(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.
How could he NOT know. All the news networks said it yesterday. Does he even watch the news?
JOBS, BABY, JOBS. Joe the Plumber had to go to work while he still has a job.
Please the guy is talking about making $250,000 and is complaining about taxes! The Republican Party is the Socialist party for the rich. It's time to make the rich pay!
Maybe Joe only want to appear with Palin or maybe he has decided to go with Obama! Interesting!
He was laying down tracks for his new CD. Maybe Bible Spice can sing backup.
Please get here Nov 4th so we can cease with this insanity. The McCain campaign is getting more ridiculous by the day.
wow – even JTP is abandoning that sinking ship.
he has his own plans and doesn't want them dragging them down.
this is just too funny!
Not even Joe want to be seen with McCain. You should choose your friends more carefully, they all seem to be stabbing you in the back. Who will you turn to now?
LOL this is what that idiot said about paying his property taxes. what a redneck! this is what you will get in a McCain administration a bunch of idiots
while obama is looking out for Clinton and his likes to get the much needed advice and experience to put the country in its rightful place, and is ready to get the best brains to make it work and put smiles in the faces of the suffering Americans,Mccain is busy looking for a no show Joe the Plummer who is not even aware that he was supposed to be on his campaign trail. Mcaain what will Joe do for you? Calling on him doesn't even mean you have the interest of the middle and low income earners at heart. Mccain you are not deceiving anyone but yourself.
So tired of this fraud ! Joe the unlicensed Plumber ,making $45k a year and thinking McCain will be helping him ? Is he dreaming?
FYI Joe ,you will do much better tax wise under leadership by Obama than Mr McCain ,do you file taxes? If you do you will understand that with your small income and business you will fare much better under Obama.
As to the other career choices ,er.. your too long 15 minutes of fame are over !
CNN bail out for John McCain.
CNN's Larry King show provided John McCain with free air time during the same evening of Sen. Obama's paid 30 mins. airtime.
It smells like a bailout to me. I wonder how much airtime Sen. McCain could have bought with the $150,000 the campaign spent on his running mate's wardrobe?
CNN = ONN "Obama News Network (so obvious)
McCain makes a joke out of his capmain while the people are looking for answers to the crisis. and some people still ask themself why obama is leading?
i can't wait till the roadrage against me and my obama sticker stops and these people have to suck it up and deal with a Barack Hussein Obama as president....
Is this a joke? Is this a joke? Are these people for real? CNN, you are not making this up, are you?
This is getting weird. Joe the Plumber being a spokesperson is just weird!
Could not stand the heat? What about his music contract, book deal, etc. Why no news about Palin saying that she will be back when asked about plans if they loose. "I did not come here for naught" Most people would have said that we are going to win and I will worry about the other later. Guess she is just putting the screws to McCain a little deeper. If this was the McCain of 8 years ago, it would not have been an election. He has really changed, and it has not been for the better.
Even Joe the Plumber knows he's wasting his time because the result will still spell DEFEAT or Joe is hiding from Joe the tax chief.
What a MAC of a MESS!!!
Seems as if every thing the Repugs do is either blowing up in their faces, or boomeranging against them!
Their latest ploy to link Obama to some Palestinian guy revealed that MCCAIN gave the guy half a million dollars for a Palestinian cause, and was involved in the organization that the guy founded!!!
What a MAC MESS!!!
he was probably out getting drunk and couldn't handle the spot light anymore. What a LOSER. Its about time his true colors have shown. He's a Pot head anyway.
Seriously. Have you ever been to Defiance? Can't say I blame him for not showing.
Probably watched Obama speak lastnight and realized he has been told alot of poo by the mcinsane camp.
Senility creeps in....
OBAMA 08 GET OUT AND VOTE<<
Who the heck cares about this???? Aren't there more important things to "report" on??
Bev, the legal secretary. . .
Joe the plumber is now P.O.ed because he did not get the same hair and makeup, eh, just makeup and clothes the wack job diva did!
I am sick of Joe the Faux Plumber. What do Republicans have against smart, educated and well informed people anyway? I say lets have two healthcare plans one for republicans in which their physicians do not require educations or licenses but they have to be
"regular" folks with "common" sense.
The rest of us can have real physicians. That should save a lot of money.
John has time to play around with the American people. He's rich, and he couldn't care less about this financial crisis. He speaks with forked tongue. His campaign is all fun and games, just like that gas gimmick he tried to pull. It's a gimmick, just like Joe The Plumber, a gimmick just like Sarah Palin.
Obama/Biden, the real deal.