Jason Werling / Associated Press
October 30, 2008
Joe the Plumber takes center stage
It all started during a campaign stop to Holland, Ohio, when Barack Obama discussed his tax policy with a plumber named Joe Wurzelbacher. Since then, Joe the Plumber has come to stand for the everyman, a hard-working American with lofty aspirations. Both candidates claimed that they would better serve Joe and his ilk, and they invoked his name more than two dozen times during their debate in Hempstead, N.Y.