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. Gary

    Joe the Plumber, Tito the Builder, Sarah the HasBeen, 2 more weeks
    and she can go back to Alaska. I see they're starting an investigation for witness tampering in the Troopergate case.
    This woman is so pathetic. She just keeps spewing her lies.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. John in Ohio

    Bob the Builder says:
    "8 years of trickle-down Bush economic policies mean nobody is paying me to build new buildings and now I'm out of work! Can we fix it? YES WE CAN! Vote Obama!"

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Tim in NC

    That funny...

    Caaase I seem to recall YOUR running mate "spending the wealth" when he signed that $700 billion dollar bail out bill...

    Whats the difference between Sarah Palin and brainless hypocrit... nothing!

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

    So is this how they are going to portay all americans if they get elected.

    By giving them a label and generalizing them?

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Jim D

    Here's a new nickname for Palin:

    "Washed up Caribou Barbie, whose national political aspirations come to an end, for good, in 2 weeks."

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Shane from LB

    Not surprised McCain/Palin continues name calling instead of articulating plans for the economy. Oh-wait, it's hard to articulate a plan that doesn't exist!

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. Garrison, Tukwila, WA

    oh well. everyone has been downsizing anyway, so I suppose if you are one of the lucky few who make 250,000 or more, simply adjust! it might hurt a little, but I hope you understand that the state of the union does not revolve around you and only you.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Alex

    Uhhhhhhhhh...... what? Is this lady serious? This campaign has been utterly surreal. I keep thinking I'm going to wake up back in September and McCain will pick Romney or Pawlenty or even Leiberman. This woman is a joke.

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

    this woman is running on empty. I feel bad for her.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. worriedmom

    Is Barrack gonna whine about that also??? Seems he can dish it out but you better not say anything back to hurt his feelings or you will be investigated and smeared by his thugs! By the way, I am finally glad that CNN decided to air about VP candidate Joe Biden warning Americans that if Obama is elected within 6 months we will be tested with international crisis!! Geez just what we want to hear that we will be in danger because the other countries know we will have a weak President and to state that the decisions Obama will make will not be a popular one . Guess all you LIberals and Demo's better be prepared to be disappointed. Seems Biden is trying to tell you guys something! I sure got the point!! CNN why take so long to inform your audience of this seriousness!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Beth

    How about Sarah the Wealth Spender? We all seem to forget the juicy checks that every resident of Alaska get because of windfall oil profits... oh wait, that's not spreading the wealth, that's not socialism. And how about her husband, the former member of the Alaska Independence Party. He must be a real American, according to her.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Jon

    Obama would lower taxes for Joe and Tito. McCain would do nothing for Joe and Tito. It's to their own detriment if they don't realize that.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Kelly

    Since when have we started making the average guy off the street a national hero just to get elected? Americans are obsessed with this american idol craze, starting with Gov. Palin.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. Colin

    Is she serious? Sometimes I wonder if she is actually cognizant .

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. ABSOLUTELY NO OBUMMER!!!

    Small business owner who is against wealth redistribution as promoted by Obummer! It is UN American. You wouldn't agree either if you worked hard to get to this place and is was taken in order for someone else who didn't earn as much or work as hard to have more. It's WRONG!!!! And you people know it. You are looking for a HANDOUT!

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. independent4obama

    Can you dumb it down a little more Sarah?

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. McWho??

    This lady is downright ridiculous. This campaign is down right ridiculous. With talking points like these their target demographic must be mentally numb? How is Obama to be blamed for Joe the plumber debacle. McCain was the one who saw it fit to invoke him for his own political advantage turned out contrary to his initial intent.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. MidWest Mom

    This woman makes me sick, I can't wait until November 4th. You would think someone with the nickname Sarah"baracuda" would back away from the nickname game.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. BA

    Name calling is no substitute for content. I haven't heard anything of value from the Republicans. They have been really good at mudslinging.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Candy West Virginia

    I think I'll take Barack's distribution of wealth whatever she or they want to call it over mccain's distribution to the wealthy like the last eight years which did nothing for me or this country except bankrupt us and get us into more debt. Call it want you want sarah, lie about all you desire, but I'll take it.

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Wow! The Republicans are now mad because the Obama's able to outspend them. Kinda ironic when you consider the spending advantage the Republicans have 'enjoyed' for decades.

    Seriously.......I'm so tired of these clowns!!!

    That One/Biden 2008

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

    Is there no end to the moronic comments from Sarah the Stupid?

    October 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. James Brisco

    Looks to me like we have another Paris Hilton commercial coming up, only this time it's about Palin.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    Here you go again Sarah with the attacks. Dont you realize how Americans are getting tired of yours and Johns negative adds and speeches. If you guys are hurting so bad why dont you get Cindy out on the trail campaiging for you.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Nov 4th

    And I got a new name for you Sarah: 'Sarah the Disaster'

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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