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‘Joe the Plumber’ Blames the Holocaust on Gun Control

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is drawing scorn from far outside of the northern Ohio district where he’s running for Congress after posting a campaign video this week that seems to blame the Holocaust and Armenian genocide on gun control.

“In 1911 Turkey established gun control; from 1915 to 1917 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated,” Wurzelbacher, who is running for the U.S. House, says in the web video while pulverizing fruits and vegetables with blasts from his shotgun.

“In 1939 Germany established gun control; from 1939 to 1945 6 million Jews, 7 million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated,” he continues, before turning to the camera and announcing “I love America.”

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The National Jewish Democratic Council quickly condemned the video and demanded Wurzelbacher apologize and remove the ad, which the group’s president and CEO David Harris said shows has a “tremendous lack of respect” for the millions who died  in the Holocaust and Armenian genocide.

“It is not acceptable ever to invoke the holocaust to make a political point,” he said. “To say it does a disservice to those who perished and the memory of the Holocaust is putting it mildly.”

Wurzelbacher took to Twitter Tuesday to defend the video, tweeting that “No one in the video said gun control CAUSED genocide” and aimed to justify the video, tweeting “Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf that his agenda would not be possible unless the people were disarmed.”

The Ohio congressional candidate’s spokesman Phil Christofanelli stood by the video, telling The Politicker that “there’s nothing offensive about it.”

“Joe is a student of history,” Christofanelli said. “It’s a historical fact that Hitler implemented gun control before the Holocaust and that’s just a fact that was pointed out in the video.”

Wurzelbacher is no stranger to the national spotlight.

He gained nationwide notoriety as “Joe the Plumber” during the 2008 presidential race after Sen. John McCain’s campaign used Wurzelbacher as the poster child for the negative impacts of Barack Obama’s tax plan, which would have increased taxes on Wurzelbacher’s plumbing business.

Wurzelbacher is challenging Democratic incumbent Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who has served for 15 terms, for her seat in the U.S. House seat.

Wurzelbacher did not immediately return ABC News’ requests for comment.

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Romney Regains Focus on the Economy; 'Joe the Plumber' Appears

ABC/ DONNA SVENNEVIK(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- Hours after clinching primary night wins in Arizona and Michigan, Mitt Romney turned his attention to the battleground state of Ohio, appearing at a small grassroots rally where he continued to tout his business-heavy resume.

“Well it was a big night last night for me. I was very pleased. Very good news,” said Romney to a crowd of about 100 on the factory floor of American Posts, a steel manufacturer that specializes in creating U-shape posts that prop up highway signs. “Arizona and Michigan, right next door. And interestingly, the people who said the economy and jobs were their number one issue, they voted for me overwhelmingly. And that's one of the reasons I'm running.”

“For me this is all about more jobs, less debt, and smaller government,” Romney said. “The president's failed. He says - correctly - that he inherited a recession. And he did. He doesn't remind us by the way that he also inherited a democratic house and senate. And he was able to do whatever he wanted to do. And for two years, he put in place his plans and look at us, we're still 3 years later, in an economy that's bumping along the bottom."

While he did not name any of his GOP rivals by name, unlike last week when Sen. Rick Santorum was a staple in the majority of Romney’s speeches, the former Massachusetts governor alluded to the “couple of guys” who are still in the race.

“You are going to have a choice in Ohio about people running for president,” he said. “First, in our nomination process, do you want someone who has spent his life in the private sector, who understands where jobs come from?  Or do you want someone who has spent his career in Washington?  There are a couple of guys who spent their entire career in Washington and you can vote for them,  I just don’t think we are going to beat Barack Obama and get our country back on track if we have guys whose resume looks like his resume, who have never really run anything, don’t understand how the private sector works fundamentally,  in their bones having worked in it,  I do.”

“It is one of the reasons I am running because I know how to get America working again,” Romney continued.

Spotted standing quietly in the back of the crowd during Romney’s speech was Sam Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, the Ohio resident who famously questioned then-candidate Barack Obama about his tax policy in 2008.  On Tuesday, Wurzelbacher was seen at a Santorum event in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Talking to reporters after the event, Wurzelbacher said he would not be endorsing a candidate in the primary.

“He speaks well, he makes some sense, but I still haven’t made my choice,” he said.

Asked if he had any advice for Romney going forward, Wurzelbacher responded, “The guy’s made it most everywhere he’s ever tried, I don’t think he needs my advice.”

“Maybe hang out with some steelworkers, hang out with some plumbers and carpenters, you know, see what it’s like, these blue collar guys who do it every day in and out,” he continued.

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The Cain Train Gains A New Icon: Joe the Plumber

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's a match made in tax reform heaven. The diehard promoter of tax code simplicity has teamed up with the Main Street icon of small-business tax plans to promote what is perhaps the most well-known tax reform plan in history: 9-9-9.

Herman Cain announced Tuesday that he's partnered with Joe Wurzelbacher, aka "Joe the Plumber" of 2008 election campaign fame, who is now running for the U.S. House in Ohio, to continue the fight for a tax code based on a 9-percent personal income tax, 9-percent corporate income tax and a 9-percent national sales tax.

"Joe the Plumber agrees that 'blowing up' the current federal tax code is paramount to the success of this nation," Cain said in a statement. "And we have seen firsthand he's not afraid to tell the president so."

Wurzelbacher reached national notoriety during the 2008 general election for asking then-candidate Obama during a campaign sweep through Ohio whether he would have to pay more taxes if he bought a plumbing business that made $250,000 to $280,000 a year.

Obama's general election rival John McCain seized the moment and often cited "Joe the Plumber" as an everyday American who would be adversely affected by his opponent's tax plan, even though analysts offered varying opinions as to whether Wurzelbacher would have received a tax increase or a tax cut under Obama's plan.

Four years and a heavy dose of frustration with elected officials later, Wurzelbacher is taking matters into his own hands and pledging to promote Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan if elected to Congress.

Wurzelbacher is hopping on the Cain Train, or rather the "Cain Revolution" bus, for a three-event swing through Ohio this week. The two will appear together at two rallies and a Lincoln Day dinner.

"Joe is an unconventional candidate, just like I was," Cain said. "He shows a true workingman's appreciation for what it is to be a good steward of the hard-earned money the government takes from us in the form of taxes."

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