October 16th, 2008
04:09 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden questions 'notion of this guy Joe the plumber'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/10/16/joe.plumber/art.joe.wurzelbacher.gi.jpg caption="Joe Biden says he doesn't know any plumbers that make $250K."](CNN) - Joe Biden sounded skeptical of “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher’s working-class credentials Thursday.

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“You notice John [McCain] continues to cling to the notion of this guy Joe the plumber,” Biden said on NBC’s Today show. “I don't have any Joe the plumbers in my neighborhood that make $250,000 a year that are worried.”

Watch: 'Joe the plumber' on debate

“The Joe the plumbers in my neighborhood, the Joe the cops in my neighborhood, the Joe the grocery store owners in my neighborhood - they make, like 98 percent of the small businesses, less than $250,000 a year,” said the Democratic VP nominee. “And they’re going to do very well under us, and they’re going to be in real tough shape under John McCain.”

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McCain cited Wurzelbacher, who questioned Obama about his tax plan during a recent Ohio campaign swing, as someone would face higher taxes under the Democrat’s economic proposals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters in the United States in 2007 was $47,350.

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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Beth, NY

    That's great Joe-go after the plumbers and you go after the carpenters, electricians, painters, etc:

    You're going to ruin Obama if you keep this stupidity up–these are the people who make up the country and make it go-

    Back off Joe before it's too late.

    October 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Rayford

    If Mccain was trying to make a point with Joe he missed the point. Most of us do not know a plumber who is capable of buying a business making 250,000 dollars no matter how hard they work. Joe stated on GMA that why should he get penalized for working hard and making more money. I doubt just hard work along is going to get him to a position to buy this business. If fact the people in America who work the hardest are the ones who make much less than 250,000 and are the ones who will benefit the most under BO plan. It is time to give the people who work the hardest a break.

    October 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Dave

    We need to ask more questions of Joe Biden. Besides being a war monger he has (along with his son) lined his pockets with cash from preadatory lenders that are headquartered in his state for years (such as MBNA). he's a scumbag pointing fingers at others. the whole lot of these two party candidates are crooks that are bought and paid for by the military-industrial-banking complex. It is time for a viable third party that adheres to the Constitution and not pay it lip service like these two bums are.

    October 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Read this morning that Joe the Plummer is NOT registered to vote. He also believes that America shouldn't have the social security program.

    Vote: Obama and the REAL Joe (Joe Biden) '08

    October 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Women for Obama/Biden

    We all know it was a "Joe set-up" by McCain campaign and funny enough...how will a true plumber be scared under Obama's tax plan..? McCain said Joe is rich.... and if that is true meaning he his not the plumber McCain was claiming...Can you see something missing here? Trying to set Obama up and use it for campaign gain...that is so ridiculous...If he his president (God forbid) will mcCain set Putin up to win arguements? That is lame

    October 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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