October 30th, 2008
09:23 AM ET
14 years ago

Joe the Plumber to team up with McCain Thursday

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/30/art.joe.gi.jpg caption="Joe The Plumber is hitting the trail with John McCain."](CNN) - Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, is set to team up with John McCain on the campaign trail Thursday.

He will appear at the Arizona senator's first event in Defiance, Ohio. Wurzelbacher also campaigned with Sarah Palin Wednesday.

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Swwind in CT

    Pathetic and sad.

    I wonder how many REAL plumbers WHO PAY THEIR LICENSE FEES think this clown is an appropriate symbol for a national campaign.

    October 30, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Brandon

    Aren't you liberals supposed to be the "open minded" ones?

    Wow, it sure is hypocritical that you tear down an honest woman and a blue collar working man for being who they are. Isn't that the traditional base of your party??

    Change is needed yes. But let's have smart change, and not the change on the whims of someone with hardly any substantive political experience. Wake up America.

    October 30, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Robert

    McCain called a plumber to come fix his campaign? He really is desparate. Funny - Nixon relied on Plumbers too (Watergate - read all about it). Republicans never change.

    October 30, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. sally

    Let see...he's not a licensed plummer, he owes back taxes and his name is not Joe...but other than that he's believable! The McCain campaign has picked another winner to represent them!

    October 30, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Democrats Rule!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!. A guy who isn't really a licensed plumber, owes back taxes and child support. Yeah, great job Johnny boy. Sarah won't be there so invite another delinquent. Cute.

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Beth

    I hope Joe and McCain will be able to explain to the people at the rally how they will keep continue giving the huge tax cuts to oil companies like the one reporting huge profits this quarter.

    "Largest U.S. oil company surges past analyst estimates to post net income of $14.83 billion."

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Glenn in California

    This is hilarious.

    In the closing days of the campaign, Obama's campaigning with President Clinton and McCain's campaigning with Joe the (fake) Plumber. What's wrong with this picture?

    This shows just how out of touch McCain is. While Obama talks about hope and the future, McCain clings to the past and keeps throwing "stuff" (e.g., Ayers, etc.) up against the wall hoping something will stick.

    Well, it ain't working. Our country and the world needs and is ready for President-elect Obama. As far as McCain, R.I.P.

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. gbrown2


    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. grahame

    I can hardly wait

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Accountant Guy

    Joe the Fake Plumber is pathetic. It was already revealed that he would be helped more by the Obama financial plan. However, he is not smart enough to realize that!! Get out and Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. paul

    The amount of contempt held by McCain/Palin to any form of educated level of discussion is astounding. The message is the dumber you are the better it is for the country. So much for science and enlightenment, let some plumber tell me what is right and what is wrong. Forget research let's just all believe in Jesus because he is right and all the other relgions are wrong......SIGH

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Enough of Joe the Plumber

    Why is McCain and Palin still talking about Joe the Plumber when in
    fact he was exposed for a fraud. He's not a licensed plumber, he
    does not make over 250,000 a year, and he did not pay his taxes.
    He would in fact benefit from the Obama tax plan. This just shows how
    McCain and Palin are still trying to insult the intelligence of Americans
    who actually have intelligence. One would think that after the truth is out that they would stop continuing telling the same lie. Having this guy at the rallies does them no good, and make him look like a fool tool. They are so out of touch.

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. arc, Lugano CH

    Based on his comments yesterday, Joe the Plumber should be the U.N. Special Envoy to the Middle East. He could offer Tony Blair his suggestions.

    While he’s at it, McCain ought to enlist the expertise of 6th Grade Dropout Racist Redneck Roger and/or Alcoholic Battered Klan Wife Karen.

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. California for Obama

    No way now I'm switching my vote to Mccain. haha yeah right.
    Mccain talks about that Obama wants to give non-taxpayers "your money" but yet he's going on the campaign with a tax evader, that John Mccain did not hesitate to make famous.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. jeremy - tx

    Anyone else notice McCain's trend for surrounding himself with people who most likely can't tell the difference between a sneeze and a wet fart? It's mind boggling to me. Does he do it simply to make himself look smarter, or is he really that blind?

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. ron

    This is a clear demonstration of John MCain's love of gimmicktry. This guy is a nobody when it comes to politics a MCCain ceation wiyh no significance. He's not even a plumber. Just another lie in MCCAIN/pALIN'S web. He likes to say as a new President he wont be tested because he's already been tested (another LIE because he was on active duty during the Bay of Pigs conflict in no way tested him as a commander -incheif, It actually tested JFK. He's no more tested than Obama.

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. rjl1

    Just what a campaign in the toilet calls for!

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. IowaMom

    And we are supposed to care what this guy says why? Because he represents people like me? No, I pay my taxes and my husband actually has a license for his trade.

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Borat

    will he be singing a COUNTRY LITTLE DIDDY ??

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Typical Republican "latch on to the common folks" maneuver (or who we think may represent the common folks since we don't really know or understand).

    What does this guy actually represent? Lies (he's not a plumber or buying a business), tax evasion (speaks for itself), stupidity (giving his two bit comment on Israel – OMG!). And people are falling for it. Have we really gotten that stupid? If so, where do we go from here?

    And did anyone catch the videos of those people in lines in OH and PA outside Palin rallies. This is the Republican base? Does that mean they're the party of hate and fear? They certainly didn't express the Christian mind set where I grew up. God help us all.

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Joi

    I live in Ohio. Joe the Plumber owes back taxes, is not a licensed plumber, and here is the kicker.....he is not even registered to vote. So McCain/Palin can have him. Obama has Colin the General

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Georgiaboy

    I wonder if the GOP will spend any $$$ on a wardrobe for Joe the Plumber.

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Lisa

    I thought McCain was trying to win this election. Why is he campaigning with such a loser. JTP is the dumbest gimmick I have ever heard of. Why can't McCain see that?

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Alisha In Fl

    Who really cares..Joe is Plumber is a proven liar and so is John McCain...That's all John McCain campaign has come down too is lies and half truths.. what a pity..

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. Joyce

    Joe I guess...after this will be a "Licensed Plumer"! This is past pathetic on behalf of the McCain Campaign! Joe looks so guilty when he's out there. Who can honestly take the "Palin-McCain" Administration serious now!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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