February 15th, 2010
06:41 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Ben in Texas

    As anybody who's ever owned a home knows, it's heck to lose a good plumber. Joe's relationship with McCain/Palin is down the drain. Well, John, Nixon had his plumber problems also.

    It's a shame what McCain has become. I would have considered voting for him in 2000, before Bush's lies about him flushed his campaign. Since then, John has plumbed the depths of political depravity, to the point of choosing Palin as a running mate and becoming the butt of many jokes. I'm truly sorry to see him going down the tubes, but with a name like "John", maybe it's to be expected.

    February 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    OMG,what a moron.Everytime this guy and Palin open their mouths,it shows how stupid they are.I blame McCain,he was the one who brought them out from the rock they lived other,now we have to listen to their BS

    February 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Laverne

    Of course he used you just like he and Sarah Palin tried to use the rest of America with that "Country First" crap and thankfully the American people were able to see right through it. It is too bad a few minutes of fame made you not see to clearly at the time. Keep speaking out about McCain and Palin!

    February 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. RTB

    Perhaps Joey should take out his frustrations about his ill gotten fame on his own poor grasp of the issues that could dramatically affect his life and millions like him.

    The republican agenda is not one that would up-lift the likes of Joe the plumber.

    February 15, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. stevetall

    Dial 1-800-Waa-aahh, Joe. We were pretty sick of your mug, your "fame" on the campaign trail, and your lousy judgement of politics in general.

    Guess it's time to go back to work as a plumber and let the grown-ups play politics!

    February 15, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Jim

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

    "McCain was trying to use me...."
    Shocking.

    "I happened to be the face of middle Americans."
    That's certainly what they wanted everyone to think, but you're not.

    "It was ploy"
    By jove, I think he's got it.

    Seriously, what rock did this guy crawl out from under?

    February 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Oh, please, getta dose of reality!

    Well, there's the end of Sarah's lucrative Speakapalooza.

    February 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Gregg

    amazing how the republican's support
    candidates that they all later regret.

    republican;s have peroven to be america's
    worst enemy.

    February 15, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Brian

    Looks like someone is just running their mouth to get back in the limelight. Go away Joe the Plumber, your not what this country is all about.

    February 15, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Dar

    Hey Joe, you're a big boy, so act like it. Odumbo is the one that made you famous with his communistic remark and you hammered him for it.
    You didn't have to go on tour with McCain. You didn't have to go on shows. (which paid you quite well)
    If your business is screwed up it's your fault for not running it correctly. You sound like a Dem, blaming someone else for your problems that you brought on youself.
    How much are you making to make these comments while you campain for yet another canidate. Your the joke dork.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 15, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Dan the Sewage Sifter

    Duh. And you are just figuring this out now. Don't going crying victim. You let them lay the pipe. If it is true that you are the "face of middle Americans" than this why our country is so flushed. Just another sheep with a clogged drain. Now it is time for you to go away and sit on your own plunger.

    February 15, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Greg

    Wait, McCain really screwed his life up? Yet he's still out there pimping himself? IF it wasn't for McCain you'd still be collecting unemployment checks.

    February 15, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Shane

    Will this guy ever get over himself? Both he & Sarah were used by the McCain camp, but Joe is bitter cuz Moose is raking it in hand over fist from her idiotic supporters, whole Joe is looking for anyone to hire a plumber!!! You're an insult to plungers, Joe!!

    February 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Jackalope

    Like Tonya Harding, he refuses to just go away.

    February 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Tracy

    How, exactly, is this guy still relevant?

    February 15, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. CHIPS

    It took you this long to figure out you were used.

    February 15, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Chiguy

    Joe the Plumber: "McCain Used Me" D-uhhhhhhhhhhhhh! You think?

    February 15, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Peter s

    Thansk Joe finally you are waking up! and welcome to the world of reality!!

    February 15, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    DUH... he's just figuring this out now? We knew it as it was happening. What a dope.

    February 15, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. andy

    Fine the yellow pages is full of plummers that are out of work due to the party of No,the democrats.NO jobs NO economic improvement NO plan NO truth NO hope NO change.Long Live the GOP.November the GOP "yes we can" run the dems out."Change you can believe in"

    February 15, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. bob

    The truth hurts.

    February 15, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. dale

    McCain is not a true conservative. That's what we want. Retire John and make room for real conservatives

    February 15, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. jay

    Once JTP figured out he wasn't getting a handout from McCain – of course he's going to like Obama. That's how people work

    February 15, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Gilliard

    This guy has to be one of the most ignorant Americans there is.

    February 15, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Tammy

    Who is this Joe, again, and why should we be interested?

    February 15, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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