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. Amy

    Because we know calling names shows you're ready for the 2nd most powerful job in the world – NOT!!

    Sarah, grow up and show some maturity...please.

    October 21, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. Katherine

    Hm...someone needs to tell her she's not as clever as she thinks she is.

    October 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. Accountant Guy

    That is hilarious that Eskimo Barbie is trying to trash talk. Why don't you talk about how you were found guilty of abusing your power and being unethical. We don't want you here, so just pack it up and go back to Alaska, and drop McBush back in Arizona on your way out!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Jen, Gainesville

    The McCain campaign is exploiting the intelligence of some American voters by labelling the opponent to prevent them from thinking using their own heads. Traditional politics. How sad!

    October 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Rob

    Doesn't matter because on Nov 5 – Obama can her Sarah the Loser.

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

    I AM SO TIRED OF SARAH PALIN AND HER ATTENTION-GRABBING ANTICS. She's not running for vice-president, she's running a grown-up version of a middle school popularity contest where she resorts to telling lies and falsehoods, pointing fingers, and disrespectful namecalling (just like a middle school student would) instead of being constructive and extolling her running mate's virtues and plans. Oh wait, that's because John McCain doesn't have anything good to say. He wouldn't know how to fix the economy with two hands and a calculator. Send the beauty queen home!

    October 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. John in Ohio

    Two questions.

    Is she retarded?

    Does she think we are retarded?

    October 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Jim from Middletown, CT

    Obama won't be spending my wealth, since I haven't been able to accumulate any in the last eight years. He may spend your wealth, Sarah, and he certainly will be spending Johnny's and Cindy's. Two more weeks and you can recede into history, finally.

    October 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. James

    Palin the half-baked moron.

    October 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Never let them see you sweat....



    Just asking.

    October 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Paula in the middle of the country

    I am a little tired of "Sarah the spinner" how about some plain honest straight talk, instead of all the cutsie small titles. Hmmm, could it be that Sarah can't talk about the real issues. Could it be that Sarah just can't spin the issues of "Senator McCain the millionaire".

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

    Please stop covering Sarah Palin until she decides to do a press conference.

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

    How are "Rose the Teacher's" dreams going to be dashed by a tax cut–unless she teaches at a school that pays her more than $250,000 a year?

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

    Oooohhhh...she's os clever!

    October 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Another Democrat for McCain

    Good, I hope Palin doesn't stop there either!

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. NUTTO's

    when did Rose the Teacher, Phil the Bricklayer, Tito the construction worker and average Joe's everywhere start earning $250,000 or more a year?

    I really think American is drunk on stupid if THESE PEOPLE actually believe Obama is RAISING THEIR TAXES.

    of course, McCain is speaking ONLY to people making OVER $250,000 a year when he tells them Obama wants to take THEIR money and spread it around, but the majority of McCain's base DOESNT make that kind of money...so why do they think HE is TALKING TO THEM???

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. likklebit

    i honestly cannot stand this dumb lady! i really cant!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. Elizabeth

    Please, no more. You just really need to stop, Palin.

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. Mike D

    You go Palin, those poor poor millionaires, how DARE barack try to tax them 3% more!!!! TAX CUTS FOR CEO'S ARE PRO-AMERICAN!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Lou from CT

    LIke Ritter said in "clear and Present Danger" –

    "You see – there you go again..."

    Once again, we have lies, distortion, "CREEP-like","Splatter theory", and "Swift Boat" tactics from the Republicans. They drag out the same tired rhetoric about Obama raising taxes (Hey Palin – why don't you surf to factcheck.org to see that statement is FALSE). The Republicans are good at one thing – making you afraid of the opposition. They can't/won't talk issues – they use slander. let's stop them in their tracks NOW.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Gtnaustin

    What a pathetic, deparate woman. Being THAT pathetic is such an unattractive quality. Can you imagine this woman running our goernement???

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Dee

    Wow..that is just as funny as when she was on SNL....NOT!

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. CJW

    Only low-information republican voters fall for this lie.


    How can they not understand that Obama offers them THREE TIMES the tax cuts that McCain offers??????

    It's really not complicated.

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  24. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Sarah the "Power Abuser" has no right to call anyone anything. This woman has done more in 7 weeks to divide this country than anyone ever in my lifetime. She needs to go back to Alaska with her AIP-loving husband and leave us alone.

    She's not fit to lead the 600,000 Alaskans, and definitely NOT the 300 million AMERICANS. We need unity, not negative division.

    October 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  25. R-Howard

    Talk about the POt calling the Kettle Black, this from someone that execpted over a Billion dollers in earmarks for her state in the first 20 months in office.She has even spent millions,tens of millions on roads that will never be used. How is this fiscal responsability? She is a liar and very much on the ledge in regards to starting a race riot or many race riots with here Hateful, Racist pandering. In the truest sense of the word she is a danger to America !

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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