Biden casts doubt on Joe the Plumber phenomenon

October 17th, 2008 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI  

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New York, Oct 17 (ANI): Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden today cast doubt on Joe the Plumber, who was a focal point of last nights presidential debates after he questioned Barack Obamas tax plan.

I dont have any Joe the plumbers in my neighborhood who make 250,000 dollar a year and are worried, Biden told NBC.

Joe the plumber in my neighborhood, Joe the cop in my neighborhood, Joe the grocery store owner in my neighborhood, they make, like 98 percent of all small businesses, less than 250,000 dollar a year. And theyre going to do well under Obamas tax plan, he added.

Joe the plumber is actually Joe Wurzelbacher of Holland, Ohio, who rose to fame after he cornered Obama during a campaign stop in Ohio and asked him about his tax plan.

Wurzelbacher told Obama that he was thinking of buying a plumbing business, and would be earning 270,000 dollar. Obama said that he would have to pay higher taxes under his plan to help spread the wealth.

John McCain then capitalized on the conversation during last nights debate, frequently referring to Joe and how much he would suffer under Obamas plan.

Wurzelbacher says he hasnt decided who hed be voting for.

Its a personal decision, and myself and the button I push will know the answer, the 34-year-old plumber and single father said on ABCs Good Morning America programme.

In a video interview with the Toledo Blade newspaper after the debate, Wurzelbacher described himself as a man of modest means.

He said he wasnt swayed by Obamas health-care pitch, either, describing it as just one more step toward socialism.

Wurzelbacher said he was pleased with McCains performance. McCain came across with some solid points, and I was real happy about that, he said. (ANI)

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