ABC David Wirght, Alyssa Litoff and Bret Hovell Report: No surprise, really, but Joe the Plumber has finally endorsed McCain.
At a rally in Mentor, OH, plumber Joe Wurzelbacher told McCain supporters: "People keep asking who I’m going to vote for and I keep saying it’s going to be between me and the button.
"But as far as my vote goes," he said, "It’s going to be for a real American. It’s going to be for a real American, John McCain."
Earlier in the day, Joe the Plumber spoke briefly at a rally in Sandusky but decidedly did not endorse McCain, suggesting that voters not listen to anyone else’s opinion but rather decide for themselves.
Joe the Plumber has become sort of a folk hero among McCainiacs since their candidate raised his name dozens of times in the final presidential debate. Wurzelbacher had challenged Barack Obama on his tax policies at an impromptu campaign stop near Toledo.
Tonight the crowd chanted "Joe the Plumber, Joe the Plumber, Joe the Plumber" as the bald unliscenced plumber took the stage.
McCain’s praise of Wurzelbacher grows loftier by the day. Tonight the former Vietnam War hero, who survived 5 years in a POW camp, described him as "My role model, an American hero, Joe the Plumber."