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. T

    Right now he's worried about "Joe the Plumber"...when he's in office all he's going to care about is John the multi-millionare with 10 houses and five cars. Those are the only ones that republicans ever care about . I guarantee you a tax increase for some of these wealthy people won't cause them to have to change anything about their lifestyles. They'll still have homes, cars, expensive vacations...the WORKS! Everyone seems so worried about them having to pay extra taxes, but I guarantee you that none of them are sitting in their million dollar homes worrying about the people who got put on the street b/c they couldn't make their house payments.

    October 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Buck

    McCain should put "country first" and declare he's voting for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Jimi NY

    Enough with Joe the "F_ _ _ING Plumber" already. Come up with something original, pops. I've been watching some McCain and Palin speeches and they are almost word for word every time. At least Obama brings something new to the podium now and then when he speaks.
    McCain and Palin are HACKS!!!!
    WE DON'T NEED ANY MORE HACKS IN THE WHITEHOUSE!!!
    It is time to move forward and the only way that will happen is with Obama and Biden on November 4th!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    THE LOGICAL CHOICE . . . THE ONLY CHOICE!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Tonya

    Do we really want our next president to be a guy who has got nothing but Joe the plumber"?

    October 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    What? "Joe the Clogger Tour"? Clog our financial system with ELEPHANT ideology?

    I dont understand how a PARTY can screw America so bad and still have the face to ask for 4 more years. I dont hate McCain/Palin, but it's time for change.

    October 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Young Educated Republicans for OBAMA

    MCTURNCOAT HAS NO IDEA WHO JOE THE PLUMBER IS !!

    MCTURNCOAT HAS BEEN ON THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER

    WELFARE SINCE HE WAS CONCEIVED. HE HAS NEVER HAD

    A JOB, LIKE THE REST OF US. THE BUSH & MCBUSH

    POLICIES HAVE HURT NO ONE MORE THAN THE RED STATES.

    he IS UNEDUCATED, UNETHICAL, DISHONEST & FOR THE RICH.

    October 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Independent but Leaning

    For all of you that think that Obama's tax plan is better, have you every heard of in-flaishun? That's what happens when you jack taxes on businesses.

    For further explanation, look up the Jimmy Carter administration.

    October 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Travis

    God......will they end the Sam the Plumber thing already?

    October 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. dennis from AKRON

    if you tax only the rich THEN they will CUT you out when it comes TIME FOR YOU TO LOK FOR A JOB////....OBAMA IS BAD FOR AMERICA HE BEHOLDS TO THE WRONG IDEALS AS TO WHAT AMERICA SHOULD BE,,... nothing is free in this WORLD ..........JUST FALSE PROMISES

    October 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. B.H.

    After reading a good deal of these comments, it makes me understand to a greater degree why this country is in such trouble!

    October 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. voter

    How can joe the plumber keep his job when republicans outsource our jobs? Joe the plumber does not have to worry about keeping his wealth because he does not have any.

    October 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. globalgroove

    Where do you McCain backers get this idea that people who don't pay taxes will get a refund?? I can't find this to be true anywhere. Oh I forgot...you heard it somewhere so it must be true

    October 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McCain has dishonored himself even more than anyone thought possible.

    He's angry and bitter and very divisive of our United States.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. A NATION OF WINERS for OBAMA

    MAN, IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY CALL HIM THAT,

    THINKS WE ALL ARE CERTIFIABLE IDIOTS.

    MAYBE HE HAS A POINT. WE ELECTED

    BUSH & NOW WHY NOT HIS GRANDFATHER.

    October 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Linda

    For McCain to have been a prisoner of war and claim to put country first, I would have to say no because what I have seen is the other side of McCAin. He's a racist a bigot,and he's irractic. I thougth he was more intelligent than he has showned. He is ignorant, crazy , and out of lies to tell on Obama. He has thrown in the kitchen sink, now he's throwing all Americans in the his hell hole with him. What a shame to go down disgraceful.

    Linda in Georgia

    October 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. DB

    Why is it that McCain continues to use experience references from 50 years ago? I mean, I think it is great what he did back then but what experience has he had being "Tested" as a leader in International affairs in the 21st century?

    Since every American who was around during the Cuban Missile crisis was also "tested" having faced the possibility of nuclear war, wouldn't that make all of them "Tested" as well which means no one woud dare try to do anything to them?

    October 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Baze

    lol@more jobs in Florida. So McCain is trying to tell us that his plans will create more jobs in a state that traditionally doesnt't have any. Riiiiight

    ONE NATION

    October 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Trying to keep up, Is a small town in California Pro or Anti American?

    My husband is Art the water treatment guy. We are voting for Obama because we are able to understand OBAMA'S PLAN IS BETTER FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER!

    October 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. therealist

    How about Tito the Builder? Is the MSM not attacking him because of his race??

    October 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Blue is Cool!

    Does this guy not get it? The only crowd liking his Joe crap are the people already voting for him. It's turning off the people he needs to help him. Unfortunately the combination of this mantra and Palin have alienated far too many. Maybe running for President for far too long has damaged McCain beyond repair.

    October 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    "Spreading the wealth around" is something we call taxes...just about all of us have to pay them. If we didn't (like Joe the Plumber), we wouldn't have schools, fire departments, police or military. Joe the Plumber certainly doesn't represent my husband or myself. We pay our taxes on time and out the ying yang
    Obama/Biden

    October 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Uhh ... Umm ... No, Joe the plumber obviously has very limited appeal and credibility and represents eveything wrong with the McCain't/ Failin' Palin campaign. If it were otherwise, John McCain would be ahead in the polls and NOT defending red state territory.

    Does anyone out there see the total insanity behind this gimmick of gimmicks? That's the kind of utter disillusionment and disconnection John and Sarah would bring to the White House. Sorry, I want someone "like me" but smarter than me running my country and leading this nation.

    October 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Retired USN

    I'm so tired of this Joe Plumber crap. Question is, when was he tested? He says he was and says they don't want to test him, sounds to me like he wants to start another war. this guy is sick in the head, put him and his puddy shape wife in an old folks home

    October 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Jason

    Let's call it what it is Obama is giving 55% of people a tax break and and 40% of people an increase in the welfare they already receive it is not a tax cut if you don't pay taxes and 40% receive more back than they pay. Welfare not tax cuts tired of % manipulation by people who follow tag lines only.

    October 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. ET from OMAHA

    Palin = President of Small Towns, Carabou shooters, Pro-lifes
    McCain = President of Marvericks, Retirees, POWs

    OBAMA = President Of The United States of America.

    October 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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