February 15th, 2010
06:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Joe the Plumber lashes out at McCain

Joe the Plumber is finished with McCain.
Joe the Plumber is finished with McCain.

Washington (CNN) - He was one of the faces of John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008, but Joe Wurzelbacher - better known to the world as "Joe the Plumber" - is apparently finished with the Arizona senator.

"John McCain is no public servant," Wurzelbacher said at a campaign rally Saturday in Pennsylvania for long shot gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer. Later, in an interview with Pennsylvania Public Radio, he dismissed the suggestion that he owes his fame to McCain.

"I don't owe him sh*t," Wurzelbacher said. "He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it."

"McCain was trying to use me," he said. "I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy."

Wurzelbacher said he's also done with Sarah Palin because she is backing McCain's re-election bid in Arizona.


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  1. rob

    Joe the "Plumber" is a fool and a tool. If he had any sense, he would have realized that President Obama is the champion for guys like him.

    February 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Irma in North Carolina

    Joe I am surprized you would say these things about the two who were your best buddies at time. But am glad you woke up and seen what they was like.

    February 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. David

    "McCain was trying to use me," he said. "I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy."

    ...and it only took me a year to finally figure that out. Doh!

    February 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Ryan

    Yeah he was being used.... I mean, he really really protested the notiona that his name was even Joe and that he was ever really a plumber.

    Why is this dbag even in the news? He doesn't represent anything but a campaign setup that failed.

    February 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Wilson

    Wurzelbacher has no one to blame but himself. He went along with what the dolts (McCain and Palin) asked of him in 2008. He accepted interviews and tried for his 15 minutes of fame and more. Now, he's complaining? He was not honest from the beginning; he was not "Joe the Plumber," but let himself be used as such. He was /is not real, Palin was/is not real, and McCain is not as smart as he likes to think he is.

    February 15, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Bub

    Well Joe, did you really think they were ever for the working class?

    February 15, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Russ in Benton AR

    Poor Joe, his creators have abandoned him.

    February 15, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. DD

    Are we suppose to care about his opinion? Who is he and what does he want?

    February 15, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. diridi

    who is this guy...I do not know...McCain's political tool???

    February 15, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. rita

    McCain campaign handlers knew that McCain himself could not connect to the average guy after McCain couldn't count how many homes he had. So they had to find a surrogate to fill this immense void. They needed an average Joe – and that is what they found. The problem was that he was too average to answer policy questions with finesse and clarity. He was basically on par with Palin and within a couple of weeks, the McCain campaign realized that they had goofed with this stand-in and stumbled even harder with the selection of Palin. Obama looked presidential and polished with no need for an average Joe proxy.

    February 15, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Dave

    Well if Joe the Plumber (aka Sam the not-Plumber) hates McCain, that's a point in McCain's favor... because Joe The Plumber is an idiot!

    February 15, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it."
    --------------------------------

    Did he really Joe?? I must then wonder how much did they pay you to keep that to yourself during the campaign? You did a fabulous job, I must say, of being an overenthusiastic supporter of all things Palin/McCain. Everywhere we looked there you were besmirching Obama and singing the oppositions' praises.

    Now it sounds like you allowed yourself to be used and the check bounced!

    February 15, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. jayme

    I dont think that the plumber is actually through with Palin yet as she didn't discount the possibliity of the plumber as her running mate should she go for the presidency on 2012. We'll just have to wait and see.

    February 15, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. brian in denver

    Calm down, Joe. It should come as no surprise that you were used as part of a Rovian campaign gimick. By the way, you don't in any way represent "the face of middle Americans".

    February 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Crazy Cat Lady

    Ah, poor Joe - discoveirng that ignorance isn't always bliss.

    February 15, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. NCite45

    Joe obviously was not issued the official political play book. Hope he realizes by now that he's playing again...

    February 15, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Chuck

    Go and get a punch on your ts card, Joe, you had your 15 minutes of fame!

    February 15, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. John B. From New Hampshire

    HAHA Love it when Repubs eat their own! let the feast begin!! :)

    February 15, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Tony in Maine

    Oooooh noooo, Sarah. Joe is out as your VP. Maybe Glenn Beck?

    Joe – you are not the face of middle America. Get over it, your moment of fame was a joke.

    February 15, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but.....

    Well, at least one "real American" has seen the light. I'm betting that the power went off in Joe's house due to winter weather and the FOX news brainwashing stopped for just long enough for him to analyze the facts and form his own opinion. One down and several million to go. Have a nice day!

    February 15, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Florida Joe

    This uneducated clown is no more the face of middle Americans than Sarah Palin is.................

    February 15, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. doight

    Joe the Plumber is the blue collar Republican. Arrogant, uneducated, racist, entitled, egocentric and a jerk.

    February 15, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. SuzyQ

    Ha Ha Ha, if he had only used his brain and hadn't thought about his 15 minutes of fame he would have realized these people are users!!.
    This is so funny it is undescribable can't stop laughing

    February 15, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Kimm in Charlotte NC

    Well it happened to Linda Tripp and Sarah Palin... Now it's Joe's turn. A person should never allow themselves to be used for someone else's agenda. You are catered to and propelled for only as long as the results are in favor of he user. Joe's tax issues were brought to the forefront and his concerns about being heavily taxed as a small business owner have been all but forgotten by the same people that gave him a blowhorn. I am sure, with all their connections, someone in the McCain-Palin camp could have helped partner him with an entity to guide and foster his goals. Instead he was tossed like a rented prom tux. He could have been a success story to tout later. Oh well. Lesson learned.

    February 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. alex lyrics

    Republicans always seem to have these falling outs just like drug dealers they are.

    They love eachother whhen the moneys good, then get greedy when things go bad, and attack eachother.

    I don't understand why so many Americans support these blatently corrupt republicans.

    The only thing republicans care about is seperating racis, big business, closeted white supremicy, pay offs and kickbacks.

    February 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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