United States

Oct 12, 2012

Rundle: Joe the Plumber in US’s lesser-known debate

It's the man known as "Joe the Plumber" versus Marcy Kaptur, Democratic rep for the gerrymandered 9th district. Democracy at its finest in Cleveland, Ohio.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


They’re already lining up at the buffet in the City Club of Cleveland, half an hour before the meeting. The place is on the first floor, of a fine old 1920s skyscraper, in one of the few lively parts of Cleveland. The concierge sits behind a curved desk of smooth wood, the elevators are rimmed with elegant metalwork, a dial turns to tell you what floor the machine’s at. Stepping in from the half-empty street, of Subway stores and Starbucks, you pass into another era, when the city was crowded with people, and you could burst through the doors clutching your fedora and shout “hold the front page!”


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3 thoughts on “Rundle: Joe the Plumber in US’s lesser-known debate

  1. Luke Miller

    So … I have to know … what question were you going to ask Kaptur if you had gotten the mic?

  2. Malcolm Street

    “Saudi Arabia of wind” – a large body of water (or coast thereof) is a dream location for wind farms as if the prevailing wind is coming in over the water there’s nothing to slow it down. So there could be major wind energy resources there to help the US off Saudi oil.

  3. zut alors

    Joe/Sam should’ve stuck with plumbing. At least it would’ve been an honest living.

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