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. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    hahahahahahhah It's so funny !! I can't stop laughing.
    McCain campaign is a joke.

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Jim

    Maybe the diva needs some plumbing work done to her home.

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Rob

    And let the various kooky reasonings flow freely from the fingers of the Obama freaks.

    But hey, Obamaholics, what about appearances at Barry rallies by his friends, Ayers, Wright, and now, Khaledi? Where are they. The three of them should help your rantings about how evil the US and Israel are. It'd be a good rally, the three of them hate America, and Barry wants to ruin America, what more could you ask for?

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    Just saw an article that the Republican Party if McCain loses the election is going to Blame Sarah Palin for their loss.......but who picked her? That was one of McCain first really important decissions to make.........If he can't pick a qualified VP then how can he run our Country. He won his primary back in March he had plenty of time to veet Palin but he waited till August......he himself said he had only met her a couple of times........who's fault is it? Put the blame where it should be on MCCain after all this is his campaign............Yes, I think Palin is not qualified but MCCain knew that before the rest of us and he made a bad move anyway.........hoping she would bring in the voters he couldn't get on his own............If this is the kind of decissions he is going to make , we don't need him trying to solve our economy problems,or facing the terrorists of the world

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. gl, Pittsburgh

    Why can't McCain leave this Joe the fake plummber along already.

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Jill

    Joe does things on HIS timetable. Why? Because he's a MAVERICK!

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. KLEE

    there isn't a liberal america – there isn't a conservative american there is just a United States of America – heard speech from Obama on TV – inspiring and touches your soul – i have never been so taken by an election in my life and i've been around for awhile….let's do it right – keep it honest – and stay between the lines. thank you and good night

    PS I was looking for "joe the plumber" this morning in Defiance OH and guess what.....joe didn't show!!! good ole reliable joe!

    OBAMA/BIDEN the "no gimmick" team.

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Molly

    LOL...this guys an idiot!

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. reggie

    Wait a minute!!! how is this newsworthy? It was merely a scheduling error...Nothing like Obama meeting with Khalidi, of the PLO, which you fail to cover. CNN is such a joke this election...

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Enuf

    Please stop this nonsense. The world is watching....and laughing at us.

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. jerimie

    let's just call joe what he really is...

    JOE THE OPPORTUNIST!

    October 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. karen-phoenix

    McCain communication skills would be a LOT to be desired as president!!! WE, the American people DO NOT need someone who has a big lack of "communication" skills besides McCain is just way tooooo old!!!! AND that is most of the problem!!! Even Arizona is going Blue!!!
    God Bless Obama/Biden

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. milo

    Is there video of this? Sounds hilarous.

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. CMW from Pittsburgh

    Believe me, PA isn't a swing state, we are too smart to be duped by the McCain/Palin crew.

    PA is going for Obama, it may have taken some time, but we are there, believe me, even Republicans here are jumping ship because they see the Titanic coming with McCain.

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Bill in JC, NY

    Is it Tuesday yet? I just want this to be over with. How much more pathetic can this get?

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Random Dude

    lol , even Joe 'the Karl Rove Plant' is ditching McCain
    This cannot get funnier..wait maybe there is more to come

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Nic

    What a colossal joke this is.

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. THE WATCHER

    Is Joe about to endorse Obama?

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. latinovoter

    MCCIN HAS STRONGER TIES TO THE PLO – than Obama ever did. View the MCCAIN-PLO ties on ANY VIDEO SITES, Even Lou Dobbs reported it. Of Course, clueless Palin and her handlers wouldn't know that for they are not into Pro-Googling or Vetting issues before they spew them out to the public. Thank God these clowns are going to be gone!

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Susan

    Oh yeah, This is great! The McCain Staff can't even manage to coordinate the appearance of "Joe the Plumber" without a blunder but millions of Americans are looking to these clowns to run the entire COUNTRY!!! HELLO PEOPLE WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!! PULL YOUR HEAD OUT!

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Joe The Engineer

    its beyond ridiculous, joe the plumber, who has no license and never paid taxes, and repubs has no one issue but him to run their campaign. is that all you got McPalin? no real substance to run your campaign, like economic, credit crisis, foreclosures, jobs?

    joe the plumber, will ayers, khalid, socialism, marxism, terrorist.......no these are not the real issues America is facing right now, and no one is cared about it.

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Cory

    Ok, tell me you're kidding. He actually introduced him and he was not there? Somebody tell me I'm dreaming....

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. sf

    This guy is a joke and I do NOT care about him one bit! Besides, how can he be main street when he has a publicist?!?!? Joe the "plumber" is a joke and is literally trying to get all this attention for himself. Looks like he's one in a long line of folks that are bailing out on the McCain campaign!

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    That Joe the Plumber is a Republican plant! Isn't he related to McCain's friend, Keating? McCain and Palin are a sad pair! When McCain selected Palin, he opened a Pandora's Box (of worms, etc.). They are so desperate they will pull at any straws! One of the scariest things I have heard today is when Larry King asked McCain if he was flying and our country was attacked would he trust that cocky wacko, Palin, to take control. GOD HELP US ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Todd Palin

    IT IS DISGUSTING TO SEE THIS GUY EVERYWHERE.MCCAIN CAMP DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE NOW A DAYS

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21