Forget Palin - McCain needs Joe the Plumber
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"Senator Obama told Joe that he wanted to spread his wealth around," he said. "America didn't become the greatest nation on earth by spreading the wealth; we became the greatest nation by creating new wealth."
Obama, in Londonerry, New Hampshire, didn't bring up Plumber (his real last name is Wurzelbacher but it's easier to call him Plumber). But he sought to clarify his tax plan once again.
I have a different set of priorities. I'll give a middle-class tax cut to 95% of all workers," Obama said. "And if you make less than $250,000 a year, which includes 98 percent of small business owners, you won't see your taxes increase one single dime. Not your payroll taxes, not your income taxes, not your capital gains taxes – nothing. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class."
The Republican National Committee sent out a press release which included language dated July 14, 2008 from Factcheck.org (the non-partisan site devoted to political mythbusting) that seemed to agree with McCain's interpretation of Obama's tax plan.
"McCain is right about one thing. Many small-business owners would indeed see their taxes go up if Obama is elected and raises the top income-tax rates."
But actually going to Factcheck.org, you would see they updated their statement.
Update Oct. 16: ABC News reported the morning after the debate that Wurzelbacher admitted to a reporter that he won't actually make enough from his new plumbing business to pay Obama's higher tax rates. ABC said his admission "would seem to indicate that he would be eligible for an Obama tax cut."
How's Joe the Plumber feeling about the past 24 hours? He's wiped out. Reuters reports there were 21 reporters in his driveway this morning.
"I'm kind of like Britney Spears having a headache. Everybody wants to know about it," he said.