Palin: ‘I Begged Our Speechwriters, “Don’t Make Me Say Joe the Plumber”‘

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 17, 2008 9:35am

At a fundraiser in North Carolina last night, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she sometimes gets "depressed" watching the media coverage of this race, and also suggested she didn’t particularly want to discuss Joe the Plumber, unlike the man at the top of the ticket.

Palin talked about "those times on the campaign trail when sometimes it’s easy to get a little bit discouraged, when, you know, when you happen to turn on the news when your campaign staffers will let you turn on the news. Usually they’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh, don’t watch, you’re going to, you know, you’re going to get depressed.’ But yeah, sometimes you do get depressed watching what it is that they’re reporting, and the spin and some of the distortion of what our message is and what we stand for — sometimes that, that gets draining."

She gets "energized and inspired" when she meets supporters, however, Palin said. "We feel your strength and we feel the power of prayer; so many of you tell us that you are praying for us and praying for our country, and that’s why we so appreciate you being here."

The Alaska governor said the election in 18 days "is the choice between a candidate who will raise your taxes and that threatens our future, and a leader who’s going to Washington to work for Joe the Plumber, as you heard a lot about last night. And I, I begged our speechwriters, ‘Don’t make me say Joe the Plumber, please, in any speeches.’

"And I was asked, ‘Just one time, just at this fundraiser.’"

We took a look at Joe the Plumber last night on "Nightline." Watch HERE.

- jpt

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