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Average Joe takes political spotlight


By John Wilmer

WAVERLY, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Presidential Candidates met for their final face to face debate Wednesday night. The economy was at the forefront of the issues, but the candidates also tackled health care, alternative energy and negative campaign ads.

When asked who won, most people say the infamous "Joe the Plumber," a man Barack Obama met on the campaign trail.

On Sunday Barack Obama was introduced to "Joe the Plumber," and on Wednesday night John McCain introduced "Joe the Plumber," to the world.

"A couple of days ago Senator Obama was out in Ohio and he had an encounter with a guy who's a plumber, his name is Joe Wurzelbacher," said Senator John McCain.

Now like the senators from Arizona and Illinois we have jumped on the "Joe the Plumber" band wagon, but our average Joe doesn't work in Ohio, he works in Waverly.

Joe Endelman, a father of two, is a plumber at Crystal Heating and Plumbing.

"I head to work about seven o'clock and get here and lately it's been close to 10,11,12 hour days," said Endelman.

And this "every-man" is keeping an eye on the political scene, looking for a candidate that will serve his best interests.

"I put in my long hours and get my pay check and pay my bills and have very little money left over," said Endelman.

While Joe Wurzelbacher was concerned with Obama's tax plan, Joe Endelman has his own concerns from energy to gun laws.

"I know they aren't going to take our guns away, but tax guns so much that we can't afford them and you just don't want that stuff."

But it will be the candidate that keeps his promises who will get this Joe's vote.

"I guess when the time comes we'll see if and what happens in the future you know. See if those things get done," said Endelman.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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