News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Lehmans

Knight Foundation

Hospice of the Western Reserve


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics




Joe the Plumber is a no show
Rep. Marcy Kaptur is stood up for City Club debate by opponent Sam "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher
Story by BRIAN BULL
This story is part of a special series.


 
In The Region:
It was oddly reminiscent of Clint Eastwood’s skit at the Republican National Convention. Only this time, it was US Representative Marcy Kaptur, standing next to an empty chair at the City Club in Cleveland. WCPN’s Brian Bull explains.
Joe the Plumber is a no show

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:41)


The event was originally billed as a debate between the candidates running for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, namely Democratic incumbent Kaptur and Republican challenger Sam Wurzelbacher.

But minus a debate opponent, Kaptur instead gave a 15-minute speech.  She talked to the crowd about the need to support education, revitalize Lake Erie and its ports, revisit tax and trade policies to benefit Ohio manufacturing, and other topics.  

Afterwards, she called Wurzelbacher’s absence “unfortunate”. 

“I think that the public should have an opportunity to hear him, explain why he would want to seek a seat in the Congress of the United States.  We could have a very open discussion of the issues, that’s what liberty is all about.  That’s what running for public office is all about.  He’s made some statements in the press that he doesn’t like it.  Well, my question is, why would he want to run for something that he doesn’t like?”

Speaking by phone the day before, Wurzelbacher said he never RSVP'd for the City Club Debate.  He said while the event didn’t work with his schedule, he’ll square off against Kaptur later this month at some Toledo events.  When asked if he had anything to say to Kaptur, he responded, “Right now I’ve no…I’m not your constant politician that can sit there and whip up a two-minute bullshit speech, so, ah…heh…I don’t mean that meanly, I just don’t have anything to say to her right now.”

Wurzelbacher gained fame in 2008, when he pressed then-candidate Barack Obama on his tax policies for small businesses.  Republican candidate John McCain dubbed Wurzelbacher “Joe the Plumber," and referred to him constantly during his campaign.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

The postal workers union is challenging mail-sorting closures in Ohio
Do not close the akron facilaty for mail processing. This will severly deminish mail service to the northeast ohio area, Cleveland can not handle this burden.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park OK's sharpshooters to thin deer herds
In this article you mention that the Mule Deer Foundation is a "hunting group" in reality the Mule Deer Foundation is a conservation group that is over 25 years...

Clarence Bozeman: In the driver's seat of history
I believe he was a teacher of mine as James Ford Rhodes. My favorite teacher of all time! Loved learning this part of his amazing history.

Cleveland RTA is moving Public Square bus stops beginning this week
I am very confused. Why are you taking one or more of the park and ride 246 out of service in the morning. I looking over the new schedule I see that there ar...

Canton school board will vote Wednesday on its high school merger
Great to see that THE REPOSITORY is advising a 'no' vote for now! Another point, besides all the Very accurate points already made against this move is the fac...

Some parents opting their students out of Common Core test
I am an 8th grader at a school in Allen County. I have just recently taken the ELA performance based assessment and found it extremely difficult. It asked me a ...

Fallout from the Ohio Supreme Court Munroe Falls ruling
The comment by Nathan Johnson from OEC is confusing. Instead of cities being 'emboldened' to craft zoning laws that were just stricken down by this ruling, comm...

Stopping sediment dumping in Lake Erie
Ah, yes, the Army Coro of Engineers, the geniuses that designed the levee system in New Orleans that has made the flooding worse due to no sediment reaching the...

Ohio charter school critic says reform bills are a good step
The cold truth is that these charter schools are offering services beyond the what the state tests can guage. Parents and students have a choice and they are ch...

State law trumps restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Munroe Falls
Justice O'Neill's quote brings up a point I wish WKSU would address: since, unlike for Federal judges, our judges here in Ohio are elected, and therefore respo...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University