Nation's most famous plumber endorses McCain

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Joe the Plumber is plunging into the presidential campaign again -- this time, with an endorsement of John McCain.

Joe Wurzelbacher is the Ohio man whose exchange with Barack Obama -- in which Obama told him he wants to "spread the wealth around" -- has been used as campaign fodder by the Republicans.

During a McCain rally at a flag store in Columbus today, he said he feared that Obama would turn the U.S. into a socialist nation.

When a McCain supporter asked if he believes that "a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel," Wurzelbacher replied, "I'll go ahead and agree with you on that."

Obama has said his commitment to Israel's security is "nonnegotiable."

McCain has pointed to Wurzelbacher as an example of a middle-class worker who would be hurt economically by an Obama presidency. However, Obama's tax plan calls for no tax increase for working couples earning less than $250,000. Wurzelbacher himself earns far less than that.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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