(CNN) – With the dust still settling from the 2008 presidential race, one of its biggest celebrities lashed out Tuesday at the man who made him famous.
Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher, the Ohio voter who challenged President-elect Barack Obama on his tax plan and later became a hero of John McCain's presidential bid, said Tuesday he felt "appalled" at some of his interactions with the Arizona senator, and soon felt the need to ditch his campaign.
Speaking with conservative talk-radio host Glenn Beck, Wurzelbacher said he was specifically at odds with McCain's support over the massive $700 billion bailout, a measure many conservatives opposed despite McCain's attempts to shepherd the bill on Capitol Hill.
“When I was on the bus with him, I asked him a lot of questions about the bailout because most Americans did not want that to happen,” Wurzelbacher told Beck. “I asked him some pretty direct questions,” he continued. “Some of the answers…they appalled me, absolutely. I was angry.
"In fact, I wanted to get off the bus after I talked to him."
Wurzelbacher rocketed to stardom during the third and final presidential debate, when McCain referenced the Ohio plumber's direct challenge of Obama's tax proposals. On an Obama campaign swing shortly before that debate, Wurzelbacher approached the Democratic presidential nominee while cameras rolled and challenged the candidate over his plan to raise taxes on those making over $250,000. Wurzelbacher said that could mean his taxes would go up if he ever achieved his goal of owning a plumbing business.
McCain jumped at the opportunity to use Wurzelbacher as a symbol of all small business owners who could potentially be penalized under Obama's plan, and his name was repeatedly invoked by both the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
But Wurzelbacher never appeared completely comfortable being used as a tool of the McCain campaign, and notably failed to show up at one campaign rally - prompting the Arizona senator to embarrassingly call out to him to no avail.
Despite his disappointment with McCain though, Wurzelbacher praised Palin as "absolutely the real deal."
Just go away already!!!
McCain appalled him... but he still supported him. He really must not have thought well of Obama to do that.
His 15 minutes of fame are over......stop giving this moron a platform.
He thinks Sarah Palin is the "real deal?" Not only should he get off the bus, he should stop inhaling the fumes! Joe the ersatz plumber offering opinions on the nation's economy. Wow. I think it was more than telling when McCain called for this chowder-head to stand up and take a bow and he was no where to be seen.
He should thank McCain for making him famous. What a loser. Pay the taxes you owe and quite worrying about the ones that may or may not be down the line.
glenn beck, extending people's 15 minutes of fame one minute at a time.
UMMMMMMMMMMM WHO CARES.. HE DID NOT SEEM APPALLED WHEN HE WAS GETTING THE ATTENTION
Seriously "Joe the Plumber" I really don't think anyone cares about anything you have to say...You arn't a plumber and you probably arn't ever going to make $250,000. Do us all a favor and go home, I'd love to have a "questions and answer" session with you just to call you out.
I'm with Joe. McCain's support of the bailout may have cost him the election; 'maverick' he is not.
Who gives a hoot what this guy thinks? He does not get even the most simple financial issues, gross versus net income, and somehow we care? Go get a license and pay your back taxes, and then we still will not care what you think about the financial bailout.
Can this be true? The rats are still abandoning ship?
But what baffels me is that he believes Palin is the "real deal". Either he is really oblivious or he's thinking with something else besides his "brain".. or perhaps both?
Yes, I expect him to campaign hard for Palin's run in 2012. Go for it Palin, sorround yourself with morons, they'll fit right in with you.
Well Joe the "not Plumber" I'm appalled at the fact that you received any attention based of your bogus resume. You are not a plumber, you owe taxes, you were not about to purchase a business with over $250K in revenue on your paltry $40K salary. I'm also appalled that McCain didn't vet you properly, oh never mind, he didn't vet Palin properly either.
Why do we keep giving this man attention? Let's focus on all the big problems we're facing.
Maybe he and Palin will team up as Republican's dream ticket.
Joe the Plumber = Joe the Idiot. Not that I was ever in agreeance with McCain – this whiny "American Idiot" has no room to be the chosen, "Token Joe" voice of our society. Stop crying, Joe. Pull up your big boy drawers and get back to work!
I think we all agree that Joe's fifteen minutes of fame expired a few weeks ago!
Who cares what this putz has to say? He was nobody before, he'll be nobody after. He doesn't even have the slightest clue what he's talking about.
Can someone fake clog a toilet so that this guy has something to do?
you're a idoit. go away. you 15 minutes of fame is up
It is a sign of absolute desperation that "conservative" talk show hosts are still clinging to Joe the Babbling Baboon.
Oh please, Joe the phony plummer used Mccain too; now that everyone knows Joe he has the nerve to dis Mccain? I don't agree with everything Mccain did either, but I would have spoken up then and not have been around on every stage with Mccain if I had disagreed with him. Joe used Mccain too!
Whatever Joe! Go back and leave the rest of us alone. You're a tax-evading bum and are just wanting to be in the spotlight.
Joe is a PUTZ!
I am profoundly interested in this man's trenchant opinions and sophisticated world view NOT
Has nobody told this man that his 15 minutes are over? The world is filled with uninformed people like "Joe" – who cares what he has to say?
Well, there ya go!
Joe did not just get off the bus, he through Mr. McCain under the bus!