Joe the plumber, the megastar of last night's presidential debate, is certainly getting A LOT of attention today. His image is plastered across cable news. The blogs can't get enough of the Ohio native. NPR even assembled the "Joes Of Our Lives".
But with instant fame comes instant scrutiny. The AP is reporting that neither Joe nor the company he works for are licensed. And he owes $1,200 in back income taxes.
That hasn't stopped the candidates from including Joe in their stump speeches. At a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, McCain gave Joe big props:
The real winner last night was Joe the plumber. Joe's the man. He won and small businesses won across America because the American people are not going to let Senator Obama raise their taxes in a tough economy.
With that, the crowd broke into a chant: "Joe! Joe! Joe!"
Speaking at a rally in New Hampshire, Obama quipped:
[McCain] is trying to suggest a plumber is the guy he's fighting for. How many plumbers you know making a quarter million dollars a year?
I think it's safe to assume Joe Six Pack is out of a job...
-- Sean Bowditch
4:31 PM ET | 10-16-2008 | permalink