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)

    Can someone explain to me why Florida has gone from 51% – 46 % advantage Obama to 46% – 45 % advantage Mcsame?

    October 23, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Bill in CT

    What a sham. McCain has completely lost it with this stupid Joe the plumber thing. How about real issues, real truth and a real reason to vote for McCain instead of constant tactics. He has run the worst campaign in history!

    October 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Remy

    Joe the plumber is a FAKE and McCain camp use a FAKE person to fool the people. How can we trust Mccain any more?

    October 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. sabuc for Obama

    Dang! I hope Joe six-pack doesn't do anything silly since the Joe the plumber-gimmick has taken over with a tour.

    Maybe the GOP can pay Joe the plumber royalties so he can pay his back taxes. Maybe $150,000 for new overalls and plumbing tools and a $50,000 CEO instant bonus so he can actually be above the $250K benchmark to make McCain's claims a little less bogus?

    October 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Barbara

    you know McCain, I am one of those Joe the plummers, I needed your help long time ago, Where were you when I needed you. Oh I guess you were busy voting with bush 90 % of the time. you were there in washington 26 years, and while American people are losing jobs, losing homes, losing money, you were there smiling, laughing, good Job McCain, that's why i'm voting for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. er74

    I have had it with the semi-skilled clown Joe the Plumber fairy tale. Move On! The desperation in the republican party is out of control and inspire sadness.

    October 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. indepentent08 for obama/biden

    What mcshame needs is joe the V.P. pick tour!!

    he needs the right VP pick

    That's why I am voting for Obama/biden

    October 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. tulsa

    Lizzie from the View campaigning with Palin?
    lol... She has succeded in raising the IQ of bot the View and the McCain campaign!

    October 23, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. TONY




    October 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Obama is not the Messiah

    Joe the plumber is not the issue. The issue is the question he asked Messiah Obama. Obama is not for small business in fact he is not for business at all. Business is what keeps us in our homes. So this election is for Jobs, businesses and Homes. McCain has addressed these. Obama has not. He is willing to say anything to get people to vote for him. His is LYING to you and me. Mr lefty Obama will tax and spend, tax and spend. It will happen. A Leopard cannot change his spots..

    All the hate I see here toward the GOP. Name calling, disgusting remarks. Nice job Dems.. It shows us where you are. In the gutter.

    October 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Bridgette-PA


    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Independent White Woman

    McLiar now I realize why you repeated Joe the Plumber 20 timesduring the Debate ...you forgot about Mary the candlstick maker James the barber ETC GOOD TRY Old Hog JAW again is Rick Davis your Son.....You guys are the same Ugly and same Dirty .......Stop lying one Lie leads to more Lies ask Joe the Plumber

    October 23, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. RIF

    If I had $1 for every time I've heard McCain and Palin use the term Joe the Plumber I would be able to go on a Palin-like shopping spree.

    October 23, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. maynard hopkins wi


    October 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. tulsa

    Politico Pundit,
    Larijani is a MODERATE, you idiot. He is PRO-WEST.
    My God, some of the stupidity of the Republican party is outrageous.

    October 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Annette

    This gimmick is outrageous, and not becoming of a man who is applying for the highest position in the land PRESIDENT!

    October 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    If Sen McCain tell the truth Joe the Plumber, Joe the plumber would get a tax BREAK, Joe the plumber "said on Fox New Hanity/ combs that the bussiness he want to open wouldn"t make over $250,000 a year. Tell the truth. Go Obama/Biden

    October 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Accountant Guy

    So much like Joe the Plumber, McBush is a liar and not really who he says he is. Both are liars and they were both found out by America!! Pack it up McBush and take eskimo barbie with you.!! Get out and Barack the Vote America.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Brian (NC)

    I'm not a huge fan of McCain but dang at least he's not a Commie. Obama could probably still do some good volunteering in the community and whatnot, but I don't think he should be President of the United States.

    October 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. stay at home mom for obama

    What a shame! McCain is USING Joe the plumber. John McCAIN is using that man for his own political failures. So sad.

    October 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Lou from CT

    The Republicans once again are gambling the campaign on character, not the issues. They will likely realize on November 3 that it will be too late to try and raise the issues.

    They will continue to do Swift Boat, splatter theory, and CREEP attacks on Obama.

    They will not succeed.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. common sense

    I dispise CNN. I dispise MSNBC too. You're all a bunch of liberal democrats, sending this country down the tubes.

    October 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. PA voter

    Uh any form of taxes is spreading the wealth around. McCain is so desperate but we all know this.

    You can't have Pennsylvania, sir!

    PA Voter for Obama

    October 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. President Barack Obama

    This is SOOOOOOOOO DUMB & THE MOST JUVENILE CAMPAIGN I HAVE EVER SEEN......Anyone that supports this non sense is just as RIDICULOUS AS JOHN MCCLOWN!!!!! Wh ocares about the Joe The Dummy Tour!!!

    Barack Your Vote!!!

    October 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Jean 2

    Does anyone ever challenge McCain with fair play. He and Palin have twisted this story so many ways and reporters seems to support them. Where is his staff if he and Palin can not or will not think?????

    October 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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