No, I am not 'Joe the Plumber' of presidential election fame

Maybe you’ve heard of this guy in the last 24 hours…

The following is from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Web site, which featured this Associated Press report written by one of Ohio University’s finest, Phillip Elliott.

Who is Joe the Plumber?

He is Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio man looking to buy a plumbing business who came to symbolize the notion of spreading the wealth in Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

Earlier this week, when Wurzelbacher got a chance to speak with Obama during a campaign appearance in Toledo, he told Obama that his tax plan would keep him from buying the business that currently employs him.

Sensing an opportunity during the debate, McCain cited that exchange when the candidates were asked to explain why their economic plans are better than their opponent’s. McCain said Obama’s plan would stop entrepreneurs from investing in new small businesses and keep existing ones from growing.

“Joe wants to buy the business that he has been in for all of these years, worked 10, 12 hours a day. And he wanted to buy the business but he looked at your tax plan and he saw that he was going to pay much higher taxes,” McCain challenged Obama.

Yes, my name is Joe. Yes, I am from Ohio. Yes, I have questions about Obama’s tax policies.

No, that is not me.

Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles
  • Dan

    I read a pretty damning statistic the other day. “Joe the Plumber” was mentioned more times than “Iraq” in the last debate.


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