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. foreigner in the US

    How childish!!!!! Anyway I have one. Palin the clueless. Anyone with another?

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Chris

    This is SO stupid. I'm Chris the Obama Voter.

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Glenn in California

    Is it just me, or does this annoying woman become more grating every day? She's unqualified and was just a gimmick for McLame to win the election at any cost.

    I just hope the American public gives her what she deserves and sends her back to Wasilla on November 4th.

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Paul W

    Are you kidding? To all the "Joe the ..." out there. IF you watched the debates did you remember once Senator McCain speaking directly to you about what he was going to do for you? No, Senator Obama brought up the fact that he is giving more money back to the wealthiest americans and he never refuted that either. So lets continue with give the rich more money to play with and maybe one day you will see a piece fall from the sky on you. Senator Obama is giving you real relief right now.

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. TKW- New Mexico

    Who cares what this broad says? She is not so bright anyway and she lies all the time. Can she go back to Alaska early?

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Who's Complaining

    I wonder how effective all these names (e.g. Joe the Plumber, Tito the Builider, etc.) are for the McCain/Palin ticket? My guess, and I may be wrong, but most bricklayers, teachers, and plumbers will not be impacted by BO's tax proposal. That said, I don't understand McCain and Palin's strategy.

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. John in Ohio

    They attack the media for attacking Joe The Plumber Who Is Neither Joe Nor A Plumber, but they are careful not to mention the unpaid back taxes and the lack of an actual plumbing license.

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Ben

    Rose the Teacher? What teacher gets paid over $250,000 a year? And wasn't Joe the Plumber lying? I'm not saying the tax plan won't effect certain people...but seriously my wife and I live off of less than $30k a year and we're doing fine, I don't have much pity for someone making $250k a year getting taxed a bit more...

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    You've got to be kidding.

    Just two more weeks ... Just two more weeks ...

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Jim in Bisbee

    Obama isn't going after Joe the Plumber. I think it's only natural for the media, seeing a new and controversial face, to find out what they can – good and bad – about him. I see nothing cynical or evil in what they are doing.

    The McCain/Palin campaign is digging their own grave, and Palin is in the process of destroying her political future.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. TAMARA

    Palin is pathetic Dear God, I cannot wait until this election is over, so we finally do not have to hear anything more about Palin. Palin is the worst thing to ever happen to our great country in a VERY LONG time! McCain will regret choosing Palin to his dying day.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Juan de la Revolucion

    Ignore the truth and it will go away. Are people actually stupid enough to believe this stuff?!

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Mickie in PA

    And that's the problem – McCain/Palin only have one agenda – sling the dirt and see how much of it sticks. Neither McCain or Palin ever give any details of his "plans to move forward". He doesn't both to tell "Joe the unPlumber" that McCain's plan to buy up mortgages will be financed by all the taxpayers and the banks will escape free and clear and the taxpayers will not get any return on the buyout. What a plan - less taxes for big corporations and more taxes for the little people. Platitudes are all Palin can remember for more than 5 minutes.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Jessica in Florida

    Yeah, if you show me a "Rose the Teacher" who makes over $250,000 a year you will be showing me an ivy league college dean or president. And "Phil the Bricklayer?" Phil would not be a bricklayer if he makes over $250,000 a year. He would be the owner of a company that likely operates throughout a state.

    I think it is ridiculous that the whole "Joe the Plumber" thing is now a way to say Obama is not supporting small business or people who are just trying to a living. Now, I am on my way to getting my degree in education and you want to know how much I will make after 35 years of teaching? Roughly $55,000 a year. Now how believable does "Rose the Teacher" sound?

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. Dave

    Has there ever been a more polarizing speaker on the stump? It's what she's been asked to do, and she does it well, but she plays deep in the trenches.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. Jeff

    Palin cracks me up! She sits around all day coming up with nicknames and shooting moose, while our economy goes down the toilet, we spend $10 billion monthly in Iraq and continue to see our debt grow and grow and grow. She does not apparently have the ability to come up with any solutions. She just attacks. And speaking of Wealth Spender, what the hell does she think the Republicans have been doing for the past eight freaking years??? She is absolutely clueless and the biggest dunce on Earth, or at least she runs a very close second to "W". I am looking forward to this idiot to be flushed down the toilet by the American people on 11/4, along with her washed-up running mate.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    We are all to the point that we REALLY do not care what she has to say. She is only trying to solidify her base. I think MOST, after this incredibily LONG election cycle, have made up their minds and want to get on to Nov. the 4th........the sooner the better !!!

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Michelle, PA

    I thought just a few days ago Palin was begging her speech writers to "allow" her to stop talking about Joe the Plumber? What a puppet.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Ron

    November 5th we will calling them Sarah the Governor, McCain the Senator and Barack the President.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. John in IL

    Does anyone remember just a few days ago when Sarah Palin said she was sick of hearing about Joe the Plumber and how she hoped she wouldn't have to discuss him during the campaign. She sure changed her mind, didn't she?

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. Karen, Arkansas

    Failin....the only thing we are interested in hearing you say is Bye Bye to the lower 48.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. dEMOBRAT

    Can't wait to vote today!

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Mitch from Des Moines

    Sarah the Hate Mongering Liar is not getting my support.

    Does Rose the teacher have a chance to make 250K teaching? Is she trying to start a teaching business?

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Janine D.

    Palin, are you 10 years old that you have to resort to name calling? Grow up!

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. allen

    DUH! This dim wit shouldnot be allowed to mow the white house lawn.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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