McCain “Really Screwed Up My Life”: Joe The Plumber

Joe The Plumber

Conservative American icon Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher has no love for former GOP Presidential candidate John McCain, as evident from a recent interview.

“I don’t owe John McCain shit,” Wurzelbacher told reporter Scott Detrow. “He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.”

Wurzelbacher shot to fame during the 2008 US Presidential election after he asked how he would be able to buy a plumbing business he had been working to get for years to then-candidate Barack Obama. Candidate Obama replied that he wanted to “spread the wealth around,” a soundbite that was instantly picked up by Republican strategists to prove the Democrat Party contender’s Marxist leanings.

McCain eagerly pimped Wurzelbacher after that, using him as an icon for White, working-class American men who, the Republican argued, would suffer under four years of an Obama administration.

John McCain on the campaign trail

“Joe wants to buy the business that he’s been in for all these years,” McCain insisted during one presidential debate. “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 was trying to use me,” Wurzelbacher now contends. “I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy.”

This is not the first time Wurzelbacher has lashed out at McCain. Back in December 2008, he told talk radio host Glen Beck that the Republican made him feel “dirty.”  TIME Magazine also reported in May 2009 that Joe The Plumber quit the GOP because he was “appalled” at the party’s overspending.

Still, Wurzelbacher did make his latest statement at Republican Sam Rohrer’s Campaign for Liberty event. When asked about the inherit contradiction in appearing to support a Republican candidate for the governorship of Pennsylvania, Joe The Plubmer said he and Rohrer “share many of the same values – the Second Amendment, states’ independence, “integrity, honesty.”

Rohrer is also a favorite among the Tea Party crowd. “It takes a lot for them [The Tea Party Movement] to get behind an individual,” Wurzelbacher explained.


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