October 18th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
11 years ago

McCain calls 'Joe the Plumber,' invites him on the trail

McCain wants Joe to campaign with him.

McCain wants Joe to campaign with him.

MELBOURNE, Florida (CNN)– At a rally in Melbourne, Florida Friday evening, Senator McCain revealed he had called Joe Wurzelbacher.

“I talked to him this morning for the first time ever,” said McCain. “And I want to tell you his sprits are good and he’s a tough guy. He is what small business people all over this country are all about. They are tough and they are good and they want to get ahead and they want to keep their money.”

McCain did apologize to the Ohio resident for thrusting him into the media spotlight on the night of the debate according to McCain press secretary Brooke Buchanan.

The night before he called, he appealed to Joe on CBS's “Late Night with David Letterman.”
“Joe, if you’re watching, I’m sorry,” he said into the camera.

Buchanan did say that the Arizona Senator invited Ohio’s most famous voter to meet up with the campaign but did not set up any specific stops.

McCain has a rally in that state on Sunday but Buchanan said she didn’t know whether Murzelbacher would appear.

When asked why he called Joe, Buchanan said, “I think he just wanted to reach out to him.”

Whether Joe is there in person or not, he is certainly a star at McCain events. McCain urged others at the rally to contact Joe and share their support. “Send Joe an email and tell him you are with him, ok,” said McCain.

And the crowd definitely seemed to be full of Joe supporters as well as John supporters, with people at the Melbourne rally were wearing tee shirts with a picture of a name tag on them that said, “My name is ... Joe the Plumber” and holding signs about Joe like one on stage that said, “Joe’s dough, not Obama’s.”

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soundoff (608 Responses)
  1. joe from nashua nh

    I can't believe mcain its turned into a circus iam glad iam a obama/biden supporter

    October 18, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. roger, brooklyn, new york

    john this is my message for you, the ss mccain is sinking. as you have hit an iceberg called the american people who is fed up with your lies, ill vision and no really answers to our problems. as for your crew is shows your judgement as erratic in choosing sarah, your backroom advisor like joe the turncoat. and now joe the fake plummer who as just reveal is not what he say's he is and didnt pay his taxes. now explain these tactic you have employ, people once admired you, not anymore. guess you are to senile and going thru manic depression on why you will not be president. sorry but there are a number of us who dont see you as the solution for america. the writing is on the wall from an ungreatfull nation who has suffered for eight years.

    October 18, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  3. the real Mario

    A failed presidential candidate hires a fake plumber. How rich. I hope McCain can give Sam the Sham plumber one of his houses and some seed money so he can live out his American dream in the Obama administration.

    October 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Obama/Biden 4 North Carolina

    John/Sarah may God bless you 4 the good things you're trying to do 4 our county. The W.Bush days are over the Amerian people have suffered and your time is running out and with all do respect it's time for you both John@Sarah crank the bus up and go home and let Obama/Biden come thru and run this county and check out what Obama/Biden is going to for our county and everyday people like ourself just trying to make it!

    October 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Alfred okyere


    October 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. you

    I don't think any canidate has ever put a name on a shirt or banner that isn't on the ticket.......? We all knew this "plumber" guy as soon as he was investigated. Did McCain and Palin ever get that report?

    October 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. Josh

    Maybe he will invite him to join his cabinet along with Liberman and G Gordon Liddy..

    October 18, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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