Joe the Plumber: McCain 'Screwed My Life Up'

Wurzelbacher says the candidate used him during campaign
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2010 9:50 PM CST
Joe the Plumber: McCain 'Screwed My Life Up'
Sen. John McCain listens to Samuel "Joe The Plumber" Wurzelbacher speak at a rally at Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Don't expect to see Joe the Plumber on the campaign trail for John McCain anytime soon. "I don't owe him shit," Joe Wurzelbacher told an audience in Pennsylvania this week. "He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it." Wurzelbacher said the McCain camp used him as a "ploy" because he "happened to be the face of middle Americans." He also no longer supports Sarah Palin—because she's going to campaign for McCain.

Wurzelbacher continues to stump for other conservative candidates, and he advised critics of President Obama to lay off the personal attacks—comparisons to Hitler, say—because they "belittle" the movement," reports Scott Detrow of Pennsylvania public radio. “I think his ideology is un-American, but he’s one of the more honest politicians," Wurzelbacher said of Obama. "At least he told us what he wanted to do.” (More Joe Wurzelbacher stories.)

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