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. lana

    So the fat cats will have to pay more tax – so what!? Palin is apparently too stupid to realize that she is making Obama's case for him. 95% of workers will benefit from Obama and those rich Wall Streeters who love the GOP so much are the only ones who will have to spread a bit of their outsized incomes. Sounds good to me – go ahead and let's start spreading.

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. BatCat05

    Hey Gov. Palin, How about just doing the right thing for "Common the American", we are sick of all of the titles and your childish pandering. Stand up for just "Everyday the American" and you and McSame would be doing better in this election PERIOD! GOD Bless Sen. Obama and his ailing grandmother. OBAMA-BIDEN, now that's the ticket!

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. sue

    The "Joe the Plumber's" of America don't make over $250,000 a year and won't see their taxes increase under Obama's plan.

    And there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be more and to have a plan to get there. (BTW – Joe the Plumber admitted on national television that he doesn't actually have a plan for purchasing the business he says he wants to have so IMHO he doesn't have a plan but a dream and dreams don't come true unless you have a plan and work it.)

    However I also expect people who make more money to pay more in taxes than those who make less.

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. john

    If Rose the teacher and Phil the bricklayer are making more than 250,000 dollars a year. I am in the wrong business

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. H.R.

    Because Palin the incompetent disgrace says so.

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Megs

    Megs the Voter is still for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Karibo Ken

    Barack the Wealth Spender. That doesn't make any sense.


    -Palin's windfall tax on oil companies in Alaska
    -McCain's support of Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid (he's on it!),
    -McCain's support of the Financial Bailout!
    -McCain's acceptance of $84 Million in taxpayer money to fund these attacks! Why is he using my wealth to spread his hate?

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Scott, Lexington KY

    Great – let's see how many BS labels Palin and her divisive campaign can come up with in the next 13 days.

    That's exactly what this country needs; more labels, more derision, more fracturing of the country by fabricating the notion that there are those who are "Pro America" and those who are "Anti-America"

    This is so sad.

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. mayah

    go with God's blessing and guidance, Senator Obama, to see you grandmother, many prayers are offered up on your behalf..

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Kim Strong

    I think Sara Palin has set women back 50 years. She is acting like a silly school girl fighting for a boyfriend instead of a Vice Presidency.

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. Ari

    Sarah the Unqualified? Sarah the Fifteen Minutes Are Almost Up? Sarah the Laughing Stock? Sarah the Vindictive? Sarah the Tongue Talker?

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. michael

    Where's Bob the Builder? This is early twentieth century childishness.

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Jim Schimmer

    We have a progressive tax system. If Obama's plan is socialism then our tax system is socialism.

    Whats wrong with taxing the wealthest and redistributing wealth. The wealthy pay much less in % term that the rest of us that make <250K.

    Palin is dumb and clearly does not understand how anything works.
    Please wake up independents and make the right pick..

    Our country is at the brink of failure.

    Enough is enough. No more Bush like policies!!

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    Obama's new nickname should be LOSER. That is because he will lose this election.

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. Zia

    you cannot dub a socialist on spending......
    this is one of the ugliest smear campaign – Republicans have become extremeists – this is unbelivable – sorry for Americans

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Anne

    Please..someone..anyone..WHO is this JOE The Plumber we hear about all the time..From what I have read and heard..he is not a small business owner, nor a licensed plumper. That he has not paid his tax..hates social security tax..(wonder who takes care of his elderly relatives?? Not him for sure) and would actually benefit from Obama's tax plan. again..I repeat..he is NOT a small business owner. What is McCain trying to prove by making an Idiot out of this man and waving him around like a victory flag in every campaign speech? I for one am SICK of hearing this fairy tale!!! PS Oh yeah. Hank Williams Jr..I will never buy your music again.

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. hello

    If american voters buy this stupid gimmick then I have to say that they are realy stupid.
    particularly all this small town real american who does not pay attension to primary and busy waching only sports.

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. jake747

    How sad and desparate. Let's just go out and find as many regular "joes" as we can who support our view, ignore all those who don't, and let's parade them as proof to vote for us.

    Come on, when this country starts looking to people who have zero experience with governance for guidance, than we are in serious trouble. Luckily, it shouldn't work. Call me an "elitist" if you will, but I think the source of information is important and critical. If Joe and Tito are going to set policy, why not let actors build our buildings, or engineers make our movies, or construction workers teach our kids.

    Socrates had a great lesson about the nonsense of relying on non-experts who think they know everything about everything, when they know little beyond their profession.

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Concerned Voter

    I like Sarah Palin less and less everyday...

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Annan

    Is anyone listening to her now a days.?

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. trish

    When I read things like this, I realize that true-er words were never spoken than in Gen. Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama. And I wasn't even planning to vote for him orginally.....How does the old saying go? Cutting off their noses to spite their face.....

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. Bill


    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Alex

    OK, things have now officially entered silly season.

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |

    this woman is so stupid. can you talk about the issues? what are you and mcsame going to change. NOTHING.

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. Victor from MI

    Some please shut her up already! There has not been ONE SINGLE day where garbage doesn't spew from her mouth.

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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