John McCain is still all about Joe the plumber to try to paint Democratic rival Barack Obama as an incipient socialist.
The Republican said Joe Wurzelbacher, the Ohio man who confronted Obama over his tax plans, is being unfairly assailed because Democrats have stressed news reports that Wurzelbacher is not a licensed plumber and owes taxes.
"The attacks on him are attacks on small businesses all over this country," McCain said this morning in St. Charles, Mo.
After "months of campaign trail eloquence" from Obama, Wurzelbacher finally forced Obama to acknowledge his true goal -- to spread the wealth, McCain said.
"He believes in redistributing wealth," McCain said of his opponent. "He's more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie rather than growing the pie."
While McCain drew an enthusiastic crowd, it is nowhere near the size of those drawn by Obama in the same state for outdoor rallies on Saturday -- 100,000 in St. Louis and 75,000 in Kansas City.
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