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'Joe the Plumber' launches congressional bid

'Joe the Plumber' launches bid for Congress in Ohio, says US deserves leaders from all walks By The Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) ' Joe the Plumber has launched his bid for Congress in Ohio, saying U.S. citizens deserve leaders from all walks of life.

The man whose moniker became a household name during the 2008 presidential race made the announcement Tuesday in Toledo.

Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher (WUR'-zuhl-bah-kur) says he's running in Ohio's 9th U.S. House district because he's angry about the economy and the way politicians try to patch problems with duct tape.

He told supporters, "I'm not the kind of plumber who uses duct tape."

Wurzelbacher is running as a Republican. He rose from obscurity in 2008 after questioning then-candidate Barack Obama about his economic policies.

He has become an icon for many anti-establishment conservatives and has traveled the country speaking at tea party and conservative gatherings.

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