ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala reports: After saying on Thursday that she had begged her speech writers to not have to talk about “Joe the Plumber” on the campaign trail, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin referred to the Ohio plumber for the third day in a row, pushing his encounter with Sen. Barack Obama to make the case that Obama will “raise taxes and redistribute your hard-earned money.”
“I’ve really gotta hand it to Joe the Plumber over there in Toledo,” Palin said at a rally today in Lancaster, Pa., referring to Joe Wurzelbacher, who was made famous by Sen. John McCain in Wednesday night’s final presidential debate. “Somehow he got Barack Obama to finally state his intentions in really plain language.”
Wurzelbacher had approached Obama during a campaign stop in his neighborhood last week, asking the Democratic presidential nominee how his tax policies would affect him if he purchased a new plumbing business.
“So when he left Joe’s neighborhood in Toledo, our opponent didn’t look real happy. Seems that the staged photo-op there got ruined by a real person’s question,” Palin told a crowd of thousands filling the seats of Lancaster’s Clipper Magazine Stadium. “So here’s a guy working, standing there in his neighborhood when a candidate for president shows up, and he wanted more than just a handshake and a campaign button. He wanted some answers.”
“Senator Obama said he’s somebody who wants to spread the wealth, which means, which means he wants government to take your hard-earned money and dole it out however he sees fit,” Palin continued. “Now Joe said to him that sounded like socialism. To me it sounds like real bad medicine for an ailing economy. And whatever you call it, Senator Obama will do to those who want to create jobs what shouldn’t be done, and we’re calling him on it.”
Both Palin and McCain have pushed “Joe the Plumber” in campaign speeches in recent days, using the Ohio man as a metaphor to try to promote their economic policies -- despite the fact that Wurzelbacher may in fact receive a tax cut under Obama’s tax plan.
Palin raised Wurzelbacher at rallies on Thursday in Bangor, Maine, and Elon, N.C., and again Friday at rallies in West Chester, Pa., and Noblesville, Ind., after saying on Thursday that she had “begged” not to have to include Wurzelbacher in her speeches.
“I begged our speech writers, ‘Don’t make me say Joe the Plumber, please, in any speeches.’ And I was asked, ‘Just one time, just at this fundraiser,’” Palin said Thursda night at a private fundraiser in Greensboro, N.C.
Speaking on the baseball field of Atlantic League’s Lancaster Barnstormers, Palin also covered all of her bases when it comes to post-season baseball, calling on the crowd to “step up to the plate” on Election Day, while congratulating the Philadelphia Phillies for making it into the World Series for the first time in 15 years.
“OK, Philly fans, you do know all about turning an underdog into a victor," Palin told the crowd to wild cheers. "May you please help us do that also on Election Day, please.”
In nearly identical language, Palin had promoted as underdogs the Tampa Bay Rays during stops in Florida last week, and the Boston Red Sox in New Hampshire on Wednesday –- two teams currently facing each other in the American League Championship Series.
The Phillies will face either the underdog Red Sox or the underdog Rays in the World Series beginning next Wednesday.