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. DoubleNegative

    Neither Joe, Nor Plumber. Sam Joe Wurzelbacher

    October 30, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Monica, Texas

    Mcain had better wake up, I think this entire "Joe the Plumber" stunt is going to back fire.....

    October 30, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Sick and tired of getting screwed

    IF JOHN MCCAIN CANT CONTROL JOE THE PLUMBER HOW IS HE GOING TO CONTROL PUTIN AND AHMADINAJAD???!!!

    HA HA HA HA!!! SOME LEADERSHIP!!!

    October 30, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Blue By You

    McCain can't run a campaign and he wants to run the country? Oh, I don't think so.

    October 30, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. eds

    Maybe McCain was trying to multi-task when he made the appointment!!!!!!!!!! LOL. What a Pres he would be.

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl

    Now we know why he never got his license.

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Kate

    WHO FLIPPIN CARES!

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Independent Voter

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH OMG !!!! - NOW THAT MADE MY DAY

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Sam7_OR

    I guess the PLUMBER had to consult with his publicist first…

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. no more hanging chads

    Totally amazing!

    I didn't think there WERE any more wheels to fall off that bus!

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Hahahahahahahaha...OMG...hahahahahahahaha...pardon me...hahahahahahahahaha...oooooooooooooh goodness me...hahahahahahahahaha...

    What clown is running his campaign? The drama and comedy are top notch!!

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Dave

    Not the kind of plumber I want at my house, shows up when he wants to. Must be making to much money.

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. nikstery

    i just think that it is sad that McCain is relying on a non-plumber, not-named-Joe to revive up his campaign. I can't wait to til the non-experience governor, with no knowledge of foreign-affairs to be his opening act. Oh wait.. SARAH PALIN. Their campaign is just sad.

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. alex

    Joe the diva !!! He is holding out for more money!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. ChuckB

    John McCain: Not ready to lead.

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. ANDY DAAS

    You should be called Joe the joker not Joe the plumber.

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. FLORIDA for Obama

    It was FABULOUS when McCain called on 'Joe the Plunger' and he wasn't there. It was PRICELESS.

    Maybe 'Joe the TAX EVADER' is in the pokey.

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. gail

    is this really news, and is he really helping their ticket, now book endorsements, congress running and my favorite country and western singer, they probably have to have their plant hang around for 15 more minutes of fame, hey joe paid your taxes yet?

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Patrick

    About as significant as the news that he would show up, which is to say that it really isn't significant at all.

    The only thing it does is raise the possibility that he was a republican plant in the first place. Honestly, I'm sort of glad that he didn't show because for all the talk about the guy, I'd like to think that he was just some guy and not a political dirty trick.

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Kent

    "Joe the Plumber" is another bad decision around McCain's neck dragging him further down below into the depth's of no return. McCain continues to make poor decisions and this guy is in it for himself.

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. william

    hahahahaha! That is hysterical. Maybe Joe the plumber needs to be introduced to Joe the scheduler. How's that country music album coming?

    October 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. democracynow2008

    When I call a Plumber they came and fixed the pipe problem we had on time .
    When McCain calls the Plumber to come out in from of a large crowd he does not come out .
    Why because McCain did not call to make an appointment.
    What a joke this is .
    I wish I was their .
    Joe The Plumber come on out Joe are you their hey Joe .
    Oh sorry my fellow Americans Joe the Plumber is not here.

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. George from Minneapolis

    and some people want these people to run the country, totally pathetic.

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. jimmy

    who is this joe, why are the american people so blinded, can't they really see if the sky is blue , or they are robot in motion, no senses or anything , wow i use to enjoy the dumies show, when i was a little boy, but now i see the same show played on the american people by their master,,, laughhhhhhhh is joe's name samuel somthing sound like he is not even american , maybe from Israel, check it out people

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Mauricio

    Yeah, that's right. John McCain called out for Joe the Plumber and he wasn't there. Why? Because they're not on the ball. If they can't get a campaing to run smoothly, what makes the American people think that they can run a Government? Guess what? I'm not showing up for McCain either.

    Love,

    Mauricio "the Pharmaceutical Compliance Cooridinataor" Ramirez

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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