“Joe the Plumber” is a regular guy. He is so regular that he might be in some trouble with the IRS and he never bothered to get a license as a plumber even though he cleans out and bends lots of pipe. But after he bacame a household focal point of the “regular guy,” not unlike “Joe Sixpack,” an unusual thing happened….the Obama smaer team including Barack Obama and Joe Biden went after “Joe the Plumber” just to dicredit him and make him look bad. This shows how afraid Team Obama is of facing the truth about their economic and tax plans; even though the Obama camp has a big lead in the polls and a huge pile of cash to use against McCain….
(CNN) — After rocketing Joe ‘the plumber’ Wurzelbacher to stardom at Wednesday’s presidential debate, John McCain is defending the headline-grabbing undecided Ohio voter from what he calls Obama campaign “attacks.”
“Last weekend, Senator Obama showed up in Joe’s driveway to ask for his vote, and Joe asked Senator Obama a tough question,” McCain told voters in Miami Friday. “The response from Senator Obama and his campaign yesterday was to attack Joe. People are digging through his personal life and he has TV crews camped out in front of his house. He didn’t ask for Senator Obama to come to his house.”
Wurzelbacher, who met Obama last weekend when the Illinois senator campaigned in his Ohio neighborhood, asked Obama whether his taxes would be raised if he bought a business and made $250,000. Obama conceded that they would — a comment McCain repeatedly sought to highlight at the third and final presidential debate earlier this week, when the plumber found himself thrust into the media spotlight.
“He wasn’t recruited or prompted by our campaign. He just asked a question,” McCain said at Friday’s Miami rally. “And Americans ought to be able to ask Senator Obama tough questions without being smeared and targeted with political attacks.”
Since Wurzelbacher’s rapid rise on the national stage, both Barack Obama and Biden have questioned his “average Joe credentials,” noting most plumbers do not make salaries well into the six figures.
“That a plumber is the guy he’s fighting for…” Obama said to laughter at a rally in New Hampshire Thursday. “How many plumbers you know making a quarter million dollars a year?”
Biden echoed a similar line on Jay Leno Thursday night. [Biden also went on NBC’s TODAY show to attack Joe….Biden started and ended Thursday on NBC in the “Trash Joe the Plummer” campaign….]
Host Jay Leno, right, and Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden chat during taping of ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ at NBC Studios in Burbank, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
“The neighborhood I grew up, even the neighborhood I live in now, which is a really nice neighborhood, I don’t know many plumbers who are making $250,000 a year and worried about it,” Biden said. “We’re kind of worried about Joe the fireman, Joe the policeman, Joe the real plumber with a license.”