Joe the Plumber: In His Own Words

In an instant, he became a centerpiece in the final presidential debate -- and according to the most famous plumber in America, he didn't have a clue this political celebrity was coming.

Joe Wurzelbacher, now known simply as Joe the Plumber, spoke by phone to "Nightline" co-anchor Terry Moran after tonight's debate.

"No one got in touch with me," Wurzelbacher told Moran when asked whether either campaign had contacted him before tonight's debate to let him know he would become a talking point.

The plumber told Barack Obama on the campaign trail in Toledo, Ohio, earlier this week that he's worked 15 years to try to buy the plumbing company he works for. Obama's tax plan, which would raise sole proprietor small business taxes by 3 percent if he made more than $250,000 a year, would prevent him from buying the business.

At tonight's debate, with the faltering economy weighing heavy on the minds of Americans, McCain jumped at the chance to use Joe the Plumber as the perfect vehicle for ripping the Obama tax plan. Obama pushed the criticism back, countering that 98 percent of small businesses make less than that quarter-million dollar number.

Wurzelbacher stood by his criticism of the Obama tax plan after tonight's debate -- telling Moran that business owners should not be penalized with higher taxes just because they are successful. It didn't matter if it was a small business owner like him, or a billionaire like Bill Gates, he said.

But Wurzelbacher still would not reveal who he will be voting for on November 4. "I'm not going to tell anyone who I'm going to vote for," he said, adding that he's had some idea for a long time.

"That's for me and the button I push to know," he said.

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