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. Palmdale Steve

    Doesn't exactly flow off the tongue, does it???

    The Wealth Spender would be someone named W; the wealth being the SURPLUS he was handed at the beginning of his term.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Connie

    My prayers and thoughts are with Senator Obama and his grandmother. I am sure hoping that Tito the builder is paying his taxes unlike Joe the plumber, if not it will come out. To all those like myself and John McSenile on Social Security and Medicare , remember that is a socialist program.Maybe John McSenile should repay that over nineteen hundred in Social Security he gets every month.Geo. Bush has given the wealthy the largest tax breaks to reinvest , what did they invest in ? Jobs are getting fewer and fewer, the stock market fell and now the little guy is bailing out the wealthy again. GET A GRIP AMERICA ! VOTE EARLY, VOTE OBAMA.
    Connie from Indiana

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Phil in KC

    Stick your head up during an election cycle and the press is going to do some digging. "Joe the Plumber" was not smeared. They just did some checking and reported the truth. It's kind of like that old Harry Truman story. Someone once yelled at him "Give 'em hell, Harry!" To which he replied, "I just tell the truth and they think it's hell."

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Andy J, NY

    Tax and spend, baby.

    liberal mantra.

    how about Barney Frank saying that "deficit fears need to take a 2nd seat"

    The democrats want to spend more money and forget about the deficit.... Our deficit is our problem- WE SPENT MORE THAN WE MADE, HENCE THE HOUSING CRISIS AND CREDIT CRISIS.

    Our government is the ULTIMATE bubble. We have spent way more than we make, and we are in for trouble.

    But, hey, lets not worry about our debt and LETS KEEP SPENDING!!!!

    Thanks, Barney, Nancy, Obama, Reid and co.

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. hank

    The only thing the barracuda is talented to do is call names, divide, and spread dissent and hate. In two weeks she will be sent back to her happy hunting ground.

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. C.K.

    First of all she doesn't know the difference between take your daughter to work day, and take your husband to work, let him sit in on your meetings, give him his own phone line and access to your staff to carry out personal vendettas. Maybe she's easily confused.

    Unless Rose the Teacher and Phil the Bricklayer make over 250K their dreams will remain undashed under Obama.

    For someone who throws her Christianity in everyones face, do you think Palin realizes that God and Jesus probably aren't fans of people who perpetually lie?

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin is shouting into the wind. The GOP economic and culture talking points won't stick because Palin lacks crediblity and truthfulness. The message will be ignored because the messenger is not trustworthy.

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. D. Steinberg from Philly

    WOW – second grade called, it wants its stupid names back. With all this talk of good guys and bad guys and all the other words that come out of her mouth, if I didn't know any better I'd swear she was about nine years old.

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Debbie

    This is getting ridiculous. It's becoming like an episode of Sesame Street. Talk about appealing to America's lowest common denominator...

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Brenda Garland

    I am honestly getting tired of hearing about Joe the plumber, Joe the anything. We are all "JOE'S" of some sort, just ordinary people in a big Country. We don't need to be reminded every 3 seconds.

    The more I listen to Governor Palin the more I realize she is NOT ready to be a VP let alone a President. I think she needs to go back to Alaska and Govern for the Joe's there.

    No more name calling or labeling please! Just stick to the topics and give us details on what you will do to help the Country.

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Wow

    That is an incredibly clumsy dig... Why not call him, "Barack the guy that is a bad guy that I don't like"

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. legare

    Quick sends some reporters and ask her a question so she can be quiet.

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Triggidy

    Is it President-Elect? Because that's what she'll have to call him.

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Wes

    John McCain has brought a totally unqualified ding bat into his fold who says nothing constructive about anything because she cannot and she is nothing more than a crank with a microphone doing nothing but bashing Barack Obama for reasons and reasoning drawn out of thin air. What is the diversionary word of the week today, socialist?

    Can anyone on planet earth imagine this woman as President of the United States? We would become the laughing stock of the world!

    Absolutely not and even though many on the right are now stating the obvious, that Sarah Palin was a desperate and ridiculous choice for VP she still gets her voice in front of our televisions and it is nothing but dangerous the devisions she builds with her high schoolish, student council like ways.

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Rhoda

    Sarah, Sarah, get a life!! You can call him what you want.....what are we going to call you?

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Phil

    Is there a consistent message from the McCain camp? It seems that everyday they have a new thing. It looks like they are still trying to find their way. Are they making that thing as they go along? For now I really have a hard time figuring out their solutions to the issues that we are facing. To their credit I know all the names they have used for Obama and all the "Joe" they have tried. I suspect that the last one will be "sloppy Joe". I betcha.

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Chanda - Cincinnati

    I find her beyond laughable at this point! Every economic expert has stated that McCains plans for the country will add 5.1 trillion to the national deficit. More than Obama's plan. I also find it funny that she is spewing this garbage to small town America, or in her words, the "real" America. These are people whos farms are being lost, factories, are closing, adn Obama's plan would benefit the most. But they are stuck in the 60s, and can't the forest for the trees. Go to youtube and search McCain/Palin rallies in Ohio. The level of ignorance exiting the mouths of some of those people is frightening. If they are what Average Joe, Joe Sixpack, and Joe the Plumber represent, then god help us all if JOE gets in office!!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. A Senior Southern Lady - NC

    As a woman, I was excited about the thought of a woman vice president. However, Sarah Palin has been a terrible disappointment. She has little knowledge of the world, she is smart but not intelligent and her rallys have been nasty, mean-spirited and down right hateful.
    For the many competent women that McCain could have selected, she is an amazingly bad choice. She may appeal to the far-right wing of the party but not to many Democratic women and Independents. She has given the women's movement's goal of moving into the higher areas of government a terrible blow and the thought of such incompetence one heart-beat away from the presidency is too terrible to imagine. This senior Independent's vote goes to Obama/Biden.

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. greg in DC

    Vote for Tina Fey before voting for this moron... Tito the Builder? Sounds a bit like Bob the Builder to me... Too much Pre-K TV for this nut! Lock her up for her own good!

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. Mike Basile

    Is this all this Ms. Palin has to offer. I am growing tired of her ridiculous monikers and can't beleive she thinks that the voters of this country are buying into this. She has become a washed up comedian with only one joke to cling to.

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Not today!!!!

    Was Joe Liebermans endorsement for McCain, a vote for his own (white guy)? I was not a supporter of Obama in the beginning, but like Gen. Powell, I have seen to much divisiveness in the republicans and not enough action...I am now a strong supporter of Sen. Obama, thanks to Rush, Sean, Bill O, Gov. Palin, conservative right winged talk show host that spew hate.

    Obama '08

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Mark

    The woman doesn't have 2 functioning brain cells in her head, and she has the nerve to call other people names?

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. political guy

    ridiculous nonsense. Teachers & bricklayers don't make nearly enough to have their taxes increased with Obama's plan. Just more lies and distortion from McCain/Palin. Now they're using regular folks as pawns for their nonsense. A new low? Election day can't come soon enough.

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. some guy in New Hampshire

    Now that the McCain campaign has found yet another way to ridicule the progressive tax system used in the US for the past century, I can finally begin to feel the economy recovering. What a pleasure to see candidates talking about things that really matter.

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. Shawn

    My goodness! Talk about throwing EVERYTHING against the wall! Hopefully after November 5th (if everyone doesn't get cocky) we can call her Palin the Forgotten.

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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