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. YAM

    I voted for 'THAT ONE' on Saturday.

    Florida for Obama!

    October 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. No McPain

    Oops, forgot to pander to those Hispanics, right John/Sarah? Will McCain start off with "mi amigos", now?

    October 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Another joke just like "Palin The Hockey Mom."

    October 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. FED UP!

    TO No More American Dream:

    It is because of people like you that our country is going down the drain!! I cannot conceive that you think Mr. McSenile and Mrs. Sesame Street are valid candidates for our country!!!

    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Joe

    I've never seen so many wealthy, everyday citizens making over $250,000 a year crying about their taxes being raised. I must change professions because I had no IDEA construction workers made that much!

    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Miguel

    Como Se Dice 'Political Gimmick' En espanol? If the best hero McBush can come up with is Samuel (joe) the unlicensed plumber. They are indeed desperate. The fake Joe who does not pay his taxes and who lied about buying the Company he works for by saying the Company makes two hundred thousand dollars a year. He confessed later to knowing the company makes nowhere near that much money.
    Joe is as fake as the whole McBush campaign. Y Tu Tambien Tito.

    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Lucas, Nashville TN



    Much like the economy, I wonder if there is a bottom to how low the McCain camp will go.

    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. marlies

    1 more week and i don't have to hear about joe six pack, joe the plummer or tito the builder ever again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wohooooooooooooooooo

    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. vic nashville,Tn

    This tactics too Late for Mc Cain

    Too early for Pailn 2012

    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. tulsa

    No more American Dream,
    8 years ago, your candidate was 180° from his ideas today. So, he can change his mind, but Obama can't?
    More lies from the desparate right.

    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. lindapuma


    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. go away mongers- Ventura,CA

    Palin is a JOKE- a very bad one! She is a "diva" for sure and the mccain campaign even says so. Eight more days! Then she can go back to Alaska and STAY THERE!

    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. jb in cville

    i seriously cannot stop laughing.


    what's next? kim the nail technician to attract asian americans.


    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. No McSame

    Can anyone believe Painlin hs only been VP candidate for 6 weeks. Already feels like 6 years. America simply can't take 4 more years of this BS. Times are too serious. Vote for someone with substance – vote Obama!

    October 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. William

    Please... send this woman back to Alaska. I can't take it!

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. dee

    First Joe the Plummer, now Tito the builder....What's next Booboo the clown??? Give it up! This crap is not working!!! The average working Plummer and builder are making less than $250K a year and would BENEFIT from Obama's tax plan! Get a clue people; don't let your party affiliations lead you into financial ruin.

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. ike

    This campaign has gotten really said....they are desperate for any kind of spark...this campaign was doomed the day John McCain picked this lady as his runningmate ...Joe the plumber, Tito the builder....what's next Oscar the grouch

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Kristina, Seattle

    Hey "Listen to Our Children": guess again. The vast majority of the nation's youth are actually pro-Obama.

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. arc, Lugano CH

    McCain/Palin supporters who have never lived/worked overseas can’t begin to realize that the United States needs to repair its image abroad. It is people like this who aren’t educated enough to think globally beyond the Walmart of their single stop light home town in their isolated red state. Pretty much the rest of the world hates these people and laughs at them…and they don’t even realize it.

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Angela


    I am an independant and people are soooo hypocritical.....

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Helen

    Mike October 27th, 2008 12:28 pm ET

    It is not correct English to begin a sentence with the words "How Come"

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Puffin

    Oh, Ms Palin, we know what Obama's tax plan is. We also know what McCain's mortgage bail-out plan is. Even the conservative Mr. Cavuto on FOX, almost choked learning about this plan and he knows 'money'. IF that is not who distribution of wealth then I do not know what is.

    Do please tell us why you are against 'fruit-fly' research or any genetic research or any 21st Century progress in technology and development. Is that what Republican Party stands for?

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Palin 2012

    Palin, it is bob the builder...

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Linda Schatzer

    Is Tito related to Bob theBuilder?????? llololol...these subjects are getting old...you know she is trying to defend her wearing those clothes...come on Palin...if you knew what they were why did you wear them??????? little late Palin....lets try and dig out of the hole. Yep shes for immigration...heck she isnt even for the eskimos in Alaska. What a phoney.

    October 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Greg in Mpls

    That's all we are the Republicans! Not real people with NAMES, just "First name, the, profession". Not complete individuals.

    The people of this country are nothing more than "drones" for the GOP to put to work to make them powerful and rich.

    Well Greg the American will be voting for Obama on Nov 4th so we can ALL be better off!

    October 27, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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