The Washington Times - August 25, 2012, 12:30PM

Joe the Plumber is back on the presidential campaign trail — at least in spirit, thanks to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s newly minted running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan.

“You guys know ‘Joe the Plumber,’ right?” Mr. Ryan, of Wisconsin, said during a campaign rally in Powell, Ohio, on


On the stump, Mr. Ryan repeatedly has rehashed the infamous story from the 2008 campaign trail of Joe Wurzelbacher’s encounter with then-Sen. Barack Obama, who told the Ohio plumber he should be taxed more if he makes more than $250,000 to “spread the wealth around.”

Mr. Ryan said the episode provided a glimpse into Democrats’ misguided belief that “one person’s gain necessarily comes at another person’s loss.”

“It is the idea that the pie is fixed and the government’s job to redistribute the slice of the pie as they see fit,” he said

“That is a bunch of baloney!” he told the crowd. “We want to grow the pie so everyone has a chance at the American idea. We want to restore the right to rise. We want upward mobility. We want every American to achieve their potential. That is what do in America. That is the American idea.”

Mr. Wurzelbacher, meanwhile, has carved out a political career of his own since his chance meeting with Mr. Obama. He won the Republican primary race in March for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District and is now set to face off in November against Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.