Just days before the US elections, the presidential candidates are making a sweep of what they consider to be must-win states. With Democrat Barack Obama ahead in the opinion polls, Republican John McCain took his fight to the aptly named town of Defiance in Ohio.
But there was an awkward moment when he tried to introduce the plumber who confronted Obama over taxes and became the highlight of an earlier McCain speech. McCain said: “Joe is with us today. Joe, where are you? Where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today? Joe, I thought you were here today. Alright, you are all Joe the plumbers. So all of you stand up and say…”
The plumber did turn up at a later rally. He told the crowd: “(Over the) last couple of weeks people have been asking me who I’m going to vote for and I kept on telling (sic) it’s going to be between me and the button. Well, I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines. This election is way too important, way too important. Get out and vote… and as far as my vote (is concerned), it’s going to be for a real American, John McCain.”
McCain knows how crucial Ohio is for his campaign to get into the White House: no Republican has ever won the presidency without victory in that state.