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

Palin trots out 'Tito the builder' at Virginia rally

 Palin was introduced by 'Tito the builder' at a rally in Virginia this morning.

Palin was introduced by 'Tito the builder' at a rally in Virginia this morning.

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. Florida Voter

    McCain said himself that tax cuts disproportionately benefit the wealthiest incomes, and then he adopted Bush's irresponsible tax plan to kowtow to the far right base. McCain is not the man of principle I used to support. So sad.

    No way, no how, no McCain, no Palin

    Eight is enough!

    October 27, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS WILL GET YOUR MESSIAH NEXT WEEK.

    YOU ARE PUTTING A MAN IN CONTROL OF THIS COUNTRY THAT WILL DESTROY IT IN 42 MONTHS AFTER HE TAKES POWER.

    I NEVER THOUGHT IN MY LIFETIME THAT THIS COUNTRY WOULD EVER DO THIS AS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE.

    GOD PLEASE COME SAVE YOUR PEOPLE.

    October 27, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Accountant Guy

    Are the Republicans trying to recreate the Village People!! Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Bobby

    I think this is ridiculous that Sarah runs on absolutely nothing.

    With HIV/AIDS on the rise around American nearly 1 and 20 people living in Washington, DC has HIV according to the Washington Post. This is a epidemic that Obama has touched on, but neither McCain nor Palin even recognizes this as a problem.

    Barack Obama will expand funding for research of HIV, especially for prevention options including a vaccine and microbicides.

    McCain and Palin are out of touch plans to do nothing about HIV/AIDS issue that is causing millions of people to die around the world.

    We Need Change.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Joe Plumber Six Pack for Obama

    she is sick

    October 27, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. mayah

    Where is JOE, the BANKER?

    October 27, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. RH

    What a ridiculous circus...

    October 27, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. dfryer

    This article sickens me. Using incendiary words like "cracked" and "diatribe" are so biased it is laughable.

    October 27, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Louis

    I can't wait for the interview with Sarah the Former VP Candidate.

    October 27, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. BM

    I could use that 4.000.purse she got for her daughter. What a waste when people are losing their homes and jobs.

    October 27, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. MegaMan Maverick Hunter X

    Seriously?

    "Tito the Builder..."

    uhhh i dont understand how more absurd this can get.....Is she trying to reach out to the Nickelodeon/Disney Demographic?

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Desmond Sequeira

    The abuse syndrome: When you get used, you develop a cycle of using (abusing) others for your own ends. It's FAILIN, Palin.

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Concerned Republican

    I JUST READ SOME DISTURBING NEWS ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN'S CO-FOUNDING OF AN EXTREMIST, RADICAL, TERRORIST ORGINIZATION KNOWN AS "THE PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY"!!! I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAN EVER, HE WANTS TO START WORLD WAR III BY STAGING A SYNTHETIC WAR WORLD WIDE AGAINST MUSLIMS!!! JOHN MCCAIN IS A CRUSADER!!!

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Todd (not Palin) the voter

    I thought Sarah the lying shopaholic hated labels.
    Well I can't wait until next Tuesday so I can be Todd the voter and send her pathetic backside back to Alaska.
    She can take Todd the power abuser and Willow, Piper, and Trig the the stage props back to AK with her.
    On Nov. 4th we the people will make it known that we repudiate her and the Rovian style of politics.

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Flo from NY

    I've read and heard enough, Joe the Plumber, Tito the Builder, Mario the Meatpacker, Harriet the Hairdresser, Elvin the Electrician...come on GOP, give us a plan, a real plan and don't parade people on stage whose only interest is to promote their own agenda or political aspirations as Joe the Plumber.....

    Given that the newspaper with the largest circulation in Alaska endorsed the Obama/Biden ticket says something about Palin and her Stepford Wife approach to this entire campaign.....The new GOP, the party of stupid.

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. w.l. jones

    From the begining of time all government have had a social plan ,other wise it would not be a country to govern.

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Thomas the Tank

    Perhaps you can forward your 150,000 wardrobe to Tito the builders family after your packing up to head back to Alaska after the elections?

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Concerned Voter

    No biased "moderaton hell" at sodaheaddotcom. come on over and be free to express your views!

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Rick CT

    Go ahead workers, vote Obama – especially if you don't care about losing the right to a secret ballot for union votes.

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Valerie

    Funny how it was reported this weekend that the largest paper in Alaska backed BARACK OBAMA ... hmmm funny when your own hometown paper doesn't support you Sarah!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. James Jones

    Enough already with this joe the plummer or tito the builder or wen dy the waitress stuff! Sound like she's talking to a bunch of 1st graders. Who is she going to mention next? Dora the Explorer? Thomas the Tank Engine? Winnie the Pooh?

    October 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Learn

    Learn about this man Mr. Obama. Do NOT just go along with the promise of hope… I know we all need things to be better. Obama is not the answer he promises:

    From Audacity of Hope:
    "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    From Dreams of My Father:
    "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."

    "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."

    October 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Jatovi, NC

    Tito vs Bob in an ultimate fighting CAGE match for the Builder Title belt!!! Coming this Sunday Sunday Sunday!!! Tune in!!

    This is a joke. Tito the builder? hahahahahaha

    October 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Len in Washington

    To all those who keep screaming "No Socialism in our great Country!"
    just think about this.

    Ever since the first tax was inacted in this nation we have been a "socialist" country when it comes to "redistributing the wealth."

    You pay taxes to the government and it uses your money to pay for the military, for space programs, for food stamp programs, for highways, for welfare programs, for universities, bridges, schools etc etc.

    I'd say we're are already there.....and we have been since the beginning.

    Every President, every Congress and every Senate in this nation's history is guilty of this. And it will most certainly continue in the future no matter who is elected.

    You all need to get over this and deal with a little reality, I think.

    October 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Linda32

    Why does Palin continue to miss the point? It is not about the clothes, yes a bit about the cost, but mostly about the fact the she allowed RNC/McCain/whoever they want to blame to dress her and her family up as something they weren't. Are you telling me that you do not have appropriate clothing? Fine, I understand about the RNC, but the events after? Are you saying that you just do as you are told? Really? And we are suppose to put this country in your and McCain's hands? Seems like time and time again, you both proved that your judgement is faulting.

    As for the labels, please, we are TIRED of it.

    October 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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