(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 , doesnt like taxes to the point where he owes the IRS! not much on taxes huh. obama's plan seems to save him some on the current taxes he's not much on paying. i'm going to call myself a plumber too w/o even having a liscense to do so.
I guess this guy doesn't want the tax breaks Obama is offering him. I guess he'd rather live under the delusion that most small business owners make more than $250,000.
WHO CARES! THROW THIS GUY BACK UNDER THE ROCK. SINCE WE A STEREOTYPING HE IS A TYPICAL McCAIN/PALIN SUPPORTER.
GOD HELP US IF THESE REPUBLICANS GET INTO OFFICE YET AGAIN.
Too bad he can't vote for him since he's not registered.
This guy is the biggest joke to come out of this entire thing, well, besides that nutjob Sarah Palin.
This is really becoming a pain in the butt. I mean who cares what this guys thinks or says. He is not running for president. While he's out and about with his face in the camera, doesn't he have a job he needs to be at?
He spends too much time trying to get tv time.
I'm Stephanie the small business owner, and I voted early for Barack Obama (oh, and I only hire licensed plumbers).
Oh my god... A republican is actually supporting McCain.
One of a last in a dying breed. This is noteworthy.
Maybe Joe ought to carve a backwards "B" on his face and then have the McCain communications manager tell the press that a black man did this to him and B stands for Obama. Why not kill two birds with one stone?
LOL, did Joe "the plumber" thing it was socialism when it was Bill Clinton enacting the tax rates? We have had a progressive tax system for who knows how long, but now it is socialism? In 2000, John McCain was defending the view of the rich paying more in taxes but now it is socialism.
My dog, Poochie The Poodle is protesting. He wants just as much face time as Joe The Plumber. He says his opinion is just as important because he's "thinking" about buying a plumbing business also. He also behind in paying his taxes, like Joe. He wants to know if America is bias because he's a dog.
Let the dogs vote!
Poochie the Poodle
Please stop reporting about Joe the Plumber! I'm getting tired of hearing it at least a hundred times every day. What does Joe the plumber have to do with the economy and the two wars that is going on. PLEASE get back to the issues and the candidates. Its like the media is all over this guy. Thanks!
Tax evation and votes republican, no suprise there.
the Mc Cain campagn organized this plot entirely. Joe the plumber was payed to do all this. Can't wait to finish with all this nonsence.
Obama / Biden 08
Joe your 15 minutes are up
Hey what happened to my comment about CNN obsessed with this guy and Palin– Losers for Losers!!!!!
Message to Joe the Plumber – I have been a small businessman for the past 20 years and I support Barack Obama – he is the best choice for our country at this time – I am also retired from the miltary having served on active duty for 21 years – we are not all being taken in by McCain and Palin. Just maybe you should take a second look as there are lots of folks just like me.
My dog, Poochie The Poodle is protesting. He wants just as much face time as Joe The Plumber. He says his opinion is just as important because he's "thinking" about buying a plumbing business also. He's also behind in paying his taxes, like Joe. He wants to know if America is bias because he's a dog.
Let the dogs vote!
Poochie the Poodle
he should be more scared of IRS, clown!
If he is too ignorant to vote for the person whose policies have been shown to be vastly in his favor, than he can go right ahead. See us crazy liberals think that you have the right to make decisions for yourself, even if they are really really stupid.
Comrad Obama we servants bow to you oh master!
Please tax the rich white man so I may continue to do nothing but eat the fried chicken the rich white man paid for.
Joe is only one voter, who by the way ,lied about that he was anywhere near buying a business. He does not, obviously know what socialism is and confuses it with a progressive tax system. You want things to get worse in the economy for 95% of Americans -vote McCain. You think the top 5% should continue to profit off 95% of the country-vote McCain. You don't get that there are so many loopholes that corporations pay the lowest taxes (regardless of their tax bracket) -vote Mc Cain. You are not going to complain that you can't afford the rising cost of living and decrease in salary, benefits, and medicare for the next four years-vote McCain. He's not Joe the Plumber -he's JOE theDUMBER
WHY IS THIS NEWS!!! ITS JUST ANOTHER DUMMY FOR MCCAIN!
CNN who the hell cares about Joe The Plumber AKA SAM. What the heck is going on with his 15 minute famer? I wouldn't care if he support my momma, who the heck cares...
What a sad commentary on the McCain/Palin campaign?
Joe the plumber is a fraud . He is not a licensed plumber. He does not have the money to purchase the two-man plumbing business where he works. The two-man plumbing business where he works is not even for sale.
McCain and Palin are not good for America. They are devisive and focus on our differences which can only further polarize our country.
McCain has sold his soul for the presidency. It is quite pathetic, actually.
Palin is the laughing stock of the world. I guess she never heard the old adage, "it is best to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." I'm certain the people of Alaska are ashamed of her and ashamed of themselves for selecting her as governor.
The guy owes back taxes and works in pooh all day-the republican party is a good place for him!