Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin invoked “Joe the Plumber” again on Saturday, needling Sen. Barack Obama for having a “staged photo-op” interrupted by a voter asking him a question about taxes.
CNN — Joe The Plumber, real name Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher of Toledo, Ohio, was made famous by Sen. John McCain who invoked his name during Wednesday’s presidential debate. The Ohio resident asked Obama a question about taxes, which was caught on tape, sparking a backlash by the Arizona senator’s campaign.
Above: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigns in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Saturday.
“So when he left Joe’s neighborhood in Toledo, our opponent didn’t look real happy,” Palin, speaking in Pennsylvania, said of Obama. “Seems that the staged photo-op there got ruined by a real person’s question,” she said.
“So here’s a guy working — standing there in his neighborhood when a candidate for president shows up and he wanted more than just a handshake and a campaign button. He wanted some answers.”
If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because a strikingly similar thing happened to Palin on September 27 in Philadelphia at one of her own staged photo-ops, when Temple graduate student Michael Rovito approached the governor at a cheese-steak shop to ask her opinions on cross-border raids into Pakistan to hunt terrorists.
Palin told Rovito the United States should “absolutely” attack within Pakistan to stop terrorists, a position at odds with McCain’s. The remark was picked up by a network camera crew and caused a headache for the GOP ticket. Staffers were forced to explain the two candidates’ apparently conflicting views in a national television interview days later.
At the rally in Lancaster on Saturday, Palin said that Wurzelbacher, “bless his heart,” is being “investigated” and “attacked” because the Obama campaign didn’t appreciate him asking Obama a question about his tax plan.