Palin Makes Stop Near Joe the Plumber

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Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin made a campaign stop near Joe the Plumber's northwest Ohio home on Wednesday. Palin was in town for a rally at the University of Findlay.

Palin told a cheering crowd that she and her running mate Republican presidential candidate John McCain want to cut taxes and let people decide what they want to do with their money.

She also has a new pet name for Democrat Barack Obama. She called him "Barack - the wealth spreader."

Palin repeated her view that Obama's recent comment to the Holland, Ohio plumber sounded like socialism to her.

Obama was answering questions on his tax plan when he told the plumber named Hoe Wurzelbachcer, " I think when you spread the wealth acround, it's good for everybody."

Palin went on to ask the audience if there were any Joe Plumbers in the house. When she drew loud cheers, she said "It doesn't sound like you're supporting Barack the wealth spreader."

GOP's Standing Invitation

Campaign officials say Wurzelbacher has a standing invitation to join the GOP campaigners.

The McCain campaign began mentioning the plumber after he met Obama earlier this month and said the Democrat's tax proposal could keep him from buying the two-man plumbing company where he works. The media picked up on Wurzelbacher and have made him a household name less than 13 days before the election.

Obama's tax proposal calls for tax increases for the five percent of taxpayers who earn more than $250,000 a year. The Illinois senator explained he would use that revenue to provide tax cuts for those who make less.

Wurzelbacher himself undercut the Republican message about him when he revealed he makes far less than $250,000 a year.

"Wurzelbacher said Sunday on "Fox and Friends." "You know, I've never even come close to that, nor will I. I mean, I'd have to work, I don't know, 10 years to get

that kind of money, maybe more."

McCain used Joe in the presidential debate on Oct. 15 and he and Palin have made the plumber a regular part of their stump speeches.

Palin said Wurzelbacher's story has hit a chord with voters. She said they've met with workers from all walks of life on the campaign trail, including Tito the Builder in Virginia and Ed the Dairyman in New Mexico.

"It took a regular guy to get Obama to finally tell the truth about his tax plan," Palin said.

A Suffolk University presidential poll released Monday found that while most Ohio voters know all about Wurzelbacher, he isn't affecting how many will vote. The plumber's story will make six percent more likely to vote for McCain and four percent more for Obama, the poll revealed.

Sources:  CBN News, ABC News, The Associated Press

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