Sunday, October 19, 2008

Joe the Plumber on Mike Huckabee's Fox Channel show

I watched Joe the Plumber this morning on "Fox and Friends," and was impressed with how articulate he is when discussing issues and even when the Fox crew threw questions at him about plumbing.

Last night he appeared on the Mike Huckabee show on Fox which is being rerun tonight. The guy is making the rounds and has become a star on Fox News Channel.

The Toledo Blade says " 'Joe' wildly received on Fox News show":
Local man says he hopes voters find their own answers

Already in the national spotlight, Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher last night strode onto the set of Fox News Channel's Huckabee program to thunderous applause.

Host Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, began by saying that if John McCain wins, he'll largely have Mr. Wurzelbacher to thank.

The Springfield Township resident, invoked repeatedly as "Joe the Plumber" during Wednesday's presidential debate, demurred.

"Hopefully they'll have me to thank for it as far as telling people to get out and find their own answers," Mr. Wurzelbacher said. "That's where I hope they go with it."

In the days since the debate, it became known Mr. Wurzelbacher is not a licensed plumber, is not buying a business that makes enough to be taxed more under Mr. Obama's tax proposals, and has some tax liens against him.

On Friday, the East Valley/Scottsdale Tribune in Arizona reported that Mr. Wurzelbacher's Arizona driver's license was suspended in May, 2000, following nonpayment of a court-imposed fine for civil traffic violations. He lived in Arizona from 1997-2000.

Mr. Huckabee said that Mr. Wurzelbacher only asked a question when Mr. Obama happened to stop by his current neighborhood a week ago. Mr. Huckabee asked how Mr. Wurzelbacher felt about the scrutiny he'd received.

"It actually upsets me," Mr. Wurzelbacher said. "I am a plumber, and just a plumber, and here Barack Obama or John McCain, I mean these guys are going to deal with some serious issues coming up shortly. The media's worried about whether I paid my taxes, they're worried about any number of silly things that have nothing to do with America. They really don't. I asked a question. When you can't ask a question to your leaders anymore, that gets scary. That bothers me."

Mr. Wurzelbacher confronted Mr. Obama over his tax proposals, asserting that the Democratic nominee's plan would tax him more if Mr. Wurzelbacher bought a plumbing business.

In the course of their conversation, Mr. Obama said, "It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success, too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

Mr. Wurzelbacher said some friends advised him to lie low and let everything blow over. But then he got calls of support from friends in the military who told him he asked a good question and didn't back down.

That's why he accepted the invitation to appear on Mr. Huckabee's show, he said.
Read the rest of the article about this man who has attracted so much attention in this election season. Joe the Plumber ... one American who works hard and tries to get ahead.

Hang in there, Joe. It's good to hear the voice of an everyday man.

1 comment:

Misfit410 said...

While it's good that Joe got the word out I'd be careful how much exposure I give him, I get the impression he is just anti-obama and not exactly Pro-McCain..

his answers to the question of who he is voting for give me the feeling he is independent.