WATCH: Joe the Plumber – Trump Best Bet for Securing the Border

By Penny Starr | January 20, 2017 | 5:46pm EST
Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as 'Joe the Plumber' (Screenshot)

( - It’s been three election cycles since the American public met Samuel Wurzelbacher, or “Joe the Plumber” as he was dubbed in 2008 by then-presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after the Ohio blue collar worker challenged then-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on his tax policies.

Obama famously said during that exchange, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.” McCain and then-vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin used “Joe the Plumber” as the poster boy for how the redistribution of wealth would hurt American workers.


On Friday, Wurzelbacher or “Joe” was in attendance as Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

Wurzelbacher told that he voted for Trump because he believes in “a strong economy, a strong military and strong borders.” told “Joe” that [Trump] promised during his campaign to quote “build an impenetrable wall beginning on Day One.” asked him: “Do you think that’s what’s needed to secure the border?”

“I don’t think he’s going to do it necessarily beginning Day One,” Wurzelbacher said. “I think it’s going to be something that’s going to be talked about and worked through.

“Ultimately, I want a secure border,” Wurzelbacher said. “You know, is it a fence? Is it a wall? What’s it going to be? I don’t know what it’s going to look like, but I do believe of any of the presidents out of the last 20 years, he’s the one that’s going to come closer to making it happen than anyone else.”


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