October 23rd, 2008
01:15 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain on Joe the plumber tour

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INTERSTATE 4, Florida (CNN)– Joe the plumber goes on tour?

Well sort of.

Driving through Florida on the "Straight Talk Express," Sen. John McCain rallied voters and talked to small business owners during the "Joe the Plumber: Keep Your Wealth" tour.

“You know whether it is Joe the plumber in Ohio or whether it is Joe over here –thank you Joe. There's Joes all over here,” said McCain at his second stop, a rally in Ormond Beach, Florida. “Senator Obama wants to spread the wealth around. That means fewer jobs at their businesses and fewer jobs here in Florida.”

People cheered as they held signs that said, "McCain will help the working man" and "My husband is Tom the plumber". Two fork lifts held the "Country First" sign above the platform.

McCain kicked off the tour at the Starlite Diner in Daytona Beach with four small business owners, or in campaign speak, four Joe the plumbers.

Their actual names and professions are florist Richard Rivers, pub owner Tom Curtis, food store owner Patricia Surgine and Thomas Crowe, president of a lumber supply company and a former professional football player.

Diners at neighboring tables manned their cell phone cameras as the business owners told McCain their troubles, particularly with Barack Obama's tax plan.

At the morning rally, held at the lumber supply company owned by Crowe, the Arizona Senator got very fired up about two topics: the Bush presidency and his Democratic opponent.

“I call on the Administration to act now and buy up these home loan mortgages and keep people in their homes,” he said as he pounded on the podium. ”And why is the Secretary of the Treasury not ordering them to do that?”

McCain also emphasized concerns about Obama's ability to lead.

“You know it is amazing," he said "Are you ready to trust Americans’ national security to an untested leader in these times of war?”

He also mocked Obama’s explanation of why Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden said his running mate would be tested by an international crisis as president.

“Yesterday Senator Obama tried to explain away this by warning – by saying that his running mate sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes. Really? Really? That’s another way of saying he accidentally delivered some straight talk to America.”

At his third and fourth stops, he also met with small business owners. The third stop was held at a dentist's office in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Hispanic business owners were targeted at the later stop, a Puerto Rican restaurant in Orlando.

After his meeting, he made a statement to the press corps where he talked about one of the women he spoke with inside the restaurant, noted the new jobless report, and said he was optimistic about his chances in Florida.

“We’re doing well in Florida, I’m happy with the polling numbers. It’s going to be a battleground state, we got a lot of work to do but with Charlie Crist, Mel Martinez and a lot of the great support we have across this state we will win and we will win this election.”

The six stop tour will take the McCain campaign through Florida along the I-4 corridor. This part of the state is home to nearly 20 percent of undecided voters which both campaigns consider the key to Florida’s 27 electoral votes.

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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Abby

    It's about time someone spoke up for the average Joe.

    Goooooooooooo McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. JL

    They forgot the disclaimer!

    "...the preceding message, along with all participants, was bought and paid for by Joe the CEO."

    October 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. ines

    At this point, McCain is looking beyond ridiculous and bordering on cuckoo.

    October 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Brian


    October 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Sebastian, Baton Rouge, LA


    That is HILARIOUS!

    "A plumbers' tour for McCain is very appropriate.

    His campaign has sprung so many leaks, it would take an army of plumbers to plug them all."

    October 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Al Ram

    Sen. McCain stop fooling the American people with your Joe the Planted Plumber. How can a plumber earn more than $250,000 a year? Maybe Joe the Plumber is not a plumber but own the water company of the city. This time the American people cannot be fooled. We have enough of 8 bad years. ENOUGH!!!

    October 23, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Gene L.

    The Republican Party is the party of the common man? What are these people thinking? Record profits for oil companies and $4 gas for Joe. Multi-million dollar golden parachutes for Wall St executives and a $700 billion bill for Joe. An endless war started under false pretenses and body bags for Joe's kids. These plumbers have cracks in their heads.

    October 23, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Glenn in California

    No doubt in my mind that Joe the Plumber would have made a better VP pick than Palin the Moose Hunter.

    October 23, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Hard to believe that ANY American can overlook his desperation and flip flopping and outright lies.....must be the same "informed" folks who voted for a second Bush term.

    October 23, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. 3 BLIND MICE!!!

    McCain, McPalin, McFake Joe the Plumber need to find the nearest TOILET CUZ they are full of SH_T

    October 23, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Independent in Albany

    Just call me "Mike the Obama voter"

    October 23, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. McCain is 72....

    I think he's delusional. He's starting to believe his own lies.

    October 23, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Please inform yourself

    News Flash.. Wolf Blitzer hes already interviewed Obama.

    Search on Youtube for

    Obama interview wolf blitzer

    October 23, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. KJS

    More background on Joe the Plumber – he lived here in Arizona for a awhile and wound up in court for not paying his rent. This guy has about as much chance of making 250 large as I do of piloting the space shuttle.

    October 23, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |




    Your good thoughts about John McCain will go out the door!!!

    October 23, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Lee

    I am sick of Joe the pulumer
    I vote for Obama, yes we can

    October 23, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Jerry Atrick

    McCain and company should be sued for misleading their lost sheep.

    October 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Frank G

    Somehow, the "Etch A Sketch" toy keeps coming to mind whenever the McCain/Palin ticket spout off their nonsense irrespective of the subject matter.
    They try, then erase, try, then erase..................

    October 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Shawn - GA

    The only reason that 95% + of people benifit from Obama's plan is because over 35% do not pay taxes and will get a free check for doing nothing. So he is essence buying that presidency by getting all these people to vote in order to get the free money.

    It is a smart winning strategy, however it is not right and I am shocked not 1 person in the media is calling him out on it (that I have heard of anyway)

    October 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Hillary Democrat


    October 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. s

    John McCain–aka Joe Blow. He's so full of hot air he may just float away.

    October 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. undecided

    I find it interesting at how much the MEDIA and the democrats are doing to bury "Joe the plumber". It is because he has struck a cord with a LOT of hardworking Americans who do not ask anything from government and don't want anything taken from them by government.

    "Joe the plumber" is a blue collar American icon.

    He is what America is all about. Not Hollywood, not Harvard educated ELITISTS, not the MEDIA, not politicians, and he is NOT looking for a handout.

    October 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Phil VA

    Too little too late!!! Is McCain serious?!?!? Desparation has reached a new level...LOL

    October 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. AMY

    @DIRTY HARRY....


    October 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Jim from Middletown, CT

    The plumber thing is getting a little old. Especially a guy who isn't really a plumber. Of course, McCain isn't a real presidential candidate, just an old geezer who apparently has nothing else to do and represents only the "haves" (people much like him). Twelve days and he's gone, if he lasts that long.

    October 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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