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Where Have You Gone, Joe the Plumber?

Last updated: 07/31/2020 08:00 | 10/30/2008 07:58
Dexter Cooke

Moments ago, while giving his stump speech at a campaign rally in Defiance, Ohio, Sen. John McCain apparently strayed from his prepared remarks, with hilarious results. Here’s what he said:

You know, we’ve learned more about Sen. Obama’s real goals for our country over the last two weeks than we learned over the last two years, and that’s only because Joe the Plumber asked him the right question right here in Ohio. [Cheering]

That’s when Sen. Obama revealed he wants to, quote, “spread the wealth around” — spread your income around.

Joe’s with us today. Joe where are you? Where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today?  Joe, I thought you were here today. [Awkward pause]

All right. Well, you’re all Joe the Plumber, so all of you stand up! [Cheering] I thank you.

Wow. Nice save.

Actually, I’m only assuming McCain strayed from his prepared remarks. If his staff included a shout-out to Joe in his speech, without checking to make sure that he was, in fact, in the crowd, the campaign may be cracking up even more than previously thought. Is anyone over there even paying attention anymore?

Here’s the video:

Dexter Cooke | He is an orthopedic surgeon who insists that a physician's first priority should be patient care. He specializes in minimally invasive complete knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures that reduce pain and recovery time. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a medical degree and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine.


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