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Joe, the Plumber Advocates 'Shooting' Immigrants; Kaptur Denounces His Comments, Demands an Apology

Press Release

Location: Toledo, OH

Congresswoman Kaptur today denounced her Republican opponent, Samuel Wurzelbacher, for advocating the shooting of immigrants from Mexico and demanded that Wurzelbacher apologize for his comments.

Wurzelbacher appeared at a Republican fundraiser in Prescott, Arizona on Friday evening. He was quoted by the Prescott News as saying: "For years I've said, 'Put a damn fence on that border going to Mexico and start shooting...' that's how I feel. I'm not going to hide it just because I'm running for office. I want the borders protected, and I'm very adamant about that." (Emphasis added.)

Congresswoman Kaptur said Wurzelbacher's comments are clearly out of line.

"Joe, the Plumber's comments have no place in a civil society," she said.

"A Member of Congress is sworn to uphold the Constitution, not to take the law into his own hands. He should take back his words and apologize to everyone who respects life, the Constitution and the rule of law."

Wurzelbacher, whose claim to fame is as the character "Joe, the Plumber," is the Republican nominee in Ohio's Ninth Congressional District.

The Arizona fundraiser was held for State Senator Lori Klein and was also attended by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the anti-immigrant crusader.

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