October 27th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin trots out 'Tito the builder' at Virginia rally

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LEESBURG, Virginia (CNN) - Sarah Palin brought along one of her favorite working-class heroes to a campaign rally in northern Virginia on Monday: Tito Munoz, or as he’s better known to Palin and her audiences, “Tito the builder.”

Munoz, wearing a yellow hard hat with a McCain-Palin bumper sticker, introduced Palin at the outdoor rally in Loudoun County, a populous Washington exurb that broke for George W. Bush in 2004 but has gone Democratic in three consecutive statewide elections.

“Everything we stand for is in danger by higher taxes and less freedom,” Munoz said of Obama, earning chants of “Tito! Tito!” from the audience.

The McCain campaign took a shine to Munoz, who owns a construction business, two weekends ago in Woodbridge, Virginia when he was seen accusing a group of reporters of attacking Joe the Plumber for questioning Barack Obama’s tax plan. Palin has since cited Munoz in speech after speech as an example of a hard-worker who would have his dreams crushed by Obama’s plan to raise taxes on high income-earners.

When Palin took the stage, she cracked to Munoz that “not since the Jackson Five has the name Tito been used so often.”

The governor proceeded to deliver a mostly routine stump speech, lacking any of the improvisational riffs like the one she put forth in Tampa on Sunday, when she ad-libbed a four-minute diatribe on the “ridiculous” questions about her RNC-purchased wardrobe.

Instead, Palin stuck to the campaign script and accused Barack Obama of shifting his rhetoric on taxes.

“John and I have a very basic, fundamental disagreement with our opponents on this issue. Sen. Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes,” she said. “And though it seems that he adjusts his tax plan pronouncements almost daily now, kind of flip-flopping on what the details are. His commitment to higher taxes never changes, though.”

With Virginia teetering on the brink of falling into Democratic hands for the first time in 44 years, Palin is blitzing every corner of the commonwealth on Monday with four campaign stops and a series of local media interviews. A Washington Post poll released Monday showed Obama leading John McCain by eight points in Virginia, with one half of registered voters holding "strongly" or "somewhat" negative views of the GOP vice presidential candidate.

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soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Cnn.....I think your news staff is sleeping today....let me help you out...

    How come you are not reporting on the 2001 interview with Obama spreading the wealth around????

    How come you are not reporting how Obama said the Civil Rights ruling didn't go far enough because it didn't give minorities money???

    Did you miss this CNN.....???

    I'm confused.

    October 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Kristina, Seattle

    Hahaha is that like "Bob the Builder?" Makes sense... that's about the appropriate intellectual level for Palin.

    October 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. gail

    You are going down!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Anne

    I wonder if these people realize that not only that are they being used by MCnasty and his blow up doll Plain but that they look like absolute arses because of it.

    October 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. insanity

    lol.. I guess Bob the builder is replaced now.
    This is really silly tactics by the McCain campaign. They are playing to the base and only the idiots in the far right would buy this nonsense.
    The sad part is, McCain needs to play to the middle and he's not doing that. Instead, he just looks foolish to the most of the people in the middle.

    October 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. No More American Dream

    A 7-year-old radio interview in which Barack Obama discussed the failure of the Supreme Court to rule on redistributing wealth in its civil rights rulings has given fresh ammunition to critics who say the Democratic presidential candidate has a socialist agenda.

    Obama has said he wants to redistribute the wealth. Their goes the American dream.. Obama is a Socialist. If you want to be like Finland vote for Obama, if you beleive in the American dream vote for McCain..

    Keep The American Dream Alive
    Go McCain

    October 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Conserative's.....ATTAAAAAACK!!

    Here we go...An all out onslaught of attacks by the GOP and Conservative talk show hosts including Mr. "No Spin" or should I say spin in my own way, Comedian Bill O'Reilly....Like Adrian said to Rocky before fighting Ivan Drago..."YOU CAN"T WIN"

    Vote Early

    October 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. L VA

    Go Sahah. Barack can't hide from his socialist policies of redistribution of wealth. I'm not working my bottom off any more than I am right now in order to pay BHO's higher taxes. Get real people. See him for what he is – his grand plan will give it all away to those that don't think it becomes them to get off their duffs.

    October 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Tito the builder can't afford 150 000 USD for his wardrobe.So he has nothing in common with this Lady running out of ideas.

    October 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Dallas, TX

    Go Sarah!!!

    You already got my vote and my vote for 2012!!!

    Sarah Palin 2008!!

    October 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Dal CA

    It was joe the Plumber now it is Tito the Builder.
    Did Titio build her palace in Alaska at a good rate?
    Issues count don't mix them up with these stupid jibes.
    Now we are told that the GOP bought the clothes for the Barbie doll so that they can dress her up the way they want.
    May be they should have bought a brian box as well so that the barbie doll can think correctly as well.

    October 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Vin in Texas

    Joe the Plumber,
    Tito the builder,
    Oscar the designer,
    Ashely Todd the liar....

    Bring the menagerie out...

    October 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. EMJ

    One quick comment from Mike the Systems Analyst – FUSP

    October 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Obama Mama in FL

    too bad Tito doesn't actually understand that Democrats were instrumental in seeing that Americans of all ethnic backgrounds can make a life in America. Republicans are instrumental in trying to build walls to keep out diversity. Shame on Tito the Traitor.

    October 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. S. Boatman

    More Gimmicks . . . But No Solutions From The Mccain Campaign!

    October 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Angela

    How many more of these names are we going to have to put up with? This so and so the whatever is so yesterday it is not even funny. why does everything have to have a label?

    Shall we come up with a few? How about John the Absent-Minded or Sarah the Air-Headed?

    October 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Listen to Our Children

    Experience and the Future in McCain and Palin vs. IN EXPERIENCE and the Past in Obama and Biden

    26 yrs of consistency in a solid voting record vs. 191 Time Voting 'Present' + 143 days of Experience

    Straight Talk vs. All TALK on what you want to hear.

    Listen to Our Children, listen to McCain's wonderful daughter's book about being so proud of her father and those other wonderful children of Sarah Palin's who are proud of their mother.

    Listen to America's Children and protect our country – VOTE McCain!

    October 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Beverlee (WI)

    "Tito" the builder! Who is she speaking too? Preschoolers????

    October 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. BatCat05

    Alaska's largest-circulation paper, the Anchorage Daily News, said state governor Mrs Palin was "too risky" to be one step away from the presidency. In an editorial it says her nomination "captivated" Alaskans but that must not "overwhelm all other judgment".
    The focus should be on John McCain, it said, calling him the "wrong choice".

    "She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," this McCain adviser said. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

    Palin is wrong for not having the values of everyday Americans and isn't surely putting America first! Palin is Bad for the McCain campaign and definitely BAD for America!

    Republican's for OBAMA, time is at hand to save our land of the Free and home of the Brave!

    OBAMA-BIDEN, now that's the Ticket!

    October 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Kewpie for Obama

    This whole thing is getting so ridiculous. I've already voted and look forward to November 5th when Obama can get on with the business of straightening out this mess we call a country.

    Go Obama-Biden

    October 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Karen, Arkansas

    Failin...please say bye-bye to the lower 48...I cannot believe that anyone in their right mind would consider you a serious VP candidate.

    October 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Illinois Blue Dog

    I bet Tito would actually do better under bama's tax proposal; but hey, why would Palin worry about facts, math, the truth and diversionary things like that? Next thing you know they'll be bringing out my kid's toy, "Bob the Builder." Seriously, McCain/Palin need to wake up. They've only got 8 days to close the gap, and Tito ain't gonna help.

    October 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. John in VA

    There is one argument that I am surprised the Democrats are not using – if McCain wins, he will continue to push the polarization that Bush began in 2000, whereas Obama is calling for unity. McCain's biggest argument is "vote for me because I'm a Republican", while Obama is calling for people to vote for him because he claims he can bring change and stability to Washington. I'm waiting for a civil war to erupt, regardless of who wins.

    "A house divided among itself cannot stand" -Abraham Lincoln (R)

    October 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. please vote dont stay home

    CNN are you kidding me?

    mcbush are you kidding me?

    why is she here in teh news

    the brainless person talking in the "best political team," (or should i say brainless political team??)

    give me a break nothing she says, (and her words are not english, there is not once coherent sentence) makes one bit of sense.

    October 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. FED UP!

    Our country no longer stands for ANYTHING!!
    We need to resuscitate whatever is left by voting for Obama.
    All you will do is formally turn our nation into a nation of tyranny, which is what Bush has been doing for the last 8 years!!

    Please Palin, we don' t need more airheads in the white house

    GO AWAY PALIN!!!!! It actually hurts my ears to hear your screetch!!!


    October 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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