The Day After, McCain Still Savors His Cup of Joe

Back on trail after debate, Republican still has Obama-baiting plumber on lips
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2008 4:03 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Joe the Plumber remained a fixture of John McCain’s campaign today on the heels of his prominence in last night’s debate, the Chicago Tribune reports. “Joe's the man,” the Republican said at a rally. “He won and small businesses won across America. The American people are not going to let Sen. Obama raise their taxes in a tough economy.”

Joe (Wurzelbacher, of Holland, Ohio) came up in the debate because he had suggested to Barack Obama that the Democrat's tax plan would hurt his ability to become a small-business owner. "Joe the plumber said, ‘Look, I've been working all my life, I want to buy the business I'm in, but you’re going to raise my taxes,’” McCain told supporters. “You know what Sen. Obama said? He wants to spread the wealth around.”