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A Plumber Steals Show at Debate

Oct 16, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Candidates Barack Obama and John McCain took turns talking to, and talking about, “Joe the Plumber” during their third and final debate last night, the Washington Post says. Joe was “summoned as an example of this or that by whichever candidate found it expeditious to cite him,” the Post says. The New York Times counted at least nine times McCain invoked Joe in order to woo working-class voters. After three debates, McCain and his people finally came up with a snappy and succinct way to distance the Republican candidate from the hugely, wildly, almost incomparably unpopular Republican administration, the Post noted. “I’m not President Bush,” said McCain, looking at Obama as he normally seems so loath to do. “If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago.” But ultimately it appeared to be “too little, too late” for McCain, the paper said.
–Jon Lafayette

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