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Awkward: Joe the Plumber Stands Up McCain in Defiance, Ohio


At a rally today in Ohio, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) of wanting to "spread the wealth." McCain then summoned Joe the Plumber, who wasn’t even in the audience:


McCAIN: That’s only because Joe the Plumber asked [Obama] the right questions right here in Ohio. … Joe’s with us today. Joe, where are you? Where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today? Joe, I thought you were here today.


[CROSSTALK]


McCAIN: All right, well you’re all Joe the Plumbers, so all of you stand up!

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