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.


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soundoff (511 Responses)
  1. Jamie -- Asheville, NC

    Oh man, that cracks me up!

    A big thanks to the McCain/Palin campaign for providing us with so many laughs!

    October 30, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. BaileyM

    “Obama's Aunt Found Living in Rundown Boston Neighborhood
    The Democratic candidate's Kenyan aunt is found living in a rundown public housing neighborhood in South Boston”

    So, while he is living the Harvard High life he ignores his roots and family right next door. I don't believe or trust this man. He can talk smoothly, but his actions speak differently. All the money he spent on his career and family and he could have used some of that finding and taking care of his beloved aunt. He should use some of his own wealth and voluntarily distribute it to his own family.

    We should all be responsible for our own families and quit expecting government handouts.

    October 30, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. jen

    i feel like i am watching children-not adults in this campaign- in addition everything they claim joe is, has been debunked, but they hope that the uneducated voter doesnt see it-This campaign is a joke and it attracts the worst of us.

    October 30, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. SoCal

    You can see the whole scene on YouTube: it's amazing!

    - Joe is with us today...! Joe where are you...? Where's Joe...? Is Joe here with us today...? Joe I thought you were here today...?!?

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Amazing!!

    Hahaha...Maybe Joe the fake plumber watched the 30 min Ad from Obama last night and it all FINALLY made sense.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Jeffrey

    Maybe "Joe" has decided to vote Obama and is avoiding the McCain campaign. For McCain's sake, I hope so. The alternative is that McCain's campaign can't even coordinate a campaign appearance properly, because that doesn't bode well for his coordinating the most crucial Presidency perhaps in American history.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Michael

    Everybody's jumping ship at the McCain-Palin campaign now. I guess "Joe" realized that if he wants to have even a slim chance at getting elected to congress in 2010 he's going to have to distance himself from this implosion waiting to happen.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. This Jew is voting for Obama

    At this point I also feel a bit sorry for McCain and he should fired all his staff....
    GO OBAMA!!!!!!

    Joe the Plumber you are a total JOKE!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. fred

    Soon with any luck he will be (Joe the singing plumber)

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Joe from Mahwah, NJ

    Geez, the guy has to fire his newly hired publicist. I am still in awe that he is signing a country music record deal.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Nik

    Does this guy work? Is he a plumber? McCain's using him, so I hope he's smart enough to get some cash out of McCain, particularly all the humiliation that he's experiencing. I'm sure he didn't want the world to find out that he lied about buying a business that he can't afford on his salary, he's behind in his taxes, and he's absolutely clueless about economic and foreign policies. Reguritating right-wing buzz words is not his strong suit.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. M.lyons

    Did Joe say he was going to a charity event in Philadelphia? Does he mean the ticket he is holding for that beef & beer?.....lol...
    Go Obama/Biden.....

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. m j

    what a joke!!!!! i am so sick of hearing about JTP what a fake! get a clue McCain because you have none thus far. i can't believe anyone would vote for him because JTP backs him further more SARA PALIN go back to your igloo!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Paizley

    Joe sure does do alot of traveling....when does he work and why can't he use some of that money to pay his back taxes? Hmmmm......

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Colin

    Good maybe this guy won't show up to any other events because he has no purpose. Why is he campaigning anyways? You have Obama who has Sen. Clinton and Pres. Clinton campaigning with him and for him annnnnd then you have McCain who has an unlicensed plumber, guy who lied about being an independent when he was a registered republican, and hasn't paid his taxes. He has a fund raiser in Philly to go to? I douuubt that one who does this guy think he is? I mean hopefully he does good for him but I'm doubting it.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. David

    I am getting pretty tired of hearing about "Joe the..." (fill in option here)

    It just seems like another distraction.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. JFK

    If he is smart, Joe will play no more of a part in this circus called the McCain Campaign! McCain/Palin should be ashamed of their behavior.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    He is waiting for his clothing Allowance.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Sunny

    Miscommunication? It should be Miss Communication! He did not undertsand Sarah Palin's invitation it seems! What a crap Republican campaign has become! Can't say something else if Joe is not around now! Come on guys, do you sertiously think that a ex-POW who has been shadow of Bush for 8 years and a corrupt, abuser governor from Alaska, the land of nowhere going to lead this country? This is getting to be a BIG joke now are we are being laughed all around the world.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    when is John McCain and Co. going to figure out that this guy is USING them for his own personal gain?? Is this truly the American way that his campaign is always bragging about? The guy is a fake and a fraud and when pointed out by Democrats and others not on the right we were told we were anit- American, un American, and not looking out for the "little guy". John McCain turned this guy into the media attraction that he is today.., me thinks it's time to cut him loose.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. team of mavericks

    I suppose that's because Joe is a maverick, too?

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. TLC

    JTP is a gimmick and one that is getting really old, really fast.

    hey joe, your 15 minutes was up....15 days ago. move on, man, move on.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. charzie, NY

    Joe didn't show up? Sad that John and Sarah are pinning all their hopes and dreams on this guy that got recently invented by McSame's campaign. Joe probably doesn't show up for work half the time either, whatever it is that he says he does to try to earn a living at.....he always seems "available" to be interviewed at his place of living. Cannot believe McShame has stopped his actually campaigning of policies, plans and solutions-whatever they actually were?- to degrade his campaign into nothing more than labelling Obama with every imaginable form of name-calling. If John doesn't label Barack something or other one hour, his fraudulent ticket-mate does. Biden and Obama are too gentlemanly to stoop to Ms. 1/2-baked Alaska's tactics of name calling and inuendos. The Democrats are CAMPAIGNING the issues, plans and policies. Goodbye to Sarah, hopefully forever, from the national political forum.... she's a mess!

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Paula

    Indicative of how a McCain/Palin administration would work-or not.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. independent 2008

    McCane, McLame, McSame,
    warned you about Joe, the fame is getting to his head, remember to call his publicist , manager, image consultant next time.

    October 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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