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"Joe the Plumber" Drops by State Capitol to Oppose Possible Sales-Tax Increase; When Asked Why He's Against it, "The Plumber" Dodges Question

Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," the conservative icon from the 2008 presidential election, paid a visit to the state capitol to oppose Governor Jan Brewer's proposed one-cent sales tax increase and to help organize Arizona's budding Tea Party movement.

"The Plumber" spoke to dozens of tea-baggers as part of a rally organized by the anti-tax organization "Ax the Tax," but Wurzelbacher didn't seem entirely sure what he was opposing.

In a video floating around Youtube, Wurzelbacher is asked point-blank why he opposes the tax but sidesteps the direct question, saying, "It's a bad idea to raise taxes, period," before attempting to answer the question with a nervous question of his own.

Check out the video below.

"Joe the Plumber," who lives in Ohio, has been traveling around the country trying to drum
up support for local chapters of the broader tea party movement -- which is the real reason he was in town -- so, chances are, he doesn't know anything about the sales-tax proposal other than he's a conservative and taxes are bad. However, he maintains that when it comes to Arizona politics, he's practically an expert.

"You've gotta be able to have an informed argument and be able to back it up," Wurzelbacher goes on to say in the video.

After explaining that he lived in Arizona for six years and had done "his homework" about the sales-tax increase, "the plumber" is again asked why he opposes the sales-tax increase, and responds as follows: "Why do you think?"

Sounds like an "informed argument" if we've ever heard one.

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