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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  1. SoCal

    Tito The Builder, Joe The Plumber, Sarah The Moose Hunter, John The Maverick... what a joke!

    October 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Wanting the truth

    Maybe the GOP is starting their own version of the Village People.

    October 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Steve

    So here is the deal. I am hearing the media claim that McCain's apparent defeat is because of the failing economy over the past month.


    The McFalin campaign is in defeat because they are republican period. This country has seen so much deceit and negative posturing over the past 8 years that the American people are just fed up.

    This is a republican issue. I say this because the McFalin campaign is just another extension of the lies, smoke and mirrors and deceit that this nation and other nations has experienced over the last 8 years from this republican party. The replublicans will spin at all cost.

    NO MORE!

    October 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Jean

    I've never heard McCain and Palin say how they'll pay for their platform-I read, I think on a CNN fact check, that the price tag for McCain's promises isn't very different from that for Obama's. In particular, how does the Republican ticket intend to finance a continuing Iraq war and a surge in Afghanistan while lowering taxes? By borrowing more from China?

    October 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Jim Noble

    I can guarantee as well that Tito the builder does not make $250,000 a year. I find it funny when they talk about Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy, then they trot out someone who is NOT wealthy and say Obama's plan will hurt that person. High income earners, many o which have employees, will have to pay a little more taxes to help fund programs that will LOWER THEIR EXPENSES. If an employer has to pay $20,000 extra a year in income tax, but can save $40,000/year on health care premiums for their employees, it is a no brainer!

    October 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Carl29

    This is just funny. The McCain campaign has turned a legitimate argument into a "cheap" slogan. These people really don't know how to get their message out.

    October 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Evan

    Maybe she should have Bob the Builder come out and campaign for her. You know Bob probably supports her.

    October 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Florida Voter

    Palin and McCain fail to campaign honestly that Obama will cut taxes for "Tito the builder" and "Joe the plumber." Enough of the nonsense.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Marie Ontario

    Nothing different from the Palin/McCain campaign just more of the same lies and distortion and fear mongering. They just don't seem to get it that the public isn't buying fear and hate and just want policy and truth. No wonder they are slipping so far behind.

    October 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Bulldog

    Are you kidding me? These Palin supporters are out there.

    October 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Tim Smith

    Check the facts regarding each candidates tax plans. I earn $50,000 per year, and will get tax cuts under the Obama plan. Something McCain/Palin doesn't want you to know.

    October 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Sue T

    Another report just moments ago that there is more in fighting in the MCCain camp over Palin..........she is not sticking to the messages they are giving her to make in her rallies........they think she knows they have lost and so now she is trying to push her own agenda for her political career..........sorry this woman will have NO Political career after this election..........another Robo call has gone out against Obama from the McCain camp, using his POW buddies to spead his lies........it's bad enough that McCain has thrown his HONOR to the dogs now he has got his ex-POW buddies doing it.........how disgraceful............McCain is a 72 year old man and if you don't think that our enemies are going to test him to see what the old man and his VP Mama will do......your crazy........he'd be the first one that our enemies would test......

    October 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Betty the Beautician

    Taxes are nothing more than a redistribution of wealth. Those who earn more are taxed more. That is not socialism.

    Americans want government to provide good roads, sewer, water, etc., etc. but they don't want to be taxed? Who do they think is going to pay for all this stuff?

    We complain about our tax dollars going to welfare yet we won't give those who do work and want to work a helping hand.

    October 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. TAYO, NY

    I cant wait to hear palin the loser after Nov 4.

    October 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Hispanic Voter

    You McCain supporters need to shut up about socialism. Do you even know what socialism is? Do your research before shouting out nonsense? Where do you think most of the programs (federal, state, local come from)? It is from the taxpayers. Are you saying taxpayers are socialist? If you do some research on taxes and Obama's plan, he will not TAX you for $250,000 or less? You people you should go see the documentary movie I.O.U.S.A indicating how America is spending too much. America has a huge deficit and it began with Regan, Clinton was able to make it a surplus, which was suppose to be for the next 25 years. What happened? Bush economics has put us in a deep hole and we are in a bigger deficit than the Regan administration. The Republicans have not changed their view on economics and look at where we are at? We are in the 21st century. Go vote early and see whose plan is better!!!! Obama/Biden

    October 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Enough is enough

    Joe the plumber, Tito the Builder... Add a few more and we'll have a Village People reunion. McCain/Palin campaign has been a joke. Tired of the negativity and fear-mongering. And if I hear Palin call herself a maverick one more time I'll puke!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08... Get out and vote people!!

    October 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. BM

    Why hasn't she released her medical records? Maybe they will reveal the real mother of the down syndrone child, ya think?

    October 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. barbara

    When is she going to bring out "Todd – the member of the AIP" or "Sarah – the abuser of power" or "Cindy – the drug addict" or John – the adulter."

    October 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Nevada

    This Joe the... and Tito the ... make the McCain campaign sound as though they are talking to kindergarteners. Shows what they think of the American voters...

    October 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Anyone else catch the skit on Colbert last week about this? What's next, Dora the explorer, Bob the buiilder?

    October 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Louis in Los Angeles

    Que Tito the Builder y-que nada! Estan Locos! This is the anti-imigration ticket. Shame on the Repugnant Party for dissing Latinos then using one to replace thier phony Plumber!

    And one other thing...Sarah the Jilted Beauty Queen needs to stop talking to the electorate as if we are all a bunch third graders.


    October 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Fred

    Josip Broz TITO was also the communist leader of the Former Yugoslavia!

    October 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Judy Ann

    This is what we call voter fraud. The names of characters that don't exist. The Republicans is the fraud and now we know. McCain/Palin. Keep paying these characters and maybe they will show up to vote.

    October 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Beth

    Wow; what childish campaign! Do they think the American people are idiots that can't understand what they have to say without Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder? But then again; they have no message that people can understand, so they do have to use these childish messages. Go out and vote!!! Get Barack into the White House to get some respect back for the United States of America.

    October 27, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Our economy downfall started in the 1980's when jobs were oursourced overseas. Obama or McCain won't fix our economy unless us consumers just say no to imports, buy "made in america" if you can. Otherwise Tito the Builder, Joe the Plumber, are all going to be unemployed, and if we have a democratic controlled congress and president, we will have more entitlements and greater national debt that will put our economy out for good.

    October 27, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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