September 8th, 2008
04:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama campaign calls McCain ad a 'lie'

New McCain television ad claims Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin stopped the “Bridge to Nowhere”.
New McCain television ad claims Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin stopped the “Bridge to Nowhere”.

(CNN) – The presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain are sparring over a new television ad claiming Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin stopped the “Bridge to Nowhere” - the infamous $400 million congressional earmark that became the ultimate symbol of excessive pork-barrel spending.

Watch: The McCain campaigns latest ad, 'The Original Mavericks'

The new McCain ad, set to air in key states, calls both the Arizona senator and Palin "original mavericks," and characterizes the Alaska governor as an ardent opponent of the 2005 bridge proposal championed by Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens connecting Ketchikan, Alaska to the Ketchikan airport on Gravina Island (Population: 50).

Several opponents of Palin, as well as the non-partisan factcheck.org, have noted the claim she was against the bridge is not entirely accurate - the Alaska governor was for the bridge during her 2006 gubernatorial bid, and did not begin opposing it until it became clear the project was doomed on Capitol Hill.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton went even further Monday, calling the assertion a flat out "lie."

“Despite being discredited over and over again by numerous news organizations, the McCain campaign continues to repeat the lie that Sarah Palin stopped the Bridge to Nowhere," Burton said. "McCain and Palin will say or do anything to make people believe that they will change something besides the person sitting in the Oval Office."

But McCain spokesman Brian Rogers is standing by the claim, and said the Obama campaign is launching "hysterical attacks."

“The only people ‘lying’ about spending are the Obama campaign," Rogers said. "The only explanation for their hysterical attacks is that they’re afraid that when John McCain and Sarah Palin are in the White House, Barack Obama’s nearly $1 billion in earmark spending will stop dead in its tracks."


Rogers also provided several press clips noting Palin became a critic of the bridge in her early days as governor of Alaska.

UPDATE: The McCain campaign says the Alaska Democratic Party has removed a Web page that credited Palin for killing the Bridge to Nowhere project.

"National Democrats apparently want to rewrite history and say that Palin did not kill the Bridge to Nowhere," the McCain campaign's Michael Goldfarb said.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (726 Responses)
  1. miken

    Did you loons miss this part: "Rogers also provided several press clips noting Palin became a critic of the bridge in her early days as governor of Alaska."

    The left will say anything to win. We need to stop Barack Obama’s nearly $1 billion in earmark spending.

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Clinton Supporter

    Is it surprising that Palin will say and do anything? NO.

    That's why you need a really strong presidential candidate.

    Oh, well. The Dems would have one if the DNC didn't decide FOR us!

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Lee

    After the last eight years, I can't believe amicans are actually considering these two bullies to control our countries direction. How can you tell your children to pay attention to their teachers if you don't pay attention to your leadership. Bush-Cheney gave you every reason to not vot republican, and here you are considering it again. I said it before and I'll say it again, you get what you ask for!

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Kevan, Arkansas

    she was for the bridge while campaigning

    ted stevens, the corrupt republican politician who was tied to the bridge, soon became a national story along with the bridge to nowhere

    she changed her position...

    but she kept the money

    now she's lying about it.

    wake up people!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Bill

    Obama's disciples have only one argument. BUSH=MCCAIN

    what a joke

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. monique corona

    this is all so sad, the way people have to lie and deceive others for their own personal gain. i know that there are those out there who know that God is in control and His will will be done in all this. this country is in such a mess and those who continue to mislead the people will indeed pay for their deceit. why are we working so hard at being so dIvided but still consider ourselves UNITED? we spend so much time on creating ways to seperate each other from one another and then we blame each other. Why is it so hard for all of us to just understand that if we remain divided that we will surly fall. What happended to United we Stand and Divided we FALL. The enemy is watching us beat the crap out of each other, we are making their job so easy. we need to pay more attention to each other as PEOPLE.

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. obama all the way

    Sshe also says she sold her states plane on ebay. ALSO A LIE

    She also states that the Iraq war is Gods' plan. Watch the video on you tube!!!

    Since when is George Bush our GOD???

    That'll be the freakin' day.

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Kuilor2k

    I use to vote democrat or independent on each and every race. Then I saw the Obama supporters in action. Now I examine each and every candidate. I look at their real position. Are they 'extremeists' like the Obama/Biden ticket (I mean come on, the most liberal senator and 3rd most liberal senator, only because the 2nd was kenedy and kenedy is dying).

    So, you obama supporters with your hate and vile behavior has convinced me that extremeism is worthless in this country. I vote centrist now. Those represanitives that break from party line the most get my vote.

    I guess that means I'll be voting for the Dem on the County Comminsioner ballot and Repub on the Presidential ballot. Not a hard choice considering the people running.

    So when you loose the presidency (and obama will loose based on his extremeist views), you can stop being extreme in your views and wake up to the fact that Clinton would have been a shoe-in for the presidency (she is a centrist too).

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. S.A.M. from Virginia

    Well maybe we can get the truth out of Palin if she ever woman's up and does a press interview. What a wuss!

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Your Conscience

    Facts have a liberal bias.

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Linda

    What the article doesn't say is that she took the money, even after switching sides to come out against the bridge when she knew it was doomed. TOOK THE MONEY. Come on, CNN, where is THAT fact checking?

    I surely hope this so-called bounce for McCain is a temporary lunacy.

    Between this and the firing of the librarian, and the anti-sex ed, anti-evolution, etc... It's a sad story if these two are elected.

    McCain/Palin = the end of the separation of Church and State (Read: the end of the USA)

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. john

    I love it when the dem's attack women! Dems, what is it you have against powerful women politicians? Ha Ha!!!!

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. WOMAN PAY ATTENTION TO HILLARY TODAY

    MOST OF THE WOMEN SUPPORTING MCCAIN BECUASE OF PALIN OR JUST HAVING A WOMAN ON THE TICKET NEEDS TO PAY ATTENTION TO HILLARY TODAY.

    HILLARY CERTAINLY WILL TELL YOU THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MCCAIN PALIN'S POLICIES AND OBAMA.

    MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE LYING EVERY DAY AND SOME PEOPLE ARE GETTING CARRIED AWAY WITH IT.

    SAD BUT TRUE.

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. FL Obama Supporter

    What about the $750 million in earmarks from Palin the last two years for a state that has significantly fewer citizens than Illinois.

    The Republicans are the epitome of hypocrisy.

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. AshamedTOBAmerican

    The sheer stupidity of AMERICANS never cease to amaze even the dumbest in the world!! Keep letting the morons in this country decide the next president and be prepared to deal with the consequences. We deserve everything we get!

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Jerry

    Palin you a lier and you earmark in Alaska when you were a mayor of a small town. Palin I dont trust you and you going make McCain lose the election

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Whitley

    I love Sarah's lipstick. Does anyone know what shade she wears?

    John + Sarah = White House

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Old white lady for Obama

    Our reputation world wide is at an all time low, but now we are becoming a laughing stock, because of old man McCain's irresponsible choice of VP. How dare he jeopardise the welfare of the country in this way. He is too old to be President, she is so unqualified.
    And how can anyone with an ounce of intelligence vote for a third Bush term, which would guarantee the continual decline of this country.

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Wisdom

    America PLEASE wake-up!

    McCain-Palin (or do I say Bush-Cheney II) will be a nightmare for the United States of America (a country that I truly LOVE); and could reduce our wonderful land to a second-tier country.

    PLEASE PLEASE Palin is so scary to be a heartbeat away.

    We canNOT be fooled again!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Brandon

    Wow, just like Obama was FOR meeting dangerous nation's leaders with NO strings attached. Now he's not. People change their mind. Ultimately she was against the bridge. Stop bashing her experience. It just reflects poorly at the top of the Dems ticket.

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. April in Texas

    Duh of course its filled with lies... That is what the republicans do best.. I hear tons of lies which they just keep repeating and hoping it will be true. After the George Bush lies and lies from Palin and McCain during and after the convention, it is clear that they are indded more of the same we have not which is horrible. I am voting for real change that we can believe in.. Eight is enough as my wallet cant afford four more years. With McCain's plan I will pay more taxes, with Obama's plan I will pay less taxes.. The convention speechs said alot and if you dont believe me go research McCain speech vs Bush speech at the conventions.. They sound the same to me so what maverick are you speaking of it sure isnt Palin or McCain..

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. cws - atlanta

    I really don't know what to say about some Americans. You have Republicans who continue to lie to their faces, and the race is a dead heat. What more proof do you need that the Republican ideals are not going to get US out of the mess we are in? Were the past 8 years not enough evidence? You have a Democrat (in Barack) who believes in both personal and fiscal responsibility, and utilizing government where it makes sense, like education and healthcare. He also has a sound energy plan to get us off of oil completely, not just continue to put a patch on the problem. It's about time America starts thinking long-term, instead of patching real problems with quick fixes that end up putting America further in the hole economically and environmentally.

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Sunny

    Mccain is just like a weather cock, which turns in the direction the wind is blowing. Looks like he is a greedy power hungry old fellow who wants to be president at any cost and whatever it takes for him to speak. With one leg in the grave, I think he should retire and shut his mouth otherwise people will knw that he is more idiot than Bush.

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. sandee in Portland

    People need to view your video on Palin giving speech in the Pentacostal church. Here's a woman raised in a church that speaks tongue and believes everyone is going to move to Alaska when the world ends which is what they believe is happening.

    Also google e-mail sarah palin. Interesting. Why don't some of the newscasters interview this woman to see if she is telling the truth.

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Deb Lee

    As a woman, Palin scares me to death!!!!! She will knock women back 50 years. People need to look at what she is saying and not that she wears a skirt. That goes for Obama and Biden. They need to take her on as an opponent – not worry about offending women. I know people who believe everything that is said on television if it is repeated over and over again. Guess Karl Rove was right. Say it enough and it becomes a truth.

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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