October 17th, 2008
12:44 PM ET
14 years ago

Plungers greet Obama at Virginia Rally


From left to right: Will Croswell, of the Washington D.C. area; Andrew Butash, of Scranton, Pennsylvania; Byron Hodkinson, from Melbourne, Austrailia; and Charlie Smith, also from the Washington D.C. area, greeted Sen. Obama in Virginia Friday. (Photo Credit: Sasha Johnson/CNN)

ROANOKE, Virginia (CNN) - The new symbol of the McCain campaign: the plunger.

As Democratic nominee Barack Obama pulled into the Roanoke Civic Center on Friday, he was greeted by the usual McCain campaign supporters that show at Obama rallies. But this time, those waving McCain-Palin signs were joined by dozens of people waving standard-issue plungers. Some wore white t-shirts emblazoned with "I AM JOE THE PLUMBER" on the front. The protesters all said they were volunteers and not paid by the McCain campaign.

The plungers serve as a reference to the 2008 campaign's latest cult personality, Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher of Holland Ohio. (Joe is actually his middle name. First name: Samuel).

While the plungers emerged in Roanoke, McCain's vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin told a fundraiser in neighboring North Carolina Thursday night that she's already tired of "Joe the Plumber."

"Don't make me say Joe the Plumber, please, in any speeches," Palin said.

soundoff (219 Responses)


    October 17, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Johnny in South Carolina

    Yeah guys... You see McCain supporters don't have anything better to do with their time than to dress up like a lying, unlicensed, none tax paying, $250,000 a year ( oops! $47,000 ) a year wanna be plumber. What McCain needs to do is tell those guys that Joe the Plumber has not been paying his taxes under the Bush tax laws. Go figure....

    For once I agree with Palin. I am tired of hearing and talking about Joe also. The Joe that matters rightnow in this election is Joe Biden

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 17, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. vince

    I cannot believe how many posters on this site are unable to spell. So much hate being spoken. Why is it impossible to share one's views without insults and barbs being tossed into the comment? All of this hatred and all of this polarization is what is dividing and destroying America. BOTH parties are playing into this as well. Noone wants middle ground any longer. It is always "my way or no way". NONE of our problems will be solved unless we ALL work together and ALL give some ground to get to the common center. Please...let the hate go and let's fix our country. If the parties want to spit on each other, let them. Let's ignore them and get this engine working again!

    October 17, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Lynn

    Disrespectful comments from Obama supporters, what's new?

    October 17, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. BM

    Sarah Palin should be the last person to even utter anything closly related to fraud. Her entire life as Governor has been questionable. Whenever she is on, I turn my channel. She is not worthy of listening to.

    October 17, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    News reports say the unlicensed Samuel earned about $40,000 last year and owes about 1,000 in back taxes. Additionally, this man has no immediate plans to buy a business.

    Under Obama's tax relief this man would owe about $500 less in taxes

    McCain campaign gets funnier and funnier each day.

    October 17, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    No plumber can save the plunging McCain campaign now.

    October 17, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Ken

    Yes please STOP talking about this supposed rich plumber!!

    I am so sick and tired of hearing about this guy. I couldn't care less about him, so PLEASE!! PLEASE!! STOP TALKING ABOUT HIM!!

    October 17, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. indievoter

    Keep trashing Joe the Plumber, all you hateful obama supporters. Its going to cost you the election. So, please, keep it up. We appreciate the help. And, by the way, your leader is doing it, too, so that helps even more.

    October 17, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Karen

    Get a quote from a plummer. It is $120 to walk in your door. Remember the movie THE MONEY PIT? The plumber shows up in a limousine.

    The way the democrats attacked Joe the Plumber should make every American very scared. If you dare dissent against a president Obama, the AP, CNN, NBC will look into your tax filings, your divorce, and camp outside your house. If you dare question a President Obama, you will be called a racist. If you dare express your dislike of his policies, you will be charged with a hate crime.

    I want a president I am free to disagree with, and the media has used censorship and propaganda to suppress our free speech rights.

    My vote for McCain is a vote against the media.

    October 17, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Debby

    They look like Joe the plumbers hahaha.

    October 17, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. N Gee

    Poor Judgement the selection of Palin and the endorsement of Joe the plummer... wonder what selection for a judge would look like Judge Wapner?

    October 17, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |

    joe the plumber is a joke,he makes 40.000 a year and no licence,i will not let him fix my plumbing.i think he wasd by the mcaine team to divert the attention from economy.sorry it will not work.

    October 17, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. milo

    "John McCain is gaining in the polls and he almost tied with Obama. "

    Gaining a hair? Maybe. Almost tied? You're living in a fantasy.

    October 17, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Yvonne

    Maybe McCain and Palin can start a plumbing business together when their political careers are over on Nov 4.

    October 17, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. michalel

    Well it is getting close to Halloween.

    October 17, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. THEO


    October 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Anthony

    This 'Joe Plummer' is not even a licensed plummer a. I have no pity for this guy who makes 280,000 dollars a year, cry me a river Joe.

    October 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. HouseDiva

    i'm sure none of those protesters are making over $250,000....

    they need to put down those props(plungers)...the stupid signs, and vote for Obama/Biden.

    October 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Doug R.

    I wonder if these are McCain's personal plumbers for his 7 or 8 homes he owns?? I wonder if these people know that Joe the Plumber was a McCain plant...a fraud, just like McCain himself.

    October 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Theresa

    The Russian flag would be appropriate.

    McCain 2008
    Hillary 2012
    Joe The Plumber – Senator from Illinois.

    October 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. myna

    Hmmm....trolls around going berserk here? They must be losing.

    October 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. DN

    I have a couple of questions: 1) Why didn't Sarah Palin accept the invitations to appear on the networks following the 3rd debate? Joe Biden appeared on all of the networks but Palin declined. That's a fact.
    2) Senator McCain said he is not President Bush. That's fine, but why then did he accept money raised by Bush when he appeared at fundraisers behind closed doors? He pushes the President away with one hand but takes money Bush raised with the other. That's a fact.
    And finally, 3) Why are the McCain/Palin signs blue? The Republican party is identified as being red with the Democratic Party being the one seen as blue. Are they attempting to fool people? That's a fair question, isn't it?

    October 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Nester, Chicago, IL

    "Joe the plumber" is just the personification of Obama's idea of economy system of re-distribution of wealth. It is a significant interpretation of the difference between a welfare state and a ownership state.
    There is no need to attack Joe, every voter must endeavor to understand how the economy will affect them if such concerns Joe shared with Obama are anything to go by. Before you cast your vote, I employ everyone to research or ask anyone who has lived under such welfare-state economy system Obama intends to introduce to America.

    October 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. ES

    Democratic Voter said: "We need to SHUT JOE UP. Now. Joe must be destroyed. His views have no place in a humane democracy. Obama will win this election, and use the Fairness Docterine to shut these clowns down. End Fascism, vote Obama."

    Did anyone else's irony meter just explode??

    Hint (since a Democratic Voter probably cannot understand the irony): Your statement was the very essence of Fascism!

    October 17, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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