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. Dave - Durham NC

    Does anybody think that Joe the Plumber has a chance to run for political office? How about President or Vice-President in 2012?
    Can you see him and Sarah Palin on the ticket? I think that would be comical!

    October 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. KG, Twin Cities

    Joe the phoney. He is another one I never want to hear from again after the election.

    October 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Andrew from Canada

    The McCain campaign made fun of Barack Obama for being a community organizer, but they should have spent more time taking lessons from Mr. Obama on how to organize an effective presidential campaign. They cannot even schedule an "Average Joe" for their campaign event!! Let's see who they'll blame the miscommunication on! These are the people you want leading your country??

    I'm still shocked that this guy has become such a crucial part of their campaign, it sounds so childish when they announce "Joe the Plumber", or "Tito the Builder". They treat their supporters like children, but perhaps that's the level of their intelligence.

    For all those that call Obama an empty suit, what the hell does that make you? I highly doubt that you have a quater of his credentials or intelligence.

    Andrew

    Please post CNN, I was being nice this time.

    October 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    No show Joe...George Jones would be proud.

    October 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. CDG

    at this point we are all laughing hysterically at the inept GOP. What a bunch of morons.

    October 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. oscar

    what is all these about joe the plumber.mccain's adviser was nowhere to be found when mccain called out for him .Mccain please stop chasing shadows, stop your desperation, and stop the name calling and retire. Look out you are even losing your state, that's because they are tired of your leaving the substance and chasing the winds.What have said about the economy, healthcare and education. please hands up and retire.

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Republican Woman in PA for Obama

    Priceless.

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Independent for USA only

    McCain's campaign thought Americans are all fools. Come on, GOP, IT IS NOT HOLLYWOOD EVERYWHERE in this country! Don't use lies to wag the dog!

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. SoCal

    I think McCain hopes Joe The Plumber can do something about incontinence...

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Lorna, NY

    Joe the Plumber is a loser. I wonder how much the McCain campaign is paying this nut case. This is the most pathatic move in political history. John McCain has lost all respect...a maverick he is NOT!

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Kurt from Canada

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Of course, anyone who has ever needed the services of a plumber knows, you sort have to go by their hours. If Senator McCain would wait between the hours of 9 and 5 on Friday, I'm sure Mr. Wurzelbacher will be able to slot him in for an appointment.

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. THE US OF WHAT?

    JOE DID YOU TAKE A ANOTHER LOOK AT OBAMA'S TAX PLAN? MAN I DON'T BLAME YOU FOR COMING TO THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, TELL MCCAIN IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL JUST A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH!!

    HAHAHAHAH YOU SUCK MCCAIN

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Nina in Orlando

    *Points and laugh at another FAILED Rethuglican GIMMICK*

    HAHAHA

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Paul DObro

    People, People People. Pay attention now. A McCain president will look alot like McCain canidate – No organization, just saying what ever comes to mind, no loyality, no organization. BASICALLY ONE BIG MESS.

    All these pople are scared about Obama, look at his organization. Smart using everything – internet, messaging, endorsements, staying on message, loyality, A STEADY HAND TO LEAD THE US!

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. indy chris

    Attention Politicians!

    Hire me as your campaign advisor and I'll make sure you lose for HALF the price!

    hehehe seriously, who thinks this stuff up?

    Is this like The Producers where for some reason they're trying to lose but are unwittingly much more successful than.....ahhhh crap.

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. steve the scholar

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHAHAH

    I think we should challenge Joe the Bumbler if he could find Israel or Palestinian territories on the map before he questions Obama on anything.

    OBAMA/BIDEN IN A LANDSLIDE, YES WE CAN!

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. marianne

    this guy is a loser!

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. PA for Obama

    I am detecting some defiance in Defiance... possible a little ODD for JTP...

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Speider

    Why are we listening to non-stories about this? Are there not more important things that deserve column space?

    I hear Palin is under investigation for ethics violations and misappropriating state funds for her family. I think that's pretty important as she may be in a position to misappropriate U.S. taxpayers' money and not just Alaskans' tax money.

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Gspenn

    I guess Joe The Plumber is going out on his own. He doesn't need McCain now. He's a star. Maybe his agent advised him against being seen with McCain anymore. Too funny.

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    Even Joe the not exactly a plumber is throwing McCain under the bus!! This is who McCain is using as an endosement/surrogate??

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Emmanuel

    Please pay Joe some more money. The payment for the first appearance does not cover the second one.

    October 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. marc the director

    perhaps joe the plumber should pick up a news paper every once in a while. maybe then he would know he was expected there....

    October 30, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Vince

    Wow. I really love this campaign. Doesn't this (the McCain campaign) all seem like a comedy sketch?

    October 30, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Diana Ewing NJ

    Does this guy even work.... Another poor judgement by McCain to align himself with this Joe the Plumber who lied about everything... ..Guess this makes McCain feel smart to be around people like this...

    October 30, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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