As the 2012 elections get closer every day, new candidacies are announced. This time it is Joe, The Plumber, who confirmed he will run for Congress next year. Officially Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, the Federal Election Commission website shows that a statement of candidacy to run in Ohio’s Ninth District Thursday was completed and filed. Also, his campaign ‘Joe For Congress 2012’ registered Wurzelbacher address as the committee’s. The scanned documents were not available online.
Meeting The President
The former plumber assistant became famous in the political world after questioning President Barack Obama back in 2008, when he was still a candidate for presidency. The president was debating a renewal in the tax system, as Obama believes that people who earn more on a year basis should also contribute proportionally with their taxes.
When Wurzelbacher encountered Obama, he mentioned that he was about to buy a company which earned about 250 to 280 per year, and asked whether he would end up being included in the new tax policy. After explaining his logic, the former candidate completed by saying that “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too. My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody.”
At that time, the opponents to Obama’s candidacy was the McCain/Palin campaign, which rapidly figured ‘Joe The Plumber’ as a perfect symbol of the working-class American. Whether by pointing out how Obama’s tax policy could harm those who worked years until managed to buy their own company, or by visually representing ‘normal’ Americans, Wurzelbacher was a certain bet.
Once spotted by the candidates, ‘Joe The Plumber’ ended up being mentioned several times during the presidential debates. However, Wurzelbacher never confirmed who he voted for, but mentioned that Obama’s policy was closest to socialism. After such media attention from being chosen by McCain, it was discovered that Wurzelbacher was not a licensed plumber.
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