During a campaign rally today in West Chester, OH today, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), mentioned Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher by name six different times. Plain noted that he had called progressive tax policies “socialism” and said, “we’ve really got to hand it to Joe.” Watch it:
However, just last night, Palin said she was “sick” of talking about the now-famous plumber. During a fundraiser, Palin recalled how she had “begged” her speech writers not to make her talk about Wurzelbacher. The Trail reported Palin’s remarks:
PALIN: And I, I begged our speech writers, ‘Don’t make me say ‘Joe the Plumber,’ please, in any speeches. ‘And I was asked, ‘Just one time, just at this fundraiser?’ … Just make sure people understand that we know what Joe the Plumber was talking about when he was…saying, ‘Wait a minute, aren’t you going to take my money…and give it to somebody else who maybe hadn’t worked as hard as I have worked?’”
But as The Progress Report notes today, “the underlying premise that Wurzelbacher would face higher taxes under Obama is neither true nor typical of how the vast majority of small businesses would fare.” Wurzelbacher himself told CBS he now realizes he would receive a tax cut under an Obama tax plan.
Yesterday, Wurzelbacher said felt that he was being “used by the Republican Party as a pawn to make their point.” The McCain-Palin campaign, however, appears to be undeterred by Wurzelbacher’s comments.