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. lovespaper

    Why doesn't someone just shut that piehole of Sarah Palin's? She is an utter disgrace, not only to women but to all humanity.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Simon

    Too bad none of those people will earn over $250k a year. That's reality and they will actually benefit from his tax plan.
    If a Plumber or Teacher or Brick Layer makes over $250k clear after taxes, i want those jobs. Good luck i say. Won't happen.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Rache from Bowie

    Like the "plumber" tito is probably the guy who has to sweep up the construction sight at the end of the day. "The builder" –right!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Anne

    Just what we need at this time in the country, a way to divide the citizenry even further. Apparently, just dividing us between Republicans and Democrats wasn't enough now we want to divide us by career choice. We need someone to try to unite this country and at this time the neo-conservative Republicans are not the ones to do it.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. George w. McCain

    Maybe she should be known as "Palin the useless". Maybe she should be developing an actual campaign based on a factors that are useful to the people of this country. What a waste of time the whole McCain campaign has been.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Jordan in SC

    Seriously?! And I thought she was going to mention Bob the Builder....

    If she is going to nickname Obama "Barack the Wealth Spender," I'm going to nickname her "Sarah the Executive Power Abuser." Maybe she should spend a little less time coming up with pet nicknames and a little more time figuring out what's she's going to do back in Alaska once Obama/Biden hand her her rear end here in a few weeks.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. Texas Trail Dog!

    Here is the more experienced woman telling you about OBAMA. Shes not only is more experienced she far prettier than any woman of the candidates or in congress. She is a wIse choice. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU FELLOW AMERICANS. DOES IT NOT SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF YOU BY YOUR VOTING A MAN OF OBMAMA'S BACKGROUND INTO THE OVAL OFFICE WITH THE COMPLETE CONTROL OF CONGRESS. WE WILL NOT BE DEMOCRATIC ANYMORE, SOCIALISM OUT THE WINDOW. CALL THIS A DICTATORSHIP.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. KS

    Yeah, teachers and bricklayers ALWAYS make over $250k. There is no way they can survive Obama's plan. Does Palin ever listen to herself?

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

    Sarah the Beauty Queen and McCain the "get your bike off my lawn" Yeller, along with their best buds for life Dick Cheney the Criminal and GW the Buffoon have run this country aground. So, when their convenient exploitation of Joe the Plumber went awry after mentioning him 22 times in the debate, and it turned out he is not, in fact, Joe the Plumber but Joe the Plumbing Company owner who is unlicensed, they can't handle the truth; this, of course, is not surprising since they are the same Republican party that saw mirages of WMD's in Iraq and the benefit of allowing greedy wall street to go unregulated.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Joel, Norcross GA

    You can call him all names you want that ain't gonna change nothing. 2 weeks from today it will be President OBAMA!!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Ron

    Mr McCain

    Please tell us about your plans for our failing economy. Please share your thoughts on world peace and helping the millions of hungry people in this world. How about a plan for seniors who can not afford health care when medicare fails to pay enough.

    The mud slinging is sickening. In a time when people are losing their life savings and their homes, all you want to talk about is some guy who can't even pay his taxes to the American Government. In my eyes, Joe the plumber is a thief.

    I will be voting Obama to send a message that we need to talk about the issue NOT mud slinging.

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. TIRED OF MCCAIN AND PALIN

    How about we give Palin a name.. PALIN THE ABUSE OF POWER. This lady is quick to label people yet the media is DID NOT COVER THE STORY THE SAME AS THEY DO BARACK... I'm getting tired of CNN reporting these ridiculous stories..

    October 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. fat john

    All these little monikers that McCain and Palin are coming up with sound strangely familiar to me. They are like childrens books or something like that.
    The voting public are adults so stop treating us like kids.... geeeeez !!!

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. FundManager

    I have a new nickname for Palin too, probably can't say it on this blog though.

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Obamaniac!

    I bet she meant to say, Barack the Wealth Spreader.

    Tim the Teacher for Barack!

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Disappointed

    Wow can the media please EXPLAIN to these people that it is not 250K gross being taxed but only if your NET INCOME EARNED is 250K are you taxed.

    In a small business once you pay off other workers, expenses, and claim all tax credits most business owners will NOT earn 250K, even 100K is a lot.

    Misinforming voters is same as lying to them, McCain/Palin are spreading LIES and misinforming voters ON PURPOSE! That is not Country First.

    My cat's name is Tito so I thought this was a funny coincidence.

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. Larry

    I too own a business,and hope to accomplish my dreams,part of them is making a lot more than $250,000.00/year,this is America you know !!

    McCain/Palin 08

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. Jeff, OR

    I can't believe this. "Phil the bricklayer" and "Rose the teacher" are concerned about losing the American Dream because Obama plans to tax the wealthy fraction of people and businesses who net >$250,000? Concerned, when they are most likely in a tax bracket where they will benefit from Obama's plan? It's unbelievable. Palin is targeting the kind of person who is their own worst enemy.

    I'd probably have said that anyone with the propensity to vote against their own self interests because they are distrustful of government or change, deserves what they get. Of course, that's before realizing that I am forced to be in the same bucket, with 8 years of Bush doctrines subtracting from my own American Dream as proof.

    So PLEASE, people, don't be fooled again. Oppose the lies and do your own due diligence. You will find that Obama's tax plan, economic recovery plan, health care plan, education plan, energy plan, and foreign policies will all benefit you and this country in the end! Please, for your own good and everyone else's, look at the FACTs – and don't believe everything you hear, just because Sarah Palin says it!

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Robert

    Keep the attacks up. The more you do, the more battlegrounds Obama wins.

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Matt

    Good grief.

    Just when I thought Palin couldn't get any more contrived, she surprises me yet again.

    November 5th can't get here soon enough.

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Kate

    How about Sarah the Hypocrite, or Sarah the Spender of Ill-gotten Taxpayer Money?...who takes per diem payments from Alaskans to stay in her very own home? I cannot imagine a more blatant waste of taxpayers' money.

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Subliminally

    *shakes head* She really is clueless. Apparently, they have an 8th grader handling her campaign.

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. John Smith III

    You have got to be kidding me???? Anything she says should be placed in the ENTERTAINMENT topics.

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Greg in Mpls

    You're republican heros folks! Name callers and hate spreaders all of them!

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Jim Reynolds

    If Rose, the teacher, makes more than $250,000/year, I want to teach at her school. I can speak for 99% of all teachers and professors and say that the Obama plan is much better for us. If Sarah and McSame want to go after that 1% who will benefit from their plan, that's their choice but they should do the math...

    Obama '08

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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