October 30th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
14 years ago

Joe the no show

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(CNN) - Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, has become an integral part of John McCain's presidential bid, but it appears the Arizona senator's campaign and the now-famous Toledo plumber need to work on their communication skills.

McCain aides told CNN's Dana Bash Wurzelbacher would appear with the Republican presidential candidate at his first campaign event in Defiance, Ohio. But in what was a slightly awkward moment for McCain, Wurzelbacher was nowhere to be seen when the Arizona senator called out for him.

Read Dana Bash's first person account of the mix up on AC360 blog

A campaign aide later said Wurzelbacher had "decided not to come" and may join McCain later in the day.

But reached at his home by CNN's Mary Snow, Wurzelbacher said it was "news to him" that he was supposed to be at the McCain rally. Wurzelbacher said nobody from the McCain campaign confirmed he was attending the event and called the incident a "miscommunication."

Wurzelbacher also said he is headed to Philadelphia for a charity event unrelated to the campaign and has no plans to meet up with McCain today.

UPDATE: Contacted by CNN a second time, Wurzelbacher said the campaign only called him to confirm after the event in question already took place.  He will now try to meet up with McCain later in the day.

Watch: 'Joe': McCain 'a real American'

Wurzelbacher also said he had gotten an initial call about coming to the morning rally, "but no one called back to confirm," and was "not happy" that McCain had called out his name and he wasn't there.

Filed under: Joe the plumber • John McCain
soundoff (511 Responses)
  1. herbert c pete

    My concern is about the plight of our veterans and their health care as they return from these wars!!! I am a 62 year old Vietnam 66/67, Iran Hostage Crisis 79/80, who has been begging/appealing for the last 10 years concerning 3 appeals, one in which the va sent me/family documentation stating I was diagnosed positive for AIDS,etc!!! Until this day no one has responded favorably an not at all since April 10 1998 with no regard to what this letter did to my family!!! Thats why we need a candidate that will have the interest of the american veterans as a priorty a candidate that will not let our veterans die/suffer in wars or after wars!!!! 10 years my cases still pending, I guess the va is waitng for me to expire!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Peggy in Ohio

    The Republican party should ban everybody involved in organizing McCain's campaign from the party. They have made a mockery of a good senator.
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. SoCal

    Someone please tell John McCain that Joe The Plumber won't show up unless you make a deal with his publicist first!

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Zeppo

    Speaking of Joe the Plumber, why doesn't Obama spread some of his wealth.

    Instead of wasting his money on expensive infomercials he should have put 30 million directly into the wealthfare system.

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. MD

    OKAY. Who in their right minds could even think of voting for these idiots... That's why people keep calling them racist. If you can still vote for these DUMB A's who can't even keep track of "JTP" then there is something more going on in your heads.

    Have a little faith. Give the SMART BLACK GUY a chance...

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |


    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Fred

    It's pretty bad when you are drowning and the plumber doesn't show up!

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Mary

    That is priceless!!! He's favorite prop didn't show up. No matter, it's not going to make a difference anyway. They say Obama is trying to buy the vote, but Joe the Plumber is the biggest scam going.

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Dbing!

    It'll be "Pitbull Palin" and "Joe Da Plumma" for 2012. They are the new "Mavericks". "Pitbull Palin" for bucking her own party and John McCain, and Joe for bucking his profession by not getting certified as a plummer; Got to be one of the smartest plummer in the world; he know more about political issues then the "Pitbull" I wonder, if he was a "McCain operative" seeking a "Gotcha Moment". Oh well, here comes the new Republican leadership!

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. That's ok

    Things happen. Its not a big deal but of course Obama supporters will try and make it a big deal. Its not like McCain did not show up or Palin – give me a break folks.

    Its better that happens than watching that 30 minute Obama clip last night. It was downright strange. Obama should have had a "live" 30 minute infocommercial with people being able to talk to him and see him in person. Obviously he does not want anyone to be able to ask him anything. Another thing about Obama to be concerned about – he is not available to the public. Creepy – solcialist type of behaviour – scary. He is sneaky and controlling. He is someone to be afraid of if given power to America that is for sure.

    Concerned American

    McCain/Palin 2008

    October 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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