Obama on Joe the Plumber: ‘How Many Plumbers Do You Know Makin' a Quarter Million Dollars a Year’?

LONDONDERRY, NH --"You've heard a lot about taxes in this campaign," said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to Granite Staters this afternoon. "Well, here’s the truth: John McCain and I are both offering tax cuts. The difference is, he wants to give $200 billion in tax cuts to the biggest corporations in America, and he wants to give the average Fortune 500 CEO a $700,000 tax cut. But he gives nothing at all to over 100 million Americans.

"And by the way, in the debate last night, he didn't deny those facts," Obama continued. "He just kept on saying, 'well, I don't want to tax anybody, I don't want to tax anybody. But I want to - I'm gonna do this, I can do it. I know how.'

"Well, the fact of the matter is that he is blowing a hole through the budget on tax breaks that are the exact same kinds of tax cuts that George Bush offered," Obama said. "Same argument, same philosophy that we can give more and more to millionaires and billionaires that prosperity will trickle down on all of us somehow."

"And then he's trying to suggest that a plumber is the guy he's fighting for," Obama said, in a reference to Joe Wurzelbacher. "How many plumbers you know makin' a quarter million dollars a year? I have a different set of priorities, I'll give a middle class tax cut to 95% of all workers."

-- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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