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. Jay T.

    Palin supporter? Where? I haven't met one and I can't even begin to mentally construct what that individual would be like. Maybe it's the ever important "Member of the Desperate Housewives Fan Club" voting block. Or, the I-vote-with-my-eyes-and-not-my-mind voter. Get 'R Don't!

    October 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Eric

    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 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Sam the Butcher

    Oh Sarah the rogue Maverick........Just SHUT UP!!!
    That is all.

    fake hugs and air kisses,

    October 27, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Accountant Guy

    This is hilarious, now I am just waiting on DORA THE EXPLORER!! Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. grahame

    As an retired member of the Special Air Service I can say without any doubt at all that John McCain is suffering from a combat related stress.

    This, considering the panic he is under, is easy to understand when you consider that his running mate Sarah Palin has stabbed him in the back.

    It's also evident because of the diminishing crowds he attracts while Sarah Palin draws larger crowds than he does and because of these factors among others I see a once proud man diminishing before our eyes. It's really sad....

    The true irony however is that Palin won't win in 2012 either. People will remember how this disaster of a woman screwed any chance at all of gaining the White House

    October 27, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Al, NY NY

    How about bringing out Sarah the Dimwit?? Oh wait, she's already here

    October 27, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. mike (not that one)

    one tax script, lower taxes for under $250,000, high taxes for above $250,000. and dudes... its not like we don't pay taxes now.

    October 27, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Celt

    Mike...Here's a challenge: Listen to the interview. The entire interview! It may require an attention span that could prove to be taxing on your narrow sound-bite imagination....The gist of Obama's analysis is that the Courts should NOT be the answer to all issues, that people have to pick themselves up from the bottom and work toward solving their problems on their own....A notion championed by conservitive and liberal lawmakers and very much in line with the recent pushes from the right that the courts should NOT be political activists....As I said, Mike...for you to get this IT WILLrequire an Attention Span beyond that of a gnat....

    October 27, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Michael watching from Canada

    I would like to thank Sarah Palin, as Governor of Alaska, for having awarded the $40B natural gas pipeline contract to TransCanada.

    Its good that Alaska is outsourcing jobs to Canada.

    October 27, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. anonymous

    To Hispanic Voter – typical uneducated blog! Clinton's surplus was due to the fact that he was an absolute chicken sh$$, raised our taxes, etc. If you fail to remember, there have been 2 war, 9/11, etc. That's where the $$ went and, while Bush was at it, he LOWERED your taxes, if you even pay any.

    October 27, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. jeff in PA

    Sarah Palin is the worst thing to happen to this election. Every word she says brings the country down to a second grade intellect. She does not represent America and should not have anything to do with the White House. McCain choosing Palin as VP will be his reason for not winning Nov. 4.

    October 27, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Chirs, Michigan

    Palin, you just don't get it. Please start reading before running for VP.

    You're not ready to be president = job of VP.

    People are learning – McCain has POOR judgement.

    October 27, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. frank

    Tito the builder you are another loser for The gray hair elephant, baracuda.

    October 27, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Helene

    Palin the power abuser : Go back to Alaska. Signed Helene the librarian.

    October 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Senator McCain, it's over and...

    She meant Bob the builder. She didn't study foreign politics nor does she regularly read any type of periodicals, sounds like she watch PBS kids all day. What a total idiot on the republican ticket.

    October 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. BJ Moritz

    When are they bringing around Joe the Oil Man? There's a Joe the Republican party is really keeping an eye out for! Anyone with half a brain knows better than to listen to the verbal vomit constantly spewing from Sarah Palin's mouth. She sickens me as an American, as a woman, and as a human being.

    October 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    CNN, please give us a photo of Tito The Builder so we can have a better laugh!

    October 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. VA for Obama

    Keep talking Sara...I voted for Obama/Biden last week here in VA.

    October 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Tito? Does he earn a quarter million?

    It's getting funnier by the minute.

    October 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    Joe, Bob, Tito and all the rest, vote Obama and for once in your lives get on a winning team.

    October 27, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Vincent, Great Lakes, IL

    So if Obama is "spreading the wealth around", despite things like voting for the largest corporate welfare bill in the history of the country, then you would have to say Bush did the same with his rebate checks (although at the time, progressive were calling them petty bribes).

    October 27, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. sandee in Portland

    @ Ken....well said!!

    I grew up in the 50s and was taught that credit was to be used only to purchase large ticket items such as homes and cars. Over the past 8 years credit has been used to purchase everything, ranging from food to vacations. We have been living in an inflated world (houses and stock market) and the bubble had to burst.

    October 27, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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