(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.
Joe, do you make more then $250,000 a year? Enough said!!
GREAT NEWS!!!!!!! I wonder will Joe the Plumber get a $150k Rack of clothes!!!!
This is what they do. They rally around people they like, rather than people who have qualifications, blow up what 'references' they have, to the point of farce, elect them, then get mad at 'the Party' when this person messes everything up, because the person had to 'fight' and was out numbered, rather than thinking the person was a bad choice in the first place.
Because no matter how a person does, they can say they were in charge and it was someone elses fault.
So let me think, which is a better endorsement? Joe the Fake Plumber or Colin Powell!! Get out and Barack the Vote America!!
This guy doesn't even have the resources to buy a business.
This guy doesn't even have a license to be a plumber.
This guy makes $40K a year so he would benefit under Obama.
This guy needs to pay his taxes and shut up-maybe he is trying to ask McCain in a roundabout way to pay for his taxes for him-but wouldn't that be spreading the wealth.
Joe the Plumber need to stick the plunger in his mouth.
It'd be a much better for Joe to use his time to get his license and pay off his tax liens
Big deal, what an endorsement!
Maybe Stevens can endorse McBush and Palin, since both him and Palin are corrupt politician from Alaska. Get out and Barack the Vote America!!
"Taxes will not be raised on those making $250k or more!" – Barack Obama one week ago.
"Taxes will not be raised on those making $200k or more!" – Barack Obama this past weekend.
"Taxes will not be raised on those making $150k or more!" – Joe Biden yesterday.
I am laughing so hard at Democrats!!!! HUGE CHARACTER FLAWS with these guys.
SEE YOU AT THE POLLS SUCKERS!
He just won't vote for him...
MY HEART! MY HEART! It may not survive the shock!!!!!!
pay your taxes and then maybe i'll care what you have to say.
Who cares that Joe the unlicensed plumber endorses McCain. If he starts his bisiness it will be small enought that the Republicans will not care about him.
The registered Republican is backing McCain? Shocking. And he of all people should know what Obama said as he was there! McCain can take it out of context, but I expected better from Joe the Plumber.
Who cares? Samuel the fake plumber has already been sucked in and paid off by the Republican party....you've got to be kidding me.
P.S. – It won't change anyone's votes. This guy's a nobody.
Joe the plumber can't even vote so who cares what he says.
Wow this is groundbreaking! I am a lifelong Democrat but if Joe the Plumber is going to back McCain, then I will too. Of course, he isn't an actual plumber and isn't named Joe but that type of deceit is good in a President. It worked wonders for Nixon and Bush. It takes a special kind of stupid to think that this moron's endorsement will sway any voters. He's the third most annoying campaign gimmick the McCain campaign has foisted on the public; right after "I was a POW" McCain and Caribou Barbie. Please, please go away.
who cares , it's a losing effort .................on another note , has anyone notice how extra negative Mcain and the republicans has been in the last two days ............................and they call themselves Americans , if you want to know who the real terrorist are just look at Mcain/Bush and the PNAC DOCUMENTS ...............YOU'LL BECOME ENLIGHTEN .
John McCain says. I will make them famous, you will know their names. Thats right Sen. we all now know Joe.
Wow, you can just smell the desperation. Maybe "Joe" can use his magic plumbing tools to unclog McCain and Palin's collective brains.
oh yeah!!! Joe the Plumber reflects what a true America is...COMMON SENSE!!!
I wish I could see the faces of all those people who think OBAMA going to WIN!!! who think he's on par as the Second coming of Jesus!!
I heard this Black-Lady today scold this hispanic lady for supporting McCain...The Black Lady said..."IM SUPPORTIN' OBAMA, You have to ALSO!!!! IM GONNA BUY ME A HUMVEE SINCE HE GONNA MAKE GAS A DOLLER-A-GALLON"
lol who believes that!! Obviously Obamanites so...silly Fools!!!
Scare tactics– that's what the Republicans are good at anymore. They try to keep people afraid of some unknown and then tell them that the Republicans will keep them safe. What a crock!!
And isn't it pathetic that this Joe guy has become some kind of celebrity for what???? Nothing... nada.... zilch. The man is a pawn in the Republican game plan for right now. In another week, they'll drop him like the plague and never again give him so much as the time of day.
Duhhhhhhh... this is news??
Maybe now, that he's finally decided this and the country can let out a breath, he can concentrate on getting his plumbers license. He must have been one of the "lean McCain" He truly is a Richard Cranium!!
Can we get this election over now–I think I'm going to freak out if I hear "Joe the Plumber" many more times. What an idiotic non-issue story from the worst-run campaign in decades. Might have more weight in it if Joe really were a plumber, or if any of what he told Obama about his business plans or his earnings were true.
That's alright. I heard Darryll the garbageman backs Obama.