Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe The Plumber" from the 2008 presidential campaign, criticized The Huffington Post for its coverage of him in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody released Thursday, but ultimately said he learned not to let the media bother him.
Brody asked him about how his faith plays into his policies.
"Well, actually when the whole ‘Joe the Plumber’ thing happened years ago, I didn’t have a computer. I was a plumber. My tools were a whole lot of different things," he said. "I jumped on my parents’ computer. I started taking a look at this thing called Huffington Post, I had never heard of it before. And I started reading all of this bad stuff about me. I’m thinking man, these people don’t even know me, but here they’ve got it out in the media worldwide that I did A, B, and C."
He went on, "And I’m sitting here thinking, ‘Wow.’ It kind of crushed me, because my word is very important to me, it always has been. If I give it, people know it’s a done deal, there’s no question."
Later, he added that he knows that "God’s on my side." He continued, "And now I don’t let the media attacks, or what anybody says bother me, because I know it’s not true."
Wurzelbacher talked with the Huffington Post in February at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference.
You can read some of our coverage of him here.
Wurzelbacher is running for Congress in a heavily Democratic district in Ohio against longtime Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.
In the interview, he called President Barack Obama's ideology "un-American" and warned that he wouldn't "shut up about it."
"His views are socialist," he continued. "He’s been hanging around with them for a very long time. It’s connecting the dots, it’s very simple. It’s not conspiracy theory, it’s not a bunch of hoopla, it’s real. And people have to call it out, and not be afraid of the media slapping them down. I won’t be."
Watch more of Wurzelbacher's interview below: