Where’s Joe?

By Samantha Hayes in Washington

John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, talk about “Joe the Plumber” frequently during their campaign rallies. The tall, bald-headed plumber from Toledo, Ohio, has become the embodiment of McCain’s closing argument against his opponent.  McCain says Obama will raise taxes on small businesses, preventing middle class folks like Joe Wurzelbacher to achieve his image of the American Dream.  Wurzelbacher exploded onto the political scene when he told Barack Obama that his tax plan would hurt small business owners. The McCain campaign seized on that exchange and “Joe the Plumber” became a central figure in the last presidential debate a couple weeks ago. Since then, Wurzelbacher is frequently interviewed by network news programs, attends debate rallies with the candidates, and with cameras rolling, recently endorsed McCain’s presidential bid.

So it seemed a little strange this morning when in Defiance, Ohio, Joe was a no-show.  At the rally, the first of several across the battleground of Ohio today, McCain called out to the crowd asking, “Where’s Joe?”  Wurzelbacher said the McCain camp called him about coming to the morning rally, but did not call again to confirm. He said he was “not happy” that McCain called attention to his absence by calling out his name but will try to meet up with McCain later in the day.

Samantha Hayes is a national correspondent for CNN Newsource based in Washington, D.C. She contributes political stories to KSAT-12. You can learn more about her here.

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2 Comments on “Where’s Joe?”

  1. sfokc6125 Says:

    Has anyone looked into the LA tape as a matter for Homeland Security ? Seeing Obamais running for the top of the chain of command it only reasons that you look into any associations with known terrorists. We cant have a terrorist loving President. Unless he has something to hide where is the hard. Wait its the hard question again. the DNC says run a way.
    Under the Patriot Act they don’t have to give it to GOP but they do have to turn it in to Homeland Security .
    email your congressman NOW put the word out to all that will listen.

  2. jeff Says:

    Has anyone bothered telling Joe that, considering the extent to which his fears are skewed towards paying taxes, he’s campaigning for the wrong candidate? Buy the dream company or not, Slow Joe would get a better tax cut under Obama’s plan (when Joe asked the question about his fake plans that ‘caught Obama off guard’, he didn’t understand that the fake net value would be far under the mark where he, under Obama’s plan, would theoretically have had to pay a few hundred dollars, – that’s right Joe, only the portion that goes above the ‘Obama limit’ gets the higher tax rate – in other words, Joe needed to make a fake story about a much more expensive company, one that no one like him will ever be able to buy, an one whose owners would never be hurt by the most ‘liberal’ of taxes).
    Or maybe a more simple path to the Joe problem would be to ask: has anyone bothered telling Slow Joe that the tax plan he’s supporting is already in place and has been for a number of years. It obviously hasn’t helped Joe buy that company, and from what I understand about his current situation, it hasn’t helped him at all. In other words, it’s not a question of convincing people that it’s a scam and won’t work, but rather that it DIDN’T work. One thing that it did do was aid the process by which we got burned into paying 700 billion to the same people to whom Bush/McCain did give/want to keep giving the bulk of the tax-break benefits. I’ve forgotten the estimates from years ago warning us of the cost of Bush’s plan, warnings that are real now. But I’ve seen reports by independent tax institutions for the McCain version: just a hair under 1.5 trillion. Isn’t 700 billion enough to give to these people?
    But getting back to Joe, maybe he’s not so slow. Not long ago, I told myself that there’s no stretch of the imagination that could see Joe doing better under McCain’s plan than under Obama’s. I’ve suddenly realized that there are 2 ways, the first not really a stretch, the second a slight one, that Joe could join the McCain tax club: he could make campaign speeches for money or even run for office ; or, he could sue McCain for making a fool out of him by not telling him that Obama would be better for the real Slow Joe as well as the imaginary company-owning Joe.


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