October 30th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
6 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. Andrea

    And he wants to run our country??? Can't even run his campain. Sarah and joe are walking all over him.
    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 30, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Independent for USA only

    My personal advice to Joe: 1, pay your Ohio state tax first, 2. get a license to do whatever job you claim, 3. don't lie to people together with McCain's campaign. Then, you might have a shot in Palin's position since she said that you were very welcome in Alaska.

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. oh no

    Joe the "plumber" is looking out for his own interest now.....

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. dahlathedumbfounded

    This is great. You can't make this stuff up.

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. JP

    Joe The Fake plumber probably told him he would be there between 8AM and 4PM.

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Papasan in Arizona

    If i didn't see it with my own eyes I couldn't believe it!
    Joe the Not a Plumber Scam!

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Sharon

    I think it's time for America to flush Joe the Plumber along with the McCain Plalin ticket!

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. cool onlooker

    If Joe is smart enough, he should never show up.

    Unfortunately he is "used" big time. Unfair to Joe. Joe please wake up and say No to them

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. WhiteWomenforObama'08

    Well, add Joe the Plumber to the list of nobodies now using McCain for personal gain, after being thrused into the spotlight in an effort to win the presidency.

    And he says he can lead the country. He can't even control his campaign.

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Brooks

    This is one sick joke. Joe the Plumber is just like McSame, trying to cash in on notoriety under false pretenses. This guy is not even a licensed plumber and owes back taxes and he is talking about running for Congress now. Give me BREAK! Well, then call him by his real name, "JOE THE JACKLEG".

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Joe from Mahwah, NJ

    Just like a true plumber....always showing up late for an appointment or not at all.

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Matt

    And this is news...how?

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Lawrence in Denver

    So what will it be next, Joe the Rapper?

    Just like FAILin, he is using Big Daddy mcKANE as a stepping stone to other things. What a moron!

    ~Lawrence in Denver

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. IndyVoter

    Wow! If McCain can't even coordinate affairs concerning one American, how is he going to run the affairs of all of America? Scary.

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. JP

    Sarah and Joe look more like Nancy and Sluggo!!

    October 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Brian Daniels

    When does Joe the Plumber actually do any plumbing?

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Erik, IA

    Who cares?!? "Joe the Plumber" is going to be a character of the past as of November 5th. Your 15 minutes of fame are about to end!

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Martha, CO

    I don't suppose you watched Daily Show last night where JS was joking about McCain relying on J the P .. the joke was McCain keeps relying on all these unvetted people like Palin and JtheP and they GO ROGUE!!
    Hilarious.

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. mindy

    So is the incorrect spelling of "miscommunication" in the article your error, or are you quoting the word as spelled by Joe?

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Trav

    What a Diva..

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. N C Milner

    Will you, CNN, stop providing "news" about this moron. I have a fat stupid neighbor who is also not a licensed plumber, owes back taxes, and is not named Joe – and he doesn't merit coverage either.

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. dave harlow

    Don't you folks have jobs.......oh yeah this is the Democrats news center... sorry my mistake.

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. EDW

    After that crap that he said about Obama and Isreal on Fox I guess McCain is reeling him in...

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Al Mellen

    The no-show unlicensed plumber had to go to school today for his plumbing license,,,,,or possibly pay his back taxes. Possibly he was searching for his real name. More than likely Sarah told him to change his wardrobe. Everyone has to look nice.

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. sf

    You guys need to quit with the funny posts! I'm at work and it is KILLING me not to laugh out loud!

    October 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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