October 21st, 2008
10:00 AM ET
13 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. Nic Ledoux, Burlington VT

    Because heaven forbid wealthy individuals help out in this country. They wouldn't want their hands to get dirty now would they?

    October 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Turning the page

    Two words: Katie Couric!

    October 21, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. Edmund

    How about "Barack the Liar?" Suits him better. Obama lied abot his relationship with Ayers, and there is now indisputable proof. I'm surprised CNN, in al due "fairness and accuracy," isn't reporting it. Shame on you!

    October 21, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Concerned Citizen

    Huh!!!???????? Rose the teacher??????? Boy, I wish that teachers actually made over $200,000 per year, but guess what Palin, they DON'T. Therefore, Rose the teacher, Tito the construction worker, and all those other people Palin and McCain are exploiting for their campaign stand to GAIN under Obama and LOSE under McCain.

    Other than Sarah Palin, is there seriously one single American so ignorant and so blinded by his or her right-wing conservative ideology as to think that a McCain presidency would actually be better for working people than Obama?

    October 21, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. proud army and navy mom

    could Palin be any ridiculous and childish?

    This is the new leader of the Republican Party. Pitiful representative!

    October 21, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Viv

    Palin is a ninny.

    And the way these people are milking this Joe the Plumber is getting on my nerves. Seriously? Do the Republicans have ANY real talking points? Or do they just make stuff up based on what's in the news that week?

    October 21, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Bob Indianapolis IN

    “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.”

    Golly! You mean all The Joes who don't have a plumber's license, and owe back taxes? My First Dude would like to recruit you into our army of Seccessionists, the Alaskan Independence Party!

    Once we quit being American, we can share all the oil profits! You Betcha!

    October 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. james in s.c.

    i wish palin would shut about joe the plumber stuff, this whole thing is nothing but lies, apparently she is fed on with the telepromter and sound bites.

    y'all get out AND vote early!!!

    OBAMA -BIDEN 08

    October 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. Independent from CT

    "Tito the Builder", etc........I swear it's like Politics for Dummies or something. Very strange. You are truly a repugnant individual, Sarah. I pray for your soul.

    October 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. BJD

    Wow, she's so witty (or, more likely, her speech writers). Again, any actual ideas, Palin and company?

    Obama's campaign doesn't need to "investigate" "Joe the Plumber," that's already been done by the media. He's not a licensed plumber, he would be eligible for Obama's tax cut (he wanted to buy the company for $250K+, that's not his revenue), and he's behind on taxes. If the GOP wants a guy who doesn't pay his taxes and would benefit from Obama's tax cut to carry their campaign, more power to them. Yikes.

    October 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Jeez

    Give it up. You really have lost it.

    October 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. Common Sense

    Rose the teacher, Tito the builder, Joe the Plumber and Phil the bricklayer would all benefit under Barack's plan. Fact.

    October 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Turnabout is fair play

    Yeah, and we call you Sarah, the MILF spunker.. What an airheaded bimbo. Just T & ragged out A..

    October 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Katy

    Dear Sarah Palin,

    WE DON'T GOT NO WEALTH.

    Love,
    Katy

    October 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Jen B

    I agree, "Everything is possible in America", which is why we have an incompetent ignoramus running for VP on the Republican ticket.

    October 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. John B. From New Hampshire

    ok, so she says he is giving tax cuts to lower and middle income voters... then says they can't survive a tax increase? isn't this a bit of talking out of both sides of her mouth? Which is it miss "abuse of power" palin?

    October 21, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. ConsiderThis, FL

    "Sarah the JOKE"

    October 21, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Carlos

    After she spent and leaved IN DEBT he town of Wasilla in Alaska, using the people's money for a stadium, I really doubt she has any moral grounds to criticize Obama. She also redistributes the profits from oil in Alaska, talk about socialist... that woman has no shame !!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. andy

    does it matter that all of these people would receive more money under obama's tax plan than mccains? people are voting against their own interests because they're either too lazy or too stupid to understand the policies.

    October 21, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. Jared

    Just how dumb is she? Good grief... God Help America.

    October 21, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. scott

    Joe the Plumber, Tito the Builder, Barack the Wealth Spender...

    They all sound like action figures. Why wouldn't I want one?

    October 21, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. Blue By You

    I have a nickname for Palin. "Sarah the Dope"

    October 21, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  23. Mike

    Why do we even have to report what stupid things she says.... John must be so upset he can't even tell her to be quiet.... 2 more weeks and it will all be over.... thank god

    October 21, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  24. Team America

    The truth hurts.

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 21, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. TyWebb

    Obama should have a new slogan for Sarah – "You can't spell Sarah Palin without L I A R". November 4th can't get here soon enough!

    October 21, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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