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Joe the Plumber: Obama ‘Should Be Embarrassed' to Come to Ohio

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The last time Samuel Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Ohio, attended an Obama campaign rally four years ago, he earned the nickname “Joe the Plumber” and became an icon of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign when he questioned then-candidate Obama about his tax plan.

But as President Obama’s bus tour rolls through Wurzelbacher’s northern Ohio district on Thursday, Wurzelbacher said he’d steer clear of any Obama events and let his fellow Ohioans answer his questions in the 2012 race.

“As of right now, I don’t have any desire to go there,” Wurzelbacher, who is now running for Congress on the Republican ticket, told ABC News.  “His ideology and mine are completely different, and I have no real reason to listen to him speak.”

Wurzelbacher has staked much of his campaign on opposing Obama’s policies, which he claims have made life harder for middle-class residents in his district by placing more regulations on the private sector, raising taxes and kicking the can down the road on America’s big problems, such as the debt and deficit.

“If I was Obama, I would be embarrassed to come here,” Wurzelbacher said.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll in June showed Obama with a nearly 10-point lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio.

With Obama’s hefty lead in Ohio and Wurzelbacher’s district’s already-Democratic leanings, Wurzelbacher faces an uphill battle in his bid for a U.S. House seat.  He is facing 15-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Mary Kaptur in Ohio’s newly redrawn 9th district, which borders Lake Erie, extending from Cleveland to Toledo.

Wurzelbacher gained national notoriety as Joe the Plumber after he asked candidate Obama if his tax plan would raise taxes on his small plumbing business.  Obama’s GOP rival McCain seized on the encounter, often citing Wurzelbacher as an average American who would be adversely affected by Obama’s policies.

“He talks about transparency, and it hasn’t been.  He talks about making the rich stop getting richer and poor stop getting poorer,” Wurzelbacher said.  “He says one thing and does another, just like an average politician.”

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Dennis Kucinich Will Not Compete Against 'Joe the Plumber' 

Chip Somodevill​a/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Former Democratic presidential candidate and progressive favorite Rep. Dennis Kucinich lost to Rep. Marcy Kaptur in Tuesday’s 9th District congressional primary.

Kaptur will now compete against Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who found fame during the 2008 presidential election. Wurzelbacher won the district’s Republican primary by less than one thousand votes.

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'Joe the Plumber' Throws Wrench into Congressional Ring

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The man who came to be known as "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 national election wants to be known as "Joe the Congressman."

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher officially announced Tuesday that he's running for the Republican nomination for Congress from Ohio's 9th District.

Wurzelbacher believes that voters will identify with him because he's not a politician by nature.  He complained that today's elected officials "keep on playing politics with our lives.  I’m tired of it.  That’s what it comes down to: I’m sick and tired of it."

If he gets the nod, Wurzelbacher would probably face either Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur or Dennis Kucinich, whose districts will be merged into one after 2012 because of a loss of population.

Wurzelbacher became famous as "Joe the Plumber" when he confronted President Obama while he was a candidate for the White House three years ago.

Obama's opponent, Arizona Sen. John McCain, quickly used Wurzelbacher as a symbol of how small businessmen would suffer under an Obama administration.

While that ploy didn't work out for McCain, it did for Wurzelbacher, who became a commentator, author and motivational speaker.  As it turned out, "Joe the Plumber" was a bit of a misnomer since it later came out that Wurzelbacher didn't hold a plumber's license.

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‘Joe the Plumber’ to Run for Congress

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- Samuel Wurzelbacher, more commonly known as “Joe the Plumber,” filed candidacy papers Friday to run in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, The New York Times reports.

The Joe for Congress 2012 campaign follows Wurzelbacher’s brief stint in the spotlight in 2008, when he objected to then-candidate Barack Obama’s plan to let the Bush tax cuts expire for those making $250,000 or more, leading Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to repeatedly cite “Joe the Plumber” as a symbol for his argument against Obama’s economic policies.

If Wurzelbacher secures the GOP nomination, he will run against either Rep. Marcy Kaptur or Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who will face off for the Democratic nomination in a 2012 primary.

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