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. John

    Perhaps Palin should focus more on relevant issues and less on coming up with nicknames and finding new GOP 'pets'. Joe/Sam the plumber is a fraud. Tito is a nobody. Then again, Palin's only talent thus far has been to come up with cutesy names. Sounds more like a Miss Alaska pageant and less a presidential campaign.

    Mike the hard working American (fake America I guess according to Palin) has spoken.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Jorge

    Haven't working people figured out yet that under Republican regimes the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. That's not the kind of redistribution of the wealth we need.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. johnrj08

    This is coming from the governor of a state with less than 700,000 residents (one tenth the size of Los Angeles), and no state income tax, which mostly required her just to "distribute the wealth" earned by the oil companies. Between all that and her huge earmarks from the federal government, she comes from a state that is more socialistic than any other, yet she has the gall to call Obama a socialist.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. J. Banks

    Can Palin add anything besides attacks on Obama? That's all she's really good for right now.

    Those little zingers won't do anything to make her an effective VP and at times I think it's her way to cover her faults–putting the spotlight on the opponent as opposed to actually talking about her qualifications. I'm growing a little weary of all the negativity.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. michael

    isnt it cute these pet names the republican machine uses to try and smokescreen us instead of dealing with the real problems. if i were one of these people i would be insulted and feel used. it doesnt matter they have already lost. thank god.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Kate - Minneapolis

    "“Barack the Wealth Spender” for his plan to offer tax credits to lower and middle-income wage earners."
    Wait, so giving tax credits is a bad thing? Sorry lady but I think most of us are getting a little tired of waiting for the wealth to "trickle down".
    I think the most interesting thing about "Joe the Plumber" and, now, this builder guy is that they would _actually_ do better under Obama than under McCain but I guess they would prefer that the rich keep getting richer.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Iron Lady

    Yeah, because giving tax breaks for the wealthiest people in the country is obviously the most patriotic thing to do..

    There are more unwealthy people than wealthy people in this country, and our nation was founded upon that.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. etl

    Are we in 5th grade here? Please, tell us what you are going to do and how you will be a better VP. I am so tired of the name calling!

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Rick S

    this lady is delusional

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Tom

    LMAO...hypocrite...her record as governor clearly shows she can be quite the wealth spender too.

    October 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Ken in Dallas

    Palin should know all about socialism, since she used a 25% windfall profits tax in Alaska to buy votes. Palin has actually practiced the most corruptive form of socialism.

    If a progressive tax structure amounts to socialism, then we are a socialist nation, and we may as well admit it, but nobody with any sense seems to think so.

    Conclusion: Palin is not a sensible person.

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. AKH

    I hope Tito the Builder was vetted better than Joe and Sarah. Then again, reality doesn't much matter to the Republican base.

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. M.H.

    I still keep the standard nickname for Palin: Major Moron. I'm so ready to never hear from this woman again.

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Xavier, Saunt Louis, Missouri

    Clueless Airhead Palin is at it again huh? Man, November 4th can't get her soon enough. I am so sick of this clown. Please GOP, come get your mutt with lipstick and take her back home!

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Jennifer

    what an Illiterate you are Palin. You have zero home training. You open your mouth and spit out venom when you talk lol. u sound so air headed. It must hurt you to see your fingers slipping away from the white house. You call obama a wealth spender? maybe you should read his bio and see how he has lived his life. how he lived a life without the laid out opportunities most white men and women had in america in the 60s. Maybe you can see how it is not easy to be where he is now and see that he does love this country more than u can imagine. It's people like yo that divide this great country of ours. Your husband is a sessionist and believes ALASKA isn't part of america. how Patriotic is that? Your own husband Sarah Palin. you should talk to him first about patriotism. Obama is a bright young man that has a vision to the future. If you insult obama..you are insulting america's Intelligence and tarnishing people's dreams in this country. If only bobby kennedy is alive to see all this.We all love america. not like you and your crowd that keeps dividing america into pro and anti america. This is such a nonsense.

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. BT

    If ANY one of those who claim that Obama's plan will do them more harm than good – HAVE NOT read his plan. It's very simple, even for SIMPLETON'S to understand. Read Obama's – then read McCain's. The truth speaks for itself. Do not bash what you clearly do NOT understand.

    When John McCain brought joe the plumber to the forefront of America in last weeks debate – he himself, John McCain opened Joe to scrutiny. It was not Obama's fault that Joe is a liar. Joe did that all by himself. I DO NOT feel sorry for Joe even though he is a fellow Ohioan.

    And for all of you idiots that think that Obama has a new flag with an "O" in it – it is the GREAT state of Ohio's flag... as Forrest Gump's mother said "stupid is as stupid does".

    Run Obama Run! We need his common sense at a time like this.

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Dave

    This coming from Sarah the young earth creationist who thinks the earth is 6000 years old and that dinosaurs lived alongside humans.

    Will somebody send this snowtard back to Alaska, please?

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. Here is the Point

    As long as the were talking about a story about the story .... Tito commenting on the fraudulent "Joe-the-Plumber", McCain loses.

    John, what have you done for us lately?

    You'd better tell us why do you deserve to win ... not why does Obama deserve to lose.

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. doug

    JOe the plumber what a joke Joe is a fool who voted to give big tax breaks to the rich who make 5 to 6 times what he does. Joe vote for whats best for YOU NOW not 10 years from now.

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Please stop with Joe the Plumber

    It seems to me that Palin is only beating the dead horse. Joe the Plumber, just shouldn't matter, he isn't a licensed plumber, he owes over $1,000 in back taxes and yet he still is brought up by the McCain/Palin campaign why? This guy wouldn't have his taxes raised, because he hurts the rest of the people by not paying his. If people wonder why our taxes are so high, its because of the people who aren't doing their part putting an unfair burden on those people who do. This new "Tito the builder" whos dissapointed in the media has no right to be that way. The media has every right to look into the backgrounds of those who have been brought up on the campaign trail. Joe Wurzelbacher left himself open for this type of scrutiny, and he should've known not to do that when he had these pretty bad skeletons in his closet.

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

    When will the mcsame camp get the message that they screwed up by picking this idiot to be on their ticket. She only resonates with the right wing nuts of the gop and any one who used to think anything at all positive of mccane hates what he has turned into. She should take toad and go back to Alaska and get impeached.

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Jac

    This woman is atrocious. I cannot think of a better reason to vote for Obama/Biden then her. After Obama's landslide victory I can only hope that she fades back into the obscurity she came from.

    Unfortunately she'll probably end up as a radio neocons sidekick...

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. alvino

    For 8 years, we have watch Bush squander the wealth and well being of Americans. John McCain supported W at almost every juncture, including the socialist bailout. None of the people that Palin refers to would get a tax increase. McCain's program to give $5000 to people is a socialist program.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. Batonmommy

    Is this elementary school? Good golly, making up names for people ended for me in the second grade.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. Chuck

    Call Obama what you want, but who is head in the polls. You need to head home for some good "ole" moose hunting.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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