October 30th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Joe the no show

 Joe Wurzelbacher did show up to a Palin event Wednesday.
Joe Wurzelbacher did show up to a Palin event Wednesday.

(CNN) - Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, has become an integral part of John McCain's presidential bid, but it appears the Arizona senator's campaign and the now-famous Toledo plumber need to work on their communication skills.

McCain aides told CNN's Dana Bash Wurzelbacher would appear with the Republican presidential candidate at his first campaign event in Defiance, Ohio. But in what was a slightly awkward moment for McCain, Wurzelbacher was nowhere to be seen when the Arizona senator called out for him.

Read Dana Bash's first person account of the mix up on AC360 blog

A campaign aide later said Wurzelbacher had "decided not to come" and may join McCain later in the day.

But reached at his home by CNN's Mary Snow, Wurzelbacher said it was "news to him" that he was supposed to be at the McCain rally. Wurzelbacher said nobody from the McCain campaign confirmed he was attending the event and called the incident a "miscommunication."

Wurzelbacher also said he is headed to Philadelphia for a charity event unrelated to the campaign and has no plans to meet up with McCain today.

UPDATE: Contacted by CNN a second time, Wurzelbacher said the campaign only called him to confirm after the event in question already took place.  He will now try to meet up with McCain later in the day.

Watch: 'Joe': McCain 'a real American'

Wurzelbacher also said he had gotten an initial call about coming to the morning rally, "but no one called back to confirm," and was "not happy" that McCain had called out his name and he wasn't there.


Filed under: Joe the plumber • John McCain
soundoff (511 Responses)
  1. Really??? From TX

    Well, I think I am going to start being a plumber...

    You apparently sit at home all day and do nothing.

    This guy is SUCH a joke....

    Do people not remember him saying that he MISSED THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE???

    He's NOT GOING TO VOTE NEXT WEEK!!!

    Why should anyone care about what he has to say???

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Pam

    That is too funny! Can someone please tell me why we should give a rat's butt what this guy thinks? His name isn't really Joe, he doesn't pay his taxes, and he's not even a licensed plummer. Why should his opinion be anymore more important than anyone elses?

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Tom

    McCain's campaign is run by Moe, Larry and Curly.

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Brian

    A little touch of irony if you like that sort of thing, huh?

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. holy cow

    Looks like everyone McCain is pinning his campaign on is falling apart on him. First Palin, now Joe the Plumber... Just goes to show McCain should have relied on himself and not these surrogates.

    Then again, that might not have helped much either, since he sacrificed his "maverick" image by kowtowing to the far right of his party.

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. SaintAlphonso

    Old Man Yells at Clouds can't manage his own campaign. He sure won't be able to manage the country, especially with all of his "senior moments."

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. RC

    Awe geeze. not this phoney again. Dumb and Plumber.

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Dallas, TX

    The RACE is not over!

    McCain/Palin 2008!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Tony

    WATCHING THE REAL MCCAIN AND PALIN IS 1000X BETTER THAN ANY SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKIT!

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Hammervision

    Joe the Plumber has gone "Rogue"!

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Kelly D. Edwards

    I am so looking forward to the morning of Nov. 5th, 2008 when Obama steps up to the microphones... looks directly into the camera's and says...

    "Hello America, I am...'Barack the President'!!!"

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Doug, Pittsburgh, PA

    Maybe this will finally make the whole "Joe the Plumber" thing go away. Now if we could only do something about that overused "Maverick" line...

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Samuel

    Question:

    How to you introduce someone to the public if you have not set eyes on him or her?????

    The campaign did not contact Joe the Plumber to appear at the rally in Ohio, yet they were on CNN that he will campaign with John McCain in Ohio. What a mess!!!

    Come on Sen. John McCain. Step up your game or it will be too late.

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Sissy

    Just another example of Dumb surrounding himself with Dumber and Dumbest.

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    All I can say is WOW, is that the best representation the GOP can come up with. Once again DIVERSITY......WHERE IS IT IN THE GOP PARTY!!!!

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. chris

    yeah,,,, is macain looking bad or what?

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. SNAPPA

    The BRADLEY EFFECT is in full swing. All those white conservative people who CLAIM to be voting for McCain will pull the switch for OBAMA once that curtain closes behind them...

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. marc

    Let's see how he blames this on Obama. Or maybe Joe's a terrorist too. G*d I despise the McCain spin machine.

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Nate

    Comeon Give the guy a break. maybe he was on call and had to fix someone's toilet...

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Jos/TN

    he could be more productive

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. David H

    Of course he didn't show. He's a contractor. They never show up when they're supposed to.

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. greg shetzer

    why is he not called 'Joe the Un-Licensed Plumber' or 'Joe the Tax-Dodging Un-Licensed Plumber'??? He is America? Give me a break.

    October 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Ha!

    Just another example of how disorganized the McCain campaign is...Obama's campaign is a well-oiled machine, everything is like clockwork. The way a person's campaign is run is representative of how they will operate as President!

    October 30, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Shaking my head

    Say it ain't so, Joe!

    October 30, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Roods from NY

    Are these people on McCain's campaign staff for real? This campaign John McCain is running is a joke. And this is the same man that Republicans want us to elect for four years...unbelievable! I say, HELL NO!!! Now, I do believe that a rift exists between Palin and some of McCain's senior staffers, because no one seems to know what's going on, especially John McCain himself.

    October 30, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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