February 15th, 2010
06:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Joe the Plumber lashes out at McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/15/art.joeplumber.gi.jpg caption="Joe the Plumber is finished with McCain."]Washington (CNN) - He was one of the faces of John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008, but Joe Wurzelbacher - better known to the world as "Joe the Plumber" - is apparently finished with the Arizona senator.

"John McCain is no public servant," Wurzelbacher said at a campaign rally Saturday in Pennsylvania for long shot gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer. Later, in an interview with Pennsylvania Public Radio, he dismissed the suggestion that he owes his fame to McCain.

"I don't owe him sh*t," Wurzelbacher said. "He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it."

"McCain was trying to use me," he said. "I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy."

Wurzelbacher said he's also done with Sarah Palin because she is backing McCain's re-election bid in Arizona.

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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Steve From NH

    Joe the whining moron more like it...

    February 15, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Papasan

    "McCain was trying to use me", what an idiot, it took you how long to figure out what the whole Nation knew...

    February 15, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Kyle, Virginia

    Why is "joe the plumber" relevant? Ignore this fool.

    February 15, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. glen beck is off his meds again

    OMG! is this moron for real????? BWAHHHHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! He is a loser low life from the middle of nowhere, and the only people that support him are about 1/4 of the morons that support Palin. WOW, mccain screwed his life up? REALLY? WHAT LIFE?????? This guy is grade A TRAILOR TRASH!

    February 15, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. maine liberal

    Oh my

    "I don't owe him s-," Wurzelbacher said. "He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it."

    Joe screws up his own life everytime he opens his mouth.
    How's that plumbing business going for Ya in PA.

    February 15, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. katiec

    Well, CNN, you really are going to the bottom of the barrel to quote joe the plumber. While I do not like or support Mccain, Joe did get his fifteen minutes of fame through him. Although that is more than this idiot deserves he most certainly would not be a headline on any creditible web, that is except CNN.

    February 15, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Michelle

    Boo Hoo. So the lying Republican that is Joe the Plumber (i.e. Sam the unemployed) is now biting the hands that fed him to the media and made him a household name? Big surprise. I expect Palin to throw McCain under the bus too, if her handlers suspect for an instant that McCain might lose his re-election bid, or if the Tea Party she is now taking her marching orders from decides to back a challenger. Politics as usual.

    February 15, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. CommonSense09

    Now this is so funny....How the McCain team wanted to have a picture perfect campaign but again it seems like everyone has jumped ship which they wanted to make like they were the ticket best for America??? Palin quit, Joe the Plumber dismissed both McCain/Palin and he ran a nasty campaign......Wow!!! Lesson: The Lord knows best.....

    February 15, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Pete

    Joe..Joe..Joe...you're the one who "used" your unearned fame to get a book contract, media tour, speaking gigs, etc.

    Just because you failed in your endeavors Joe, that doesn't necessarily mean that your failures are Mr. McCain's fault.

    Seriously, do conservatives ever take responsibility for anything anymore?

    February 15, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Joe the Plumber????????????


    February 15, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Roger

    The smartest thing Joe ever said, WE DEMS knew at the time it was just a ploy....

    February 15, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. joelpalmer

    Joe the plumber isn't a plumber and his name is not Joe; he is a phony. His mind is not stable and he hasn't a coherent thought.

    Why do you give him any space at all?

    February 15, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    Nobody cares what you have to say you unemployed loser. You like Failin Palin are trying to stay relevant but failing miserably

    February 15, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Kate

    Finally Joe, you woke up. The general public could see u were only being used. You better stick with Obama. He is more for the middle class. He worked his way up, wasn't handed to him or from a rich family. Not everything he does is perfect but he is trying to help this country out of the ditch GW put us in.

    February 15, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Tim

    Better watch it Joe, you don't want to get on Sarah's bad side, LOL!!! You are as much a joke as she is. You both were used by John McCain like paid escorts. But you did get you 15 minutes of fame, so stop crying!!!

    February 15, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Melissa

    Interesting. Joe the Plumber has more of a brain than I thought.

    February 15, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. jpetz

    Is this guy still in the news? Hopefully he's used the money from his 15min of fame to get that plumber's journeyman's card. But I suspect he has higher aspirations these days so plumbing is no longer in the picture. Too bad since I can see this clown back on welfare in the near future.

    February 15, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Joe is just trying to keep up his public personna, and make gains from that. That seems to be what everyone does, once thrust in the public eye.

    February 15, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Michael-SC

    Joe, the wannabee.
    wannabe plummer, wannabe advisor, nothing but a wannabe.
    Did he pay his back-taxes yet? does he have a license yet?
    Joe and Sarah show what people McCain selected. Glad he lost.

    February 15, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. jgzeger

    It sure appeared for a while that Joe the Plumber was trying to capitalize on his windfall fame brought about byJohn McCain and now he's calling McCain down. Joe the Plumber is a jerk!

    February 15, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Dan

    Sounds like a case of sour grapes since Joe couldn't turn his 15 minutes of fame into anything lucrative. Sorry this wasn't the gravy train you were looking for Joe. You'll just need to keep working like the rest of us.

    February 15, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. Robert

    And I'm sure both Palin and McCain will be sleepless over his harsh words....

    I don't know which statement is dummer – that McCain had nothing to do with Joe the Plummer's fame, or that he is the face of middle America.

    It's apparently just dawned on Joe that 'it was a ploy.' It was apparent to most of the rest of us from day 1.

    February 15, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Terry from West Texas

    Gather any five Conservatives together and each of them will accuse the others of not being "TRUE" Conservatives – as if Conservatism was a set of clearly defined beliefs. Conservatism is a sales kit. It is a small inventory of arguments which are designed to oppose pretty much anything and to support pretty much anything. Conservatives are on all sides of all arguments at the same time.

    The only thing Conservatives agree on is that non-Conservatives have no rights, should not be elected to anything, and deserve the contempt of the world. Conservatives believe that they, and only they, are entitled to win elections. Why? I have no idea.

    Most Conservatives in Congress are embarrassingly dumb. They use big words they cannot define. They cannot name the last ten presidents and their primary accomplishments. They cannot define Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, or even Conservatism.

    On the other hand, they have terrific taste in suits.

    February 15, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Alpha Male

    This guy is back in the news? What a jerk.

    February 15, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Old White Virginia Female

    Did this guy just crawl out from under a rock and have no idea what politics is all about? I approve of his rejections of McCain and Palin, but his are not the right reasons!

    February 15, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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