October 21st, 2008
10:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin dubs Obama: 'Barack the Wealth Spender'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/19/art.palin.ap.jpg caption="Palin has a new nickname for Obama."]GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (CNN) - Taking “Joe the plumber” wordplay to an unprecedented new level, Sarah Palin on Monday dubbed Barack Obama “Barack the Wealth Spender” for his plan to offer tax credits to lower and middle-income wage earners.

Palin revealed the new moniker at an outdoor rally in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she also introduced a new working-class hero into the ever-expanding pantheon of “Joe the plumber”-types who oppose to Obama’s tax plan.

His name? Tito Munoz, christened by Palin as “Tito the builder.”

The McCain campaign discovered Munoz on Saturday at a rally in Woodbridge, Virginia, where the Colombian-born construction worker took on a group of reporters for digging into Joe Wurzelbacher’s background after the Toledo-based plumber questioned Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on workers making over $250,000 a year.

Munoz’s stand against the media was detailed by Byron York on the web site of the National Review magazine, and Palin was eager to thrust the tale into the political spotlight.

“Tito is not pleased with how the Barack Obama campaign and some of the media friends there have been roughing up Joe the Plumber,” Palin said, after accusing the Obama campaign of “investigating” Wurzelbacher’s background.

“He has a question of his own, and Barack Obama is not going to like this one either. Tito wants to know, and I quote, he asked, ‘Why the heck are you going after Joe the Plumber? Joe the Plumber has an idea. He has a future. He wants to be something greater. He wants to be something else. Why is that so wrong?’”

“Tito explained that he’s an immigrant from Colombia and he also had this reminder for us,” Palin continued. “He says, quote, ‘Everything is possible in America. I made it.’”

Palin said Munoz isn’t the only worker standing up against Obama - other taxpayers like “Phil the bricklayer” and “Rose the teacher” can expect to have their “dreams dashed by the Obama tax increase.”

“So tell me,” Palin asked. “Do we have any Joe the Plumbers in the house? So all these Joe the plumbers in the house, it doesn’t sound like you are supporting Barack the Wealth Spender in this elections.”

After a subsequent chorus of boos died down, Palin transitioned back into her normal stump speech, touting her record of reform as a tax-cutter in Alaska.

soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Andy J, NY

    Oh, but Palin is such a hate monger!

    How dare you bring the message of not penalizing success and the POSITIVE message, as Tito put it "Anything is possible in America."

    But somehow telling people the "bar is set to high, and when you get close to it, 'they' (whoever 'they' are) move it." You need Obama in order to make it, according to the liberals.

    Funny, i thought all you needed was hard work and some more hard work, and then maybe a little bit of hard work. Seems to have panned out A. O. K for Obama, no?

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Tony, Indianapolis IN

    republican voters who buy this garbage are too stupid for words

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. emtp JB

    How about....Barack Obama, the next President of the United States??? HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT ONE, SARAH???

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Fritz

    Palin is the "the Lie Spreader".
    McCain is the "Wealth Consolidator".
    Bush is the "Wealth Destroyer".
    Obama is the "Wealth and Prosperity Spreader".

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. MSU Dem

    I thought we were already ignoring this woman. She's clearly irrelevant, and I'm tired of her dead, blank stare and her shrill voice.

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Dallas, TX

    Exactly, Obama wants to "spread the wealth" around; that means he wants individual who work hard and PAY taxes to pay MORE TAXES to give "tax credits" to those who don't pay taxes. 40% of people don't pay taxes already, so where did they get 95%?!?!

    Some may not want to call this welfare or socialism, but let's not kid ourselves, just call it what it is: TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT!!


    McCain/Palin 2008!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. MB

    There is nothing wrong with wanting something greater, nor with having a future. But to expect that you can say anything you want, at any time, and not face questions in return – to me that seems odd. It is quite like saying that you want to tell Katie Couric why you are great, but you will be upset if she asks any questions you aren't expecting.

    If you put yourself in the spotlight, expect an inquisitive audience.

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Valarie in Ohio

    She can sit on a snow mobile and rotate for a while. No Way No How No Chance No McPalin

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. JohnLee

    Does she not respect anyone that doesn't believe as she does? I can't stand people like her. Let her go preach in a Rush Limbaugh right wing nutcase church but stay out of the public conversation that requires a brain!

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Dave

    How about a new nickname for Palin: Loser. The whole plumber gimmick is so tired, and it's pathetic that McCain/Palin base their campaign on it. Palin is no more than a joke, a punchline. Her only accomplishment since the GOP convention, besides giving the far right religious republican right something to get excited about, is to lift the ratings of Saturday Night Live. There is nothing – NOTHING – scarier than even the remote possibility of Palin in or near the White House. She is essentially Bush in a dress.

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. Kay Rich

    Enough of the monikers, we're dealing with adults here! For crying out loud we could all Palin....Sarah the Power Abuser.

    Let talk about the real issues!

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Tanja

    Taking a cue from Palin: How about Palin the liar? Palin the hatemonger? Palin the panderer? Palin the pathetic?

    Go Barack the New Leader!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. Tenisha

    The McCain-Palin ticket doesn't know how to tell the truth. John McCain brought up Joe the Plumber and brought him into the debate. McCain kept making reference to this man, not Obama. So if these people should be mad at anyone it should be the Republican ticket. I am sorry that the plumbers, teachers, factory workers, policemen, etc. do not make $250,000 because thats whom will see in the increase in taxes. All these "mad" people aren't making close to that so what are they mad for???

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. HelloKitty08

    god, please go back to alaska, for the sake of everyone. and take Joe the Plumber back with ya!

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. No welfare with my money

    Obama wants to give my money to people who don't want to work, who spend all day getting high, and want to live off welfare, I don't like this at all.

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. J.S.

    "Spread the wealth" is a big concern BUT how about his own VP nominee Biden's remark that Obama would be tested by the international countries after about 6 months if he's elected-that's spooky. He has no experience in security and homeland defense.

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Stupid is what stupit does, Sen McCain should a muzzle on PALIN lips. I think she is in her own world now Sen McCain has no control of what PALIN say or do now, unless McCain know. Go Obama/Biden

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Bubba the Plumber

    "Caribou Barbie" stands proud as a stunning example of McCain's failing judgment. "Joe the Plumber" makes a great example of the GOP's pursuit of entitlements for the rich.

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. Chris from WI

    Rose the teacher is going to be Rose the unemployed cat food and soap opera enthusiast if McCain/Palin get elected, sooo there's that.

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. avni

    I have a nick name for you my friend - Sarah – The dictator

    i betchya CNN is not going to post this!!

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. Darlis

    Palin the Bimbo – is further discrediting herself. And I didn't think that was possible.

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Chris, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    Here's my question for Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin...If Sen. Obama is leading the country to socialism, are the Republicans leading the country to fasism? The Republicans just keep moving more and more to the right, which leads to the inevitable fasist platform. Choose your words wisely McCain/Palin....

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Ian

    Last time I checked it was John McCain and Obama who voted for a $850 billion bailout for bankers. Talk about redistribution of wealth.

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Linda

    Barack the wealth spender?
    That's the best shot she could take? It doesn't scan, it doesn't have any kind of rhythm, if just lays there with a dull clunk. Palin is a national joke. Palin, honey, your not cute and your stupid is showing.

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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