11/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Joe The Plumber Ditches McCain (VIDEO)

John McCain announced that Joe the Plumber was at his rally in Defiance, Ohio Thursday morning. But when McCain called on the campaign poster-man to stand up, he wasn't there. "Joe, where are you? Is Joe here with us today? Joe, I thought you were here today," McCain said. When there was no response, he added, "Alright, well, you're all Joe the Plumber so all of you stand up!" Watch:

McCain campaign officials later said that Joe was slated to appear with McCain at a different campaign event on Thursday.