'Joe the Plumber'
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'Joe the Plumber' to run for Ohio Congress seat in 2012

A man who became a political sensation after challenging Barack Obama on his economic policy during the 2008 US presidential election campaign has announced that he will contest a seat in Congress in 2012.

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who became known as 'Joe the Plumber', will run as a Republican candidate for a seat in Ohio.

His confrontation with Mr Obama became a key moment of the 2008 campaign and led to a new career for Mr Wurzelbacher as a motivational speaker.

He said he was "sick and tired of politicians playing politics with people's lives".

Steve Kingstone reports.

  • 26 Oct 2011