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. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    That is tooooooo funny!

    This senior white working female has already voted Obama/Biden.

    VOTE EARLY IF YOU CAN, BUT VOTE, WHEN YOU CAN.

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Kevin

    I think he was busy doing a $250k toilet snake. Who can blame him?

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. tylenol666

    Joe the Ditcher :P

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Larry

    Oh Magoo, you've done it again.

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. JP

    That's ok, McCain has a new lineup of Joe's:

    Joe The Grand Wizard
    Joe The Skinhead
    Joe The Racist
    Joe The Klansman
    Joe The Inbred Cracker Republican

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. GOPHater

    "Joe the plumber" is really wearing thin. Especially when one considers that the guy, an idiot, would do much better under Obama's tax plan then under McSame's. Pitiful bunch of crap.

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. ObamaVolunteer

    I am laughing too loud; that is why CNN keeps deleting my posts.

    HA! HA! HA!

    UNBELIEVABLE. The entire world knew Joe the non-plumber was to campaign with McCain today, and now he is a no-show. Say it ain't so Joe!

    HA! HA! HA!

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Preston

    Having an unreliable and unstable guy like Joe the "Plumber" as a mascot for the McCain-Palin campaign is a perfect metaphor for their utter incompetence as would-be leaders. Thanks, Joe, for being – well – you.

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. lori

    palin and joe can run together in 4 years.....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Joi

    All this focus on Joe the Plumber's tax breaks but if I made as much as Joe I wouldn't be worried about money....

    There are places in America where the problems of drugs, homelessness, and violence are taking people's lives... but sure Joe... your business tax cuts are more impotrant....

    Please go vote Obama!!!! Every vote counts!!!!

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. JIMBISCIELLO

    TYPICAL MC CAIN CAMPAIGN.
    FIRST HE PICKS AIRHEAD PALIN, LATCHES ON TO THE FICTICTIOUS PLUMBER ( WHO IS NOT A PLUMBER)
    THE MAVERICKS ARE RIDING INTO THE SUNSET- BUT DO NOT LET PALIN GET TOO CLOSE TO ANY HORSES- SHE MAY SHOOT THEM....

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Lee from FL

    Im glad this story is on the Ticker!
    now im gonna watch Wolf later to see if he is paying any attention to detail.
    But im certainly sure MSNBC talking heads will be talking about it.

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Paul

    I'm not sure who I'm more sick of–"Joe" the fraud or McCain the liar.

    October 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    It was quite amusing and in concert with how the McCain has been run to see McCain introduce this fraud and he not be there. It was quite funny, actually.

    Vote Obama.

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Blue. Blue.....

    Mary Steins, you are right, he is also in the process of writing a book and producing a country album. BTW, how is he getting away from not paying his taxes and he is all over the internet and news...where is the IRS???

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Maybe the reason Joe the plummer didn't show up he has to work. the campaign aide said Wurzelbacher had "decided not to come" he mite show up later. Get out and vote America.Go Obama/Biden

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. moriah

    what a joke!!

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Adam S

    In this economic climate, even a Republican operative is considering the benefits of the Obama economic plan. Now go away, Joe!

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. marianne

    i actually feel sorry for john mccain. his party, his supporters, & his vp nominee have all screwed him. that being said...

    GOBAMA!

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Ann L.

    Ah yes, now the real 'Joe the Plumber' is being seen - that would be the same Joe that skipped out on the fines he has in Mesa, AZ and the $1200 in back taxes he owes the IRS.
    Does he skip out on plumbing jobs the same way he has skipped out on McCain; and if he does, how does he EVER hope to earn that $250k he asked Obama about?

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Daryl in Seattle

    Joe the Maverick Diva!! hahahaha

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Black Male Dem

    The way McCain runs his campaign is an indication as to how he will run the country should he win. Recklessly.

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. STOP THE HATE

    This was for the tax calculator post–closed comments...

    Helping my taxes is just icing on the cake for me. I would have voted for Obama anyway. He is an inspiration when many need to be inspired. He is hope for those who have otherwise lost hope. He is what this Country needs–a uniter who cares about all people regardless of their race, religion, net worth, or social standing.

    McCain and Palin are the antithesis of this. They would set our Country back further with their attitudes (esp. Palin) of hate and division.

    Please go VOTE!!! This Country needs a mandate! It needs to show ITSELF and the rest of the world that we do not accept hate, division, racism, religious intolerance, and general intolerance of anyone with a different lifestyle or belief than ourselves.

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Dave

    Joe actually was going to show, but he gave a window of time between 10am and 4pm.

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Mitchell

    Joe the Plumber saw the Obama 30 minute program and saw how is on the wrong side and has a change of heart. JTP (joe the plumber) knows that working people move the economy, not making corporations wealthier. JTP must be a chess player and understands what happens to the pawns. Come on over JTP. There is room for you on the winning ticket.

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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