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Joe the Plumber Will Not Stump for McCain

March 28, 2010 - 8:31 PM | by: Cristina Corbin

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, once a prominent face of John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, said Sunday that he won’t be stumping for the Arizona senator in his close race for reelection.

In an interview with, Wurzelbacher said he was used as a “political tool” during McCain’s presidential run and faulted the fourth-term senator for what he described as a weak stance on immigration and border security.

“It’s supposed to be a closed border. Why don’t you uphold the law instead of trying to change it?” he said. “McCain’s been a senator for a long time and he’s failed in his duties.”

Wurzelbacher, who appeared at a tea party rally of 400 conservative activists in Phoenix on Sunday, said he won’t be backing anyone in the Arizona senate race. “I don’t want to cloud the issue and create a lot of drama,” he said.

McCain, who is seeking a fifth term, is locked in a close race with former congressman and radio talk show host J.D. Hayworth, a favorite among many tea party voters.

Wurzelbacher rose to fame in 2008 after he confronted then-candidate Barack Obama over taxes. He soon became a familiar face at Republican rallies, stumping for McCain and his running mate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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