[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/10/16/joe.plumber/art.joe.wurzelbacher.gi.jpg caption= "Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with 'Joe the Plumber' Wurzelbacher at a Sunday campaign event."]
There's been a lot of discussion here in our newsroom about "Joe the plumber."
For starters, we're asking who is Joe? Well, his real name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher. The 34 year old single father lives near Toledo, Ohio. He got thrust into the spotlight during last night's presidential debate when McCain brought him up. By the end of the debate both candidates mentioned "Joe the Plumber" more than 10 times.
"I was just really surprised that my name was mentioned," he told reporters after the debate. "I think it helped them get their points across, so I was happy about that," he added.
"Joe the Plumber" met Senator Obama at a campaign event on Sunday and told him he was a plumber trying to buy a business and feared his taxes would increase under Obama's economic proposals.
We discovered today he's not a licensed plumber. He admits he's not likely to make close to $250,000, so he'd likely get a tax break under Obama's plan. He also owes back taxes, according to court documents.
On the campaign trail today, "Joe the plumber" was mentioned several times by both camps.
"The real winner last night was Joe the plumber. Joe's the man. He won and small businesses won across America because the American people are not going to let Sen. Obama raise their taxes in a tough economy," said Sen. McCain in Downingtown, Pa.
His opponent shot back at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
"He's trying to suggest a plumber is a guy he's fighting for. How many plumbers do you know making a quarter million dollars a year?," asked Sen. Obama.
Do you think this "battle" over "Joe the plumber" is valid? Does it even matter? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
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