Obama Attacks McCain On Support For ‘Joe The Hedge Fund Manager’

Oct 23 2008 | 1:41am ET

Joe the Plumber, meet Joe the hedge fund manager.

The U.S. presidential election campaign’s version of class warfare took another turn yesterday, with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the Democratic presidential nominee and beneficiary of vast hedge fund industry donations, alleging that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the Republican nominee, is on the side of hedge fund managers.

“Let’s be clear who John McCain is fighting for,” Obama told a huge rally in Leesburg, Va., yesterday. “He’s not fighting for Joe the Plumber. He’s fighting for Joe the hedge fund manager. He’s fighting for Joe the CEO.”

Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio plumber, became a focal point of the final presidential debate between McCain and Obama after Wurzelbacher confronted Obama about his tax plan while the latter was campaigning in his Holland, Ohio, neighborhood. McCain has argued that Obama’s tax plan, which the Illinois senator says will raise taxes on those who make more than $250,000, but cut it for those making less, is an example of what he calls Obama’s socialism.

The debut of Joe the hedge fund manager in Virginia shows the trouble facing the McCain campaign: The Old Dominion State has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 44 years; polls show Obama with a small but clear lead in the state.

The McCain campaign shot back that Obama and the Democrats have enjoyed millions of dollars in donations from hedge fund employees. During the current election cycle, Obama has raised almost twice as much from people working in the industry than has McCain. Of course, Obama has raised almost twice as much as McCain from all sources.


In Depth

Israeli Hedge Fund Harnesses Big Data

Jul 28 2014 | 8:10am ET

Apica Green is a multi-million dollar Israeli hedge fund that is based in Tel Aviv...

Lifestyle

David Yarrow On Growing His Hedge Fund And Shooting The Animals And People Of Africa - As A Photographer

Jul 23 2014 | 6:44am ET

While he’s always been a photographer, recent expeditions to Iceland, Ethiopia...

Guest Contributor

Compelling Opportunities In The Alternatives Space

Jul 29 2014 | 9:33am ET

In an environment where many asset classes seem expensive by historical standards...

 

Sponsored Content

    Northern Trust Helps Hedge Funds Navigate Derivatives Regulations

    Jul 8 2014 | 10:48am ET

    The surge in derivatives regulation is among the most complex challenges facing the financial services industry today. Northern Trust’s Joshua Satten recently spoke with FINalternatives to share insights into the challenges presented by new regulation and explore how the industry is responding. Read more…

Publisher's Note