COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Who is Joe the Plumber? He's Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio man looking to buy a plumbing business who came to symbolize the middle class in Wednesday night's presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.
Days earlier, Joe the Plumber had told Obama that the Democrat's tax plan would keep him from buying the business. McCain, the Republican candidate, cited Joe's exchange with Obama when he was asked about his tax plan and why it would be better for the country than Obama's.
Joe Wurzelbacher was mentioned several times during the debate. So what does he have to say about literally being at the center of the debate.
He says his name being mentioned in the campaign is "pretty surreal."