October 28th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Joe the Plumber backs McCain

(CNN) - The McCain campaign is getting some help from Joe the Plumber in the key battleground state of Ohio.

Campaigning with a McCain surrogate, former Congressman Rob Portman, Joe Wurzelbacher took aim at Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, saying he wanted to redistribute the wealth. He told reporters, “We’re not a socialist country. That bothers me. It scares me. That’s the reason why I came out here. I’m really scared for our country,” he said.

“John McCain is spreading an important message for all of us. For small businesses. That’s really important,” said Wurzelbacher.

He told reporters “I’m not going to sit here and tell you which way to vote” - but he may be working to influence voters. A campaign aide says it’s possible Wurzelbacher will campaign in states outside Ohio, including Pennsylvania. Wurzelbacher himself has not confirmed the possibility.

While McCain has never met Joe the Plumber, the two have spoken. McCain has scheduled a two-day bus tour in Ohio starting Thursday. Asked whether the two will hit the trail together, campaign spokesman Paul Lindsay said Wurzelbacher approached the campaign earlier this week offering to help, and that they are is “open to whatever Joe is comfortable doing.”

Wurzelbacher shot to instant fame when John McCain brought him up during the last presidential debate. At an Obama campaign appearance, he Ohio native had challenged the Illinois senator on his tax plan, saying he wanted to buy a small business for $250,000 and was worried about taxes he might face.

Wurzelbacher later revealed he was talking about a possibility - that he makes far less than $250,000, and would not currently be taxed under Obama’s plan. He also came under intense scrutiny that included questions about whether he was even registered to be a plumber.

“There is a lot of, a lot of different taxes. Capital gains. Different things. It’s hard to follow all of that to be honest with you,” Wurzelbacher said Tuesday. “But if you look at the basic facts, [Obama] wants to spend a million or a trillion dollars in new spending. Where is he going to get it?”

Ohio’s inspector general is looking into reports that Wurzelbacher’s information was accessed on state databases. Cuyahoga Support Enforcement Agency Director Jim Viviani tells CNN he is trying to determine whether one of his employees accessed Wurzelbacher’s information on October 17, the day after the last presidential debate. Wurzelbacher doesn’t live in the county and Viviani says there would be no reason to access his records.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (398 Responses)
  1. NTT

    Johnny o Johnny how can you be dumber

    You brought on an incompetent VP newcomer

    With that you lost our vote over the summer

    And are left with the support of a wannabe plumber

    And who really cares what Joe really thinks

    He's so out of touch and his opinion stinks

    of sewage, and lies, and the Koolaid he drinks

    and the Palin stands by and denies her links

    to a crowd that is smitten by her lies as she winks

    Smiling unknowing they sit on the brink

    while the music is playing their titanic sinks

    October 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. George the writer

    A vile, thoroughly disagreeable political opportunist .... this sums up what Joe, John and Sarah all have to offer the USA ... the Unqualified State of Attention Seekers.

    October 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Patrick in NJ

    We're still discussing this person? Aren't his 15 minutes up yet? Sheesh.

    October 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. lvhb

    One more potential Republican Congress!!!! Joe can run for Congress, and few years later another John McCain will pick him as VP. Congratulation GOP.

    October 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey I hope Bill Clinton offers a cigar or two or three to Obama. He may need them even if he doesn't smoke.

    Clinton the immoral president campaigning with a socialist . Now that is a sweet two some. Both Ivy leaguers also. Nice. ring don't you think?

    Wealth redistribution? WOW give me a break. And Barbara the 65 year old piece of white trash. You are a piece of work.

    October 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |



    October 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Joe The Skinhead

    How much has the Republican Party paid this guy.. ? He probably is for McCain..he is also obviously a dull minded twit. Barack explained things to him personally , up front and intelligently.. this guy is aJoe the Dummy!

    October 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Dixie AZ

    From the beginning, I have suspected that Joe is a McCain plant. Can't prove it, but the whole thing stinks. What is Joe going to do to help McCain? Most people are really tired of Joe. If McCain were smart he would listen to the people and talk about specific plans he has for solving the countrys problems. But, McCain is a "male diva," he doesn't listen to anyone. He hears only his own voice.

    October 28, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Biff

    Fred said;
    October 28th, 2008 6:39 pm ET

    Only Obama supporters would be low enough to hate on an American and call him an idiot. Welcome to America democrats. If you don't like our capitalism, go back to Russia!!!!!!

    If a person is too stupid (or brainwashed by hannity and fox) to realize they are being tricked into voting against his own best interest AGAIN..
    then... American or not... HE "IS" AN IDIOT.
    AND IF YOU SCREAM SOCIALISM... THEN DON'T USE 'OUR' ROADS, (build your own). don't use OUR police... (protect and serve yourself)... don't use OUR fire department... (put out your own fire). don't use OUR sewers.. (crap in your own yard)... don't use OUR postal servce... (use your own carrier pigeons)... don't live under the protections of OUR armed forces... GO THE HELL SOMEPLACE ELSE!

    October 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. Meko

    The McCain camp looks more pathetic by the day.....now there taking political advice from a plumber !!!!!

    October 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Mar

    Joe the idiot has been a plant all along. Too many stupid people sucked in by Johnnys games.

    October 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Sick Of The Machine

    Yeah, and Mccain giving 300 billion of taxpayers money to banks to pay for BAD mortgages isn't. The banks got what they deserved they don't deserve ONE dollar! WAKE UP AMERICA, GET A CLUE. Joe will do better under Barack's plan than McCain's. How can people be so stupid.

    October 28, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. voting 4 that one!

    McCains plans to create jobs is to reduce corporate tax from 35% to 25%, citing that the reason corporation ship jobs overseas is the low corporate tax of others countries like Ireland with 11% tax.

    Call me stupid, but can anyone explain how 25% tax compared with 11% tax would bring back jobs. This plan is nothing but welfare for large corporations that continue to ship jobs overseas.

    Also can anyone exlain how business would hire more employees when there are no demand for the product and service they are provide. let me simplify this for everyone.

    Consumer with no money= no demand for products.
    No demand for products= no profits for businesses.
    No profits for businesses= no hiring of new jobs.

    so lower tax for corporation= large pay checks for CEO



    October 28, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. soccer mom

    Everyone wants their face in the camera. Next, Palin will be running for president and Joe for V.P. They are celebrities now and will have their followers.

    October 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Jim L.

    Joe the Plumber is a fraud who never had any intention of voting for anyone but McGramps. He can take his plunger, if he truly has one, and stick it up his sink hole.

    October 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Chicken Little's Hardhat Company

    The best was when Neil Cavuto on Fox News was asking Joe the Plumber what he thought about the markets and the financial crisis. I'm sorry, but I don't give a rip what a plumber thinks about macroeconomics. I don't get financial advice from a plumber, just as I don't ask my garbage man about my cholesterol, just as I don't ask my accountant about what type of oil to put in my car...

    October 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    I have to say that I am SO sick of hearing the Republicans keep saying that Obama is going to spread the wealth around. It does not matter how many times the truth is told, the Repubs act like they simply did not hear it.... even if they are right there as it is being said.

    Who are you going to believe? Me? Or your crazy old eyes and ears?
    I think we are pretty sick all of us of hearing this stupid refrain from the Republicans.... and McCain and Palin..... as well as Joe the NOT REALLY a Plumber!

    October 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. MikeH

    Fred, we don't hate Samuel, we just think he is a liar, a tax cheat, and a fool. What are your weak points Fred? Other than being blind to the truth?

    October 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. jd

    I wouldn't let joe the fool hook up a garden hose.or slip n slide

    October 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. hometowndemocrat

    Scott L.....

    Do yourself a favor and find out the WHOLE story before torturing us with your ignorant posts!

    October 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Erik

    Fraud, fake, GOP shill. This guy is bogus.

    October 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Jeffrey

    Wait a minute. Wasn't this guy a plant to begin with? This is newsworthy?

    October 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. brian

    He told reporters “I’m not going to sit here and tell you which way to vote”

    What an idiot. And if this guy keeps complaining the media won't leave him alone, why does he keep commenting on the race?!

    October 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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