After mishap, Joe the Plumber finally campaigns with McCain
SANDUSKY, Ohio – It got off to a bit of a rocky start, but Republican presidential candidate John McCain finally campaigned with the latest star of the U.S. election — Joe the Plumber — on Thursday.
The Arizona senator has mentioned Joe Wurzelbacher regularly at rallies for the last two weeks since the Ohio man drilled Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama over his tax policies and elicited a response about spreading people’s wealth.
On Thursday, McCain finally introduced him in Defiance, Ohio. But Joe wasn’t there. Woops. McCain recovered by telling the crowd they all were Joe the Plumbers, and moved on.
By McCain’s next rally in Sandusky, Joe was present.
“He deserves our appreciation. Thank you for your courage,” McCain said. “By the way, I was at an event earlier this morning and I introduced you and even though you weren’t even there, they cheered.”
A McCain aide said the error was a simple miscommunication. Wurzelbacher told CNN the campaign had not called to confirm that he should come.
Mishap over, Joe joined McCain for the rest of the candidate’s bus tour through this crucial swing state.
“Should we hear from our celebrity?” McCain asked the crowd before ceding the stage briefly to Wurzelbacher in Sandusky.
Joe said he hadn’t prepared anything but made a few remarks anyway, encouraging people to do research before they vote.
“Get involved in the government, that way we can hold our politicians accountable,” he said.
By the end of the day, his remarks were more polished: he told everyone he was voting for McCain.
Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (McCain greets Joe the Plumber)