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. Jonathan

    Her ignorance is stupifying

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Melba

    Thats nice... especially coming from Sarah the Liar.

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. emily

    okay. now she's really trying too hard. before, it was kind of funny, maybe even a little cute (for the republicans, at least). but now, it's just pathetic and really annoying.

    i wish she'd just shut it already.

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Baze

    This ticket just doesn't get it. Most Americans are stressed out about the state of the country, and spread the wealth sounds like a good idea. Then again, I think Palin is a "liberal" double agent, so perhaps this is a good thing after all


    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Jaime

    The "nickname" calling and the "everyday Joe" presentations kid of smell like desperation.

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Not today!!!!

    This woman is absolutely incredible....Incredibly UNQUALIFIED!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Sara against Sarah

    Palin should just take herself and her stupid antics back to Alaska...where NOBODY WANTS TO LIVE!

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Matt

    I have some nicknames for Palin that I'd like to share, but you wouldn't print them CNN. Not that this is exactly what I'd call polite company...

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

    name-calling will NOT solve our problems. Go back to Saturday Night Live, Sarah!

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Ron

    Socialism: Taking money from one group and giving it to another group. Sort of what Palin did to the oil companies in Alaska when she took their profits and gave it out to the citizens of Alaska.

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Mike

    Wow, continuing to mislead with a chorus of First Name – Occupation type individuals. How inventive. Now we will get the Republicans claiming the Democrats are instigating vetting "Tito the Builder", what a party. How about the Republicans truly vet "Sarah the Governor"?

    The next two weeks can't go by fast enough.

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. TOM

    Really? Has it come to this? This is getting more and more child-like by the day. If you cant elequently express what you want to convey then get off the podium. I predict by this time next week they should be down to "NA-NA-NA NA-NA", what a sad campaign.

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. LET IT GO

    Who cares! McCain and Mrs Barbie is still going to lose.

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. Minneapolis Mikey

    Shouldn't it be "Barrack the Wealth Spreader" if you are following your own ticket's talking points (which you clearly are, instead of adding to the political discourse). If you are going to be a divisive political hack, at least have the decency to be consistent.

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. Bitter in Texas

    Oh.......Pleazzzzzzzzzzze, can we get the election overwith. I'm so tired of the Rethuglicans and all their attacks....but, what else do they have, No Plan, Same Old Things as the last 8 years, tax breaks for the RICH, and it goes on and on. Enough already!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. ok

    CNN, this is very dump of you to report this nonsense. McCain/Palin campaign is going into trash for anything, be it recycle cans, or waste food but non of these works for them. We are tired of this, and the polls reflect this. Please NOV 4, why are you not here yet so these idiots will go away?

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. TD

    Rose the teacher makes more than $250,000?

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. Matt

    "In the house"???? I think the rap skit from SNL has gone to her head.

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. ez

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Why are so many Registered Republicans like me "voted" Obama/Biden 08?

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. AnaHadWolves

    Inane! Insulting! Immaterial! The paucity of ideas and dearth of coherence from Ms. Moose Queen of 1984 and her running mate bespeak a campaign at the end of its very short rope.

    When their campaign come to a merciful end, I hope the Republican party will insult us no more with two such unprepared clowns in the future.


    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Brain in DC

    Will they stop exploiting ordinary workers to use them as props in their campaigns? The McCain website now is soliciting self-made videos from anybody aspiring to be "Joe the .....". Are these and negative adds, labeling, and incorrect info all the McCain campaign can come up with?

    Running out of ideas and out of time. Or out of touch?

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. Jeannie

    She has no respect for him or for herself cause if you can't respect yourself how can you respect others.

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Andrea

    A comment coming from Sarah the hypocrite!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. high information voter


    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. KG, Twin Cities

    KG the cube dweller would like the tax relief Senator Obama proposes. KG the cube dweller would like Gov. Palin to just pipe down.

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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