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. Confused

    How could he NOT know. All the news networks said it yesterday. Does he even watch the news?

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    JOBS, BABY, JOBS. Joe the Plumber had to go to work while he still has a job.

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Rob from Canada

    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!

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. MissyRiver

    Maybe Joe only want to appear with Palin or maybe he has decided to go with Obama! Interesting!

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Jim

    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.

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. jt

    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!

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. CANADIAN FOR OBAMA

    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?

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. republicans hate america

    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

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. oscar

    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.

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. DollarBill

    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 !

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Annette Wright

    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?

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Dog & Pony Show

    CNN = ONN "Obama News Network (so obvious)

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. marlies

    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....

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Houston Boy

    Is this a joke? Is this a joke? Are these people for real? CNN, you are not making this up, are you?

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

    This is getting weird. Joe the Plumber being a spokesperson is just weird!

    October 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. wwf

    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.

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

    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.

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

    OMG!!!
    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!!!

    October 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Brian NYC

    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.

    October 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. LV Lawyer

    Seriously. Have you ever been to Defiance? Can't say I blame him for not showing.

    October 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Tom

    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<<

    October 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Bev

    Who the heck cares about this???? Aren't there more important things to "report" on??

    Bev, the legal secretary. . .

    October 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, VOTE A STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET!

    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!

    October 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. BKB

    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.

    October 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Trudie, MD

    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.

    08

    October 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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