'Joe the Plumber' Strikes Back At Media

"Joe the Plumber" is lashing out at the media for analyzing his personal life since he suddenly became a focal point of the presidential race last week.

Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Holland, Ohio, told Mike Huckabee on his Fox News talk show Saturday that he is upset by the attention and has been unable to work with reporters crowded on his front lawn.

"The media's worried about whether I've paid my taxes, they're worried about any number of silly things that have nothing to do with America," Wurzelbacher told the former Republican presidential hopeful on his show, "Huckabee."

Wurzelbacher said he felt terrible after reading some of the criticism of himself posted online.

"I felt about that small," he said. "I mean I really did."

Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been portraying Wurzelbacher as emblematic of people with concerns about Obama's tax plans.

Wurzelbacher became famous after he met Obama and said the Democrat's tax proposal could keep him from buying the two-man plumbing company where he works. However, reports of Wurzelbacher's annual earnings suggest he would receive a tax cut rather than an increase under Obama's plan.

"You know, I am a plumber," Wurzelbacher said. "Just a plumber."

Wurzelbacher said he agreed to appear on the show after he received phone calls from friends serving in the military who voiced their support.

"You know, when you can't ask a question of your leaders anymore, that gets scary," he said.

On Sunday, McCain was to travel to Ohio, where he might appear with Wurzelbacher.

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  • by voter Location: nc on Oct 21, 2008 at 04:55 PM
    Looks like some people make up their own facts here.
  • by Stick to the facts on Joe the plumber on Oct 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM
    Obama is not the candidate who threw "Joe the plumber"'s life and reputation out for the world to see. It was McCain and he was just trying to throw the debate. He was trying to make people think Obama was not looking out for the middle class people. If Joe got attention from the debate, then it wasn't because Obama wanted Joe's personal life to be remembered and picked apart by the news media, but McCain on the other hand took an innocent person out of a campaign stop who was talking to Obama as a way to portray Obama's tax plan as not thinking of the middle class people and wanting higher taxes on the wealthy. The little people who drives this economy are the important people that will need this benefit and if Obama is elected, then I don't think they will argue when their taxes are lowered. McCain is the one that said Joe was rich! Facts wrong? Then blame McCain for mentioning it to begin with.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM
    How do you stir away from something. I thought stirring was a round and round motion. HeeHee
  • by McCain Snake Oil Co. on Oct 21, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    To Obama Snake Oil Co. I actually look at the issues and try to stir away from bias.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 21, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    Hey ???, they are blinded by the light. We see posting here constantly on how great the guy is without a single fact to support it. This guy has a long list of associations that are not even being mentioned by most of the news networks or papers. This guy was thrust forward too fast by the party. Of course he is liberal but most posters here are liberal. They just don't know what it means. Most democrats are not liberal, myself included. Well, I won't vote this guy in until I think someday, he has cleaned his reputation or slips the the side like Kerry did. The liberals here will not watch Fox, however, they should to see what the rest of the country is seeeing. Live in denial? Yes they do. "That one" Obama will not win this year. Enjoy the polls, enjoy the rallies, he is just too liberal.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Oct 20, 2008 at 10:43 PM
    man, what's it going to really be like if NObama gets in the White House? Will we all be afraid to speak our mind for fear of being imprisoned or uthenised? Just a thought, a scary one indeed. Bet they won't post this as it just might hurt Nobama's poor feelings again. Well it hurts mine to think a guy with terroist ties and radicals will be elected 'top dog" in my country!!!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Oct 20, 2008 at 09:19 PM
    I think that Obama has the same amount of intelligence as a toilet does.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Oct 20, 2008 at 08:44 PM
    I bet when Joe the plumber ask Obama the "infamous" question he had no idea this witch hunt was going to start. This man doesn't even know me but I know things about him like he owes taxes, he isn't a licensed plumber. That's sad, nobody is off limits. Here's some advice for Joe....since the news cameras are stopping you from working then.......anyone else that wants to see you say.......pay me! You might as well make a couple of bucks off this as long as it's hot because in a minute they are going to forget who you are.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane, NC on Oct 20, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    Joe, you have to consider the source. The news media have never been too smart, kind of like monkey see monkey do. More monkey than any thing else.
  • by T Location: NC on Oct 20, 2008 at 02:34 PM
    Unbelievable!!! His "team" hadn't checked out this street! Surely Joe must have slipped through some liberal dragnet. We know Obama can't answer questions without his handlers telling him what to say! Thanks Joe, for asking a real question!

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