October 18th, 2008
12:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin praises Joe the Plumber for ruining Obama's 'photo-op'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/18/art.swain.cnn.jpg caption="Palin campaigned in Pennsylvania Saturday."]LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Sarah Palin invoked Joe "the Plumber" once again on Saturday in Pennsylvania, needling Barack Obama for having a “staged photo-op” interrupted by a voter asking him “a simple, a straightforward question” about taxes.

“So when he left Joe’s neighborhood in Toledo, our opponent didn’t look real happy,” Palin said of Obama. “Seems that the staged photo-op there got ruined by a real person’s question. So here’s a guy working—standing there in his neighborhood when a candidate for president shows up and he wanted more than just a handshake and a campaign button. He wanted some answers.”

If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because Palin faced a similar moment on September 27 in Philadelphia at one of her own photo-ops, when Temple graduate student Michael Rovito approached the governor at a cheesesteak shop to ask her opinions on cross-border raids into Pakistan to hunt terrorists.

Palin told Rovito the United States should “absolutely” attack within Pakistan to stop terrorists, a position at odds with McCain’s. The remark was picked up by a network camera crew and caused a headache for the GOP ticket, who were forced to explain their apparently conflicting views in a national television interview days later.

At the rally in Lancaster on Saturday, Palin said that Joe Wurzelbacher, “bless his heart,” is being “investigated” and “attacked” because the Obama campaign didn’t appreciate him asking Obama a question about his tax plan.

Though Pennsylvania is trending in the Democrats’ favor, Palin was campaigning in the heart of the state’s 16th congressional district, which went to President Bush by a nearly 30-point margin 2004.

In another reminder that the campaign is actively promoting Palin’s feminine qualities while on the stump, the vice presidential candidate took the stage to Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely?,” a departure from the usual campaign theme song, Shania Twain’s “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face.”

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  1. Joyce Becker

    Using Joe the plumber is really stupid, that guy isn't even licensed. I wouldn't want him doing work in my house and for owning the business, I doubt if that would ever happen, except if Cindy would loan him the money, of course he still would need the license. Joe doesn't vote or pay his taxes in the first place, he has a tax lien against him, what a role model for McCain to choose to go against the Obama tax plan. If Joe ever had the good fortune of owning a business and netting $250,000 he would sure have a thriving business and could afford his fair taxes.


    October 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. ChicoSez

    If someone dares disagree with the great Obama, that person should be destroyed. How these Obama supporters can write such hatefilled messages and then claim to be on the high road shows a lack of selfawareness that borders on delusional. This is a cult of personality, not a political movement. Why let facts like only the business owner needs a plumbers license, not the ones that actually do the work, stand in the way of trashing an opponent. It looks like the dems have learned the Karl Rove technique extremely well. Thats one of the reasons I left the party. The stock market thinks Obama might win, thats why it crashed.

    October 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. JoetheLiar

    How'd you like that loser Joe "I'm not licensed to be a plumber" working on your pipes? Needless to say Nov 4th will be the day the Republicans end up in the crapper!

    October 18, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. USMC Mike

    Joe I'm one of the 28 percenters who like Bush and likes McCain in 2008. Is more like it ... Undecided, please....

    October 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. ready for change

    palin is so UGLY ON THE INSIDE, that it's starting to show on the outside. VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. TX Independent for Obama

    Let's be sure that the overgeneralization by McCain/Palin is not effective. They are just saying that O/B will raise taxes. They leave out the "on those making >$250k part" and simply put up this straw man. And they leave out the $10 TRILLION (and growing) national debt, which is >$30k for each person!

    Imagine if every person at the M/P rallies was told that each of them and each of their kids is now >$30k in debt, and the M/P plan doesn't even address it! Not to mention the $10Bill/month for the war.

    It's all being lost. Don't let that happen!

    Don't gloat, vote!

    October 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. True story about Obama...

    True story: A friend of my parents is a bit of a bigot and said he'd never vote for a black guy. His nephew a while back wrote a letter to both McCain and Obama asking a question about the economy. McCain never replied or answered at all. Obama called the dude personally and talked to him for 30 minutes to answer his question. Think about that.

    Now the entire family is going to vote for That One, including the bigot. I love it!

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    October 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Darrel

    McLying Xpress insist on using this guy Joe The Plumber for their campaign. This guy is not who he is and he never had the money to buy a company or more less start one. He only made $40,000 last year and probably less than that this year. One more thing there is an Arizona Connection with the McCain's and possibly a connection to the late Charles Keating. It is my understanding that Charles Keating is related to Joe's family and they also live on an island off the California coast where by way the McCains also own a house. So my point this Joe The Plumber is a Political Stunt on behalf of the McCain Campaign. Here is the McLying Xpress Puppet talking out the side ot her neck once again about an absolute lie. She wants to be Vice-President of this Country. I rather have June Cleaver as a VP.

    October 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Barbara

    The duo of Palling and McCain seem straight out of Alice in Wonderland – right is wrong.and black is white.... this from the Cheshire Cat in Depends and the Mad Hatter. Seriously, I'm a Canadian, painfully aware of how our two countries are twinned in an economical and trade sense. We have much at stake in how America will face the challenges ahead. Just as an aside – how is Sarah's wonderful gas line going to connect to American users – through Canada of course!!!! (if Canada permits it)! unless, of course, if Sarah's separtist friends are successful.

    October 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. margi

    Nobody gives a darn about Joe the non-licensed plumber.

    October 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Sher F.

    Joe's name is Sam and he's NOT a plumber. He's living with his parents, he is against Social Security of any kind, he owes back taxes and you KNOW he has worked under the table to fraud the system!

    The only one that cares about Sam's fantasy business that he wants... is his own parents that want the grown loser to move out of their home and quit sponging off of them! Come on Sammie Jo, let your parents have some peace in their golden years... as they PAID into Social Security and deserve to spend their hard earned money on themselves; not your big adult dumb head and the child you need to be supporting and having interests in a better future for!

    GROW UP AND GET TO WORK... And PLEASE try to get an EDUCATION! It's never too late to learn!

    October 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Pat Power

    I'm a registed Republican Voter BUT what a sleaze bag our party has put up for the highest and, (hopefully), most honorable office in the land. First. our candidate, offers a VP who barely qualfies for dog catcher and she was nominated by an aqpparrent loser who will try any lie to sneak into an office. He has roundly disqualified himself for office, shown a distinct lack of judgement and leadership, and is wallowing in lies and deception. I hope they both get blown out of the saddle and the RNC gets a hold of itself and stops serving the "self serving" right wing idiots that will bring our party to its deserved end!

    I have never voted Democrat before, but the shame thr RNC and McBush campaighn have created in this election leave me no other choice! I urge those republicans among, us who still have a conscience, to send a signal to our bretheren that this IS NOT ACCEPTIBLE!

    October 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. John

    I do not believe to see something like this in Great Country Like United States Of America.

    What is happening in The Rep. party?

    Or In the United States

    What is wrong with you

    This great country has to be turn in to something else by a woman who happen to be pick up by mistake.

    Did 911 Make rep. Party hopeless for good or what

    October 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Sara


    October 18, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Shyrose , Canada

    McCain/Palin supporters

    When you leave comments on here, Please show us that you have a better IQ level than the two idiots. When you say Sarah Palin will make a great VP think before you say it. Use your intellect if you have any. If you had any sense at all you would first look at their background and qualifications. Palin has a degree in Journalism, You are going to hire a journalist with an IQ of an 8 yr old if that to run the most important office in the world. ( In that case the journalists from CNN will do a better job than her) Instead of watching short clips of speeches that are highlighted by the media go and read the actual speeches made at the rally and one in particular Obama made in ST. LOUIS, Missouri. then compare it with the idiots and you will be able to see the difference in the intelligence level. Sometimes it pays to think!!! Sometimes you don't have to support a party blindly, you have to go with the person that makes sense and does not use stupid tactics to get elected. M/P must think of you voters as pretty stupid to bring up Joe the unlicenced Plumber who barely makes $40,000 and has not paid any taxes AND is looking to buy a business in the future which will make him more than $250,000 a year in net income. Think! how real is this???This was a whole set up for the republicans to excite you and it worked. Shame on you people who can't use your God given intellect.

    October 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Do Repulicans Even Read This?

    I'm an independant voter. Yes, she's your average person. Biting back at everything said to her... just like evey single other person on this blog. And whats ith CNN? I bet there are thousands of people bloggin right now to defend the Republicans, but every blog on this site is for Democrats... Honestly I doubt even this blog will be posted. but I just think that it is a valid point. When you only hear one side of a debate, you miss half the truth.

    October 18, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Essay

    October 18th, 2008 4:57 pm ET
    "the one’s who don’t pay income tax get a rebate check for doing so." NEWSFLASH: You can't get a tax rebate or credit if you don't actually PAY taxes. To state that people who don't work are going to reap the benefits of taxing the wealthy is patently false. Here's some advice, before you start blindly quoting statistics, do the research and find out if the information you so fervently believe is actually credible.

    October 19, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Essay

    To: ChicoSez
    October 18th, 2008 5:12 pm ET "If someone dares disagree with the great Obama, that person should be destroyed. How these Obama supporters can write such hatefilled messages and then claim to be on the high road shows a lack of selfawareness that borders on delusional."- It's obvious you haven't HEARD, WATCHED, and READ the vitriolic statements routinely espoused by McCain/Palin supporters. How many shouts of "terrorist" and "kill him" have you heard at Obama rallies? Before you counter with 'McCain dismissed such taunts' I say, Balderdash! He has "corrected" such taunts TWICE in the face of HUNDREDS of hatefilled comments. Don't be a hypocrite. McCain's camp started this trend of nastiness. Now that it has proven ineffective and even detrimental to his campaign, his supporters take umbrage. My advice: Don't dish it out if you can't take it.

    October 19, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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