democratic opponent.

“I call on the Administration to act now and buy up these home loan mortgages and keep people in their homes,” he said as he pounded on the podium. ”And why is the Secretary of the Treasury not ordering them to do that?”

McCain also emphasized concerns about Obama's ability to lead.

“You know it is amazing," he said "Are you ready to trust Americans’ national security to an untested leader in these times of war?”

He also mocked Obama’s explanation of why Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden said his running mate would be tested by an international crisis as president.

“Yesterday Senator Obama tried to explain away this by warning – by saying that his running mate sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes. Really? Really? That’s another way of saying he accidentally delivered some straight talk to America.”

At his third and fourth stops, he also met with small business owners. The third stop was held at a dentist's office in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Hispanic business owners were targeted at the later stop, a Puerto Rican restaurant in Orlando.

After his meeting, he made a statement to the press corps where he talked about one of the women he spoke with inside the restaurant, noted the new jobless report, and said he was optimistic about his chances in Florida.

“We’re doing well in Florida, I’m happy with the polling numbers. It’s going to be a battleground state, we got a lot of work to do but with Charlie Crist, Mel Martinez and a lot of the great support we have across this state we will win and we will win this election.”

The six stop tour will take the McCain campaign through Florida along the I-4 corridor. This part of the state is home to nearly 20 percent of undecided voters which both campaigns consider the key to Florida’s 27 electoral votes.


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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Abby

    I've been doing everything I can on these blogs to convince people to vote for Obama.

    Now the DNC has not sent me my check.

    NO MORE.

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 23, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. annonymous

    Joe the plumber si not a plumber; John McCain is not a leader!

    They are a perfect pair.

    October 23, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. WhiteWomenforObama'08

    I can't fathom why they think this method is working.
    Do they have internet access?

    October 23, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Shawn - GA

    There is zero doubt in my mind that McCain will be president elect on 11/5/08.

    There is also zero doubt in my mind that in one of the coming elections after this one Obama will be elected. Just not this year

    October 23, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. I've Voted for "THAT ONE"

    I'll try to get this message posted one more time...

    After months of primaries, conventions, debates, news reports, and evne blogs, I have come to the decision that this election is about two issues: experience and race.

    Experience: In 2000, we elected the Governor of Texas. Eight months after taking office, 09/11 occurred. The result of his experience? A war that we supported based on faulty evidence of WMD, and the thought that Osama bin Laden was somehow involved in Iraq. Personally, I think Jr. just wanted to finish the job Daddy started in 1991. Over 4,000 of our troops have been killed, the vast majority of Americans want us out, and the Iraqis have a surplus of money yet we continue to spend billions each month. In addition, Bush and his friends (yes, you McCain) allowed greed, corruption and deregulation to occur on Wall Street that has severely damaged Main Street. So I ask the question...is that the "experience" we really want? No matter how far he tries to distance himself from Bush, McCain (by his own words) voted with him over 90% of the time.

    Race: We do not get to choose our parents. Obama's father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas (Dorothy and Toto land – how "American"). He was orphaned and raised by his grandparents. He went to colleged, earned a law degree, and taught Consitutional Law. I think he knows the role of the VP! Yet, in 2008, there are still pockets of America that will not vote for him because he is bi-racial. Wake up, folks. Our country is in the toilet and it doesn't matter if he's white, black. brown, green, red, or blue...he's the one with the plan. This is not the 1840's, but our country seems once again divided by the issue of race.

    As a white, Christian Republican, I voted on Tuesday for Obama. I am a teacher who makes less than "Joe or Jane the Plumber," and I am confident that Obama is the man for the job. Our job is to VOTE...VOTE EARLY if you can.

    October 23, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Matt

    Straight talk express??? Ridiculous...

    The Republican National Committee is distributing a mail piece that says "Terrorists" on the front and opens to a big picture of Barack saying "Not Who You Think He Is."

    John McCain - who promised to run a respectful campaign - said that he was "absolutely" proud of it.

    With a leader who plays on American fears, ignorance and racism, we will surely be in a good place should God "do the right thing" on November 4th.

    October 23, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. kathy

    I wish McCain would find real issues to talk about. He goes back and forth. He doesn't have to worry about Palin making a fool of herself and him, he's doing a fine job himself. He says he doesn't "need testing"..he's been tested,..he's got the scars to prove it. He repeats himself over and over to the point people can recite his stumps speeches. He accused Obama of being all over the place, no real issues of substances, changing his mind...blah blah blah...is he confusing himself with Obama. McCain erractic. The democrats have a clear understandable plan. Maybe the McCain should listen to the whole conversation between Obama and Joe the plumber.

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Shari, NY

    Obama has taken time off for serious personal business, and the caste of Palin, McCain and Giuliani are off to join Barnum and Bailey to keep the kiddies entertained. Yawn, no news!!!

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. james in s.c.

    GOOD GOD WHEN WILL MCBUSH SHUT UP ABOUT THIS JOE THE PLUMBER??? MCBUSH IS KEEPING ON MISLEADING ABOUT THAT ISSUES. I SAW THE WHOLE CLIP WHEN OBAMA TALKED TO THIS PHONY JOE, PEOPLE GOOGLE IT AND WATCH IT!! MCBUSH IS STILL LYING ABOUT THIS!!!!

    GO OBAMA-BIDEN 08 & 12

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Scott

    Joe Schmoe.

    Enough of this non-sense.

    Enough of these failed policies.

    Enough of this campaign ticket.

    Enough of this senile old man.

    Enough of the continuation of the Bush administration.

    Go Obama, go Biden.

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Diana Ewing NJ

    Dirty Harry, they already did.... pay attention

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Laura

    John McCain future looks like it will need a plumber .... drain baby drain!

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Sebastian, Baton Rouge, LA

    Dirty Harry,

    Conservatives have called her stupid, dumb and corrupt. Are you not listening?

    It has happened in writing, on the radio airwaves and in a few off camera mistakes. And your point is what?

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Mike D

    Hey JOHN,
    WE DON'T HAVE ANY WEALTH ANYMORE THANKS TO YOU AND BUSH.

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Rman

    When I hear John McCain talk about Joe the Plumber, it reminds me of the Super Mario Brothers game. Imagine the theme playing in the background, every time he says "Joe the Plumber" you get a coin.
    You lose when you get to 250K.

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. ObamaBiden08

    It's obvious to most Americans that Joe "the Plumber" who is not actually a Plumber and has a tax lien was a Mccain plant. It's been proven to Joe already that since he doesn't own his business yet he would save more under obama than McCain. Joe the Plumber knows he is no where close to owning his own business it's all Propaganda set forth by the Repubs to make it seem like McBush is fighting for the average Joe no pun intended, I wonder if McBush will explain to Joe how he can spend 150,000 on a fancy shopping spree. Give it up McCain no one is buying into your tactics-nothing is working for you-Ayers didn't work Acorn is not sticking-Wright won't work-Socialist label won't work and now the Joe the Plumber is not working.

    October 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Bruce

    This is so stupid, and shows desperation.
    If McCAin had any sense and could read he would know that what is spouting is not true...of course as he said about Obama today that he would say anything to get elected...well john look in the mirror because that is you and Palin.
    Give up this Joe the plumber thing,.,.and telling us you have "plans" for this and that..and level with us...give us straight talk...at least once .. and tell us exactly what you are going to do and how.
    Interesting that today you say you have issues with Bush...but John don;t you remember that " I voted with President Bush 90% of the time, more than even ,my republican colleages"...your words not mine.You are desperate and will say and do anything to get elected.
    We , are not falling for your last minute stuff.

    October 23, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. I've Voted for "THAT ONE"

    CNN!! I'll try to get this message posted one more time...

    After months of primaries, conventions, debates, news reports, and evne blogs, I have come to the decision that this election is about two issues: experience and race.

    Experience: In 2000, we elected the Governor of Texas. Eight months after taking office, 09/11 occurred. The result of his experience? A war that we supported based on faulty evidence of WMD, and the thought that Osama bin Laden was somehow involved in Iraq. Personally, I think Jr. just wanted to finish the job Daddy started in 1991. Over 4,000 of our troops have been killed, the vast majority of Americans want us out, and the Iraqis have a surplus of money yet we continue to spend billions each month. In addition, Bush and his friends (yes, you McCain) allowed greed, corruption and deregulation to occur on Wall Street that has severely damaged Main Street. So I ask the question...is that the "experience" we really want? No matter how far he tries to distance himself from Bush, McCain (by his own words) voted with him over 90% of the time.

    Race: We do not get to choose our parents. Obama's father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas (Dorothy and Toto land – how "American"). He was orphaned and raised by his grandparents. He went to colleged, earned a law degree, and taught Consitutional Law. I think he knows the role of the VP! Yet, in 2008, there are still pockets of America that will not vote for him because he is bi-racial. Wake up, folks. Our country is in the toilet and it doesn't matter if he's white, black. brown, green, red, or blue...he's the one with the plan. This is not the 1840's, but our country seems once again divided by the issue of race.

    As a white, Christian Republican, I voted on Tuesday for Obama. I am a teacher who makes less than "Joe or Jane the Plumber," and I am confident that Obama is the man for the job. Our job is to VOTE...VOTE EARLY if you can.

    October 23, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Lies Lies Lies

    I want a president that I can be proud of. That's why I voted yesterday for Senator Obama. I loved the Democratic convention and I'll love seeing him sworn in. God Bless.

    October 23, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Bob Indianapolis IN

    THAT LOUD FLUSHING SOUND IS YOUR CAMPAIGN GOING DOWN THE TOILET AND HEADING TO THE RIVER STYX....

    October 23, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. thomas from Alabama

    Joe the plumber needs to pay the taxes he owes before the taxes he does not owe from his imaginary plumbing company. All people do is complaining about taxes then wonder why our economy struggles. Would people rather high inflation from an economy spinning out of control or pay extra taxes. Of course conservatives will reply self gratification first country last.

    October 23, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Janet Jacme

    He needs to go on a SAVE MY 401K TOUR

    I'll be glad when this election is over so McCain and the moose shooter can fade away

    October 23, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Nando, Florida

    Florida is Obama Country he can go to the little Hamlets in Red Neck Ville Florida but it won't change a thing . We hit the strrets every day and are getting our Voters to the poles early. Half of these hicks that show up to Mccains Rally are all unregistered and think its a KLAN RALLY thats why they show up to get new WHITE SHEETS !!!!!!!!!!

    GOD SAVE OUR REPUBLIC FROM THE RIGHT WING TERRORISTS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. rice, bryan

    keep beating the scare drum old man. the man that you are talking about is a dead beat.

    October 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. robin

    I agree CNN you owe Sarah an apology and us too . Are you an entertainment org. or news network . You have lost so much credibility . I only trust John King , but since he is evidently all alone as a news person ........ John McCain , look how loved he is in spite of you . We do not trust you .

    October 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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