October 21st, 2008
08:50 PM ET

John McCain and an Army of Joes

[cnn-photo-caption image=
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/21/nan.the.plumber.jpg width=292 height=320]Byron York
National Review

Tito Munoz was ready to rock when John McCain showed here up at the Connaughton Community Plaza in Woodbridge, Virginia Saturday afternoon. Dressed in a yellow hard hat covered with McCain-Palin stickers, wearing an orange high-visibility vest, Munoz carried a hand-lettered sign that said CONSTRUCTION WORKER FOR McCAIN. He got a coveted spot in the bleachers directly behind McCain, where he could be seen in the camera shot along with the guy holding the sign that said PHIL THE BRICK LAYER and the woman with the ROSE THE TEACHER banner. He cheered a lot.

Everybody was playing on the Joe-the-Plumber theme. McCain spent a lot of time on it in his stump speech, using the now-famous Joe Wurzelbacher of Toledo, Ohio, as a stand-in for “small businessmen and women all over America [who] want to keep their earnings and not give it to the government.” McCain added that Obama’s response to Wurzelbacher — the assertion that it would be best to “spread the wealth around” — made Joe the Plumber “the only person to get a real answer out of Sen. Obama.”


Filed under: Joe the Plumber • John McCain
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Bill Leslie

    Would John McCain be running for President if he had been court marshalled for committing adultery during his tenure in Jacksonville FL.starting in 1974, as the commanding officer of the Replacement Air Group, while his wife Carol was recovering from a near fatal car crash on Christmas Eve of 1969?

    October 21, 2008 at 9:13 pm |
  2. Tony

    Anderson. Please can you and your panel explain one important matter that really beggars belief. Over the last week, all you hear is Senator John McCain saying Senator Barack Obama wants to spread Joe the Plumber's wealth around. Today I hear again how Joe the Plumber cant pay his own tax bill, and now there as been a website set up to PAY Joe the plumbers tax bill for him. " Is this what Senator McCain means about spreading the wealth around," taking or asking people to pay Joe's Tax bill, isn't that what Senator McCain criticized Senator Obama for, spreading the wealth around to help others. I think that's Socialism.

    Tony in Cambridge-England

    October 21, 2008 at 9:09 pm |
  3. Ed Smiley

    Boring! I am _so_ over Joe the Plumber.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  4. Pat A

    Instead of spreading out right lies about Obama's Policies and attacking Obama with vicious character assinations John McCain needs to – Tell Americans What He Is Going To Do RE: Taxes, Spending, the Economic Crisis, Mortgage Foreclosures, and Jobs?
    How can Americans compare the two Candidates when Obama is the only one explaining his plans and providing information in detail!
    When is the Straight Talk Express going to start talking instead of attacking and spreading lies? What's that John? I can't hear you!

    October 21, 2008 at 9:01 pm |