'Joe the Plumber' launches bid for Congress
October 25th, 2011
09:51 PM ET
11 years ago

'Joe the Plumber' launches bid for Congress

(CNN) - Samuel Wurzelbacher, also known as "Joe the Plumber," kicked off his congressional campaign Tuesday night, hoping to win over an Ohio House seat for the GOP.

"Our current system is all about control. It needs to be fixed," Wurzelbacher said. "They keep on putting duct tape on it. I'm not the kind of plumber that uses duct tape."

Wurzelbacher gained GOP rock-star status in 2008 after challenging then-presidential candidate and Sen. Barack Obama on his small-business tax plan.

His confrontation quickly became a popular anecdote in the presidential election, frequently used as a campaign message by the Republican Sen. John McCain and running-mate Sarah Palin.

The plumber-turned-celebrity has since capitalized on his fame by writing a book and making multiple media and campaign appearances.

While he turned down a chance to run for office in 2010, he's now challenging Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the longest-serving Democratic woman in the House, to represent Ohio's 9th congressional district.

Making his announcement at Tony Packo's, a Hungarian restaurant in Toledo, the candidate said he's confident of a win, as said he knows how to "keep it simple."

"I don't have to remember what I said five years ago because I believe it. That's what it comes down to," he said. "They're not going to catch me in a lie. I'm not concerned about that at all. You've got to keep it simple and that's what it comes down to running for Congress."

- CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • House of Representatives • Joe the plumber • Ohio
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. ForgetfulMuch

    Didn't this guy not pay his taxes, run several failing businesses, and complain about how taxes that didn't apply to him would ruin his business that was already doing pretty poorly?

    October 26, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. SuperD

    Joe is a hero. He was the first one to get Obama to admit he's a socialist. Too bad too many independent voters did not notice that and we got stuck with Barry the Community Organizer for a president.

    October 26, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Ted

    Further proof, republicans are a joke. It must suck to be an actual republican and have to watch your party be turned into a circus. This guy is not even qualified to be a real plumber!

    October 26, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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