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. Don

    I have a cell phone and I have been polled on it!

    September 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. GrammieJ

    OH MY GOODNESS!
    This is getting like a fight with a two year old over a toy. Or maybe a bunch of teenagers fighting over a tube of lipstick.
    I just cannot wait till the next 58 days are over for America.

    September 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Doug

    It's really sad to see how many people are willing to bet on McCain/Palin for change and improvement in this country.....if they win this country is in big trouble...but chances are voters aren't voting on the issues since no one really knows who Sarah Palin is – other than someone who believes if you are made pregnant through rape you should be forced to keep the baby.

    September 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Wendy in So. Cal

    Palin is nothing more than Chaney with lipstick. Republicans manipulate and lie to the American people, always censoring and altering the truth to fit their needs. She is on record supporting the bridge, cancelled it when it was uder attack in Washington but kept the money, no matter how you slice it she lied about it, McBush lied about it and all of the lobbiests on the McBush campaign lied about it. Now there is change you can believe in, oops no, MORE OF THE SAME!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Fort Collins,Colorado

    I wish they would have built it....so she could take it. Americans don't be stupid, these people are vile and liers. Bush and Cheney again, please don't fall for their stories!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Carol, California

    Let's save time and just list the things that are not lies from the McCain camp

    September 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Montana Thinker

    Isn't it irrelevant whether she supported it or not, when she kept the money?

    September 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Andy

    Please everyone, google "Anne Kilkenny" and read the letter she wrote exposing Sarah Palin. I hope she (Anne) doesn't suffer too much backlash over writing it. Sounds like the "good old girl" can get after you if you cross her. Read about the plane not being SOLD on e-bay as she insinuates. She also cries "don't talk about my family" but parades them around in front of everyone. This mother needs to be with her pregnant daughter. It is a scarey time for that kid. Also, I wouldn't be proud of the fact that she is marrying the 18 year old. They are both kids and it will not be in either of their best interest, and especially a baby, to pursue a marriage. Not at this time.

    Please, be sure to do your homework and see that this combination of McCain and Palin is more of the Bush administration and will only hurt the people of the US. Besides they are both ruthless, hot tempered and will mow down anyone in their way. Just watch them, especially her, while on the stage. She is eating up the glory and will be hungry to gobble up as much as she can AT ANY COST.

    Thanks for listening.

    September 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. S. Holt

    Palin has been making the same tired scripted speech since the RNC. Does she have an original thought? Six colleges to get one degree? Sometimes she opens her mouth and you have to say did she really say that? Duh? Yes, she did. That's why they won't let this pit bull out alone without her muzzle; she was suppose to start campaigning alone today. She didn't. What's wrong with her? She is no where near a Hillary Clinton. Forget it. I can't wait until she has to open her mouth without a script or an aide.

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. John in Ohio

    Alaska receives far more federal money then Illinois. Illinois actually pays more out in federal taxes then it receives from the federal government. Alaska receives more from the federal government then it pays in taxes, more in fact then any other state. In fact, the blue states fund the red states in the US, because the blue states are the only states that actually make money and have healthy economies.

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Florida Hockey Dad

    It's a joke. The dems manufacturing lies. Sarah supported improving Alaska's infustructure and they twist it and stretch it into support of the bridge. Todays Dems are as good as fabricating lies as Bill, Impeached President Clinton, was/is at telling lies... "I did not have sex with that woman" Oh! And don't forget the pointing thumb in your face!

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    When it comes to lying, never argue with experts. Obama is an expert at it. Never knew the dispositions of Rev. Wright, Father Pfleger among others. Almost joined the military. Yeah he knows about lies.

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. me

    Palin is a joke and McCain doesn't even know her. They have to lie. Wait until the other lies come out.

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Real Eyes

    We live in very strange times when things like this are happening:

    When Sarah Palin gave her speech of (sound bites & non specifics & LIES), she put down about 50+ million American Community Organizers around this country, who are your everyday people who don't get PAID to work to better the lives of those around them. Community Organizers are on the streets, day to day helping out with programs like, Neighborhood Watch, MADD, Boys & Girls Clubs, After School Programs, Special Needs Programs for the Deaf, Blind, Handicapped, Veterans Rights Organizers, Women & Children Victims Of Domestic Violence, D. A. R. E. to keep kids off of drugs, Senior Centers, Workers Rights Organizers, Animal Rights Organizers, Religious Rights Organizations, basically the very systems and Organizations that makes America What it is.. While Palin sits at a desk in an air conditioned office and signs papers as shes told by the special interest who control her. Then she goes hunting endangered wolves & wildlife with a chopper until they cant run anymore, then opens fire!!!! She even wants to take the Polar Bear off of the Endangered Species List... give me a break...
    enough already...
    Remember, Jesus is the most famous Community Organizer, and Pontius Pilate was the Governor who ordered his Execution...
    Peace....

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. nancy

    why doesn't the obama campaign just pull "quotes" from Palin regarding this issue and have her answer them with Charles Gibson later this week?

    it is so frustrating that the Republicans want to just lie and lie and lie again thinking we'll finally fall for it.

    Obama has to hit hard and stop playing defense...they knew she lied about her bridge to nowhere stance, they should have come out firing right away!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Sarah

    Looks like the Killa From Wasilla is at it again. The Republicans will lie about anything to get into office. Good thing that Obama finally called them out on it. And speaking of earmarks, I hope Obama will bring up the Keating 5. John McCain's got quite a history with lobbyists, not to mention the fact that he's got about 200 of them in his campaign. Why doesn't Obama say this? Come on, the stakes are too high to play nice! Palin is a lying scumbag and the media is being BIASED in not reporting the FACTS about this moose-hunting oaf. Dare you to post this, CNN. Can't wait to hear what the hypocritical "maverick" republicans are going to lie about next. OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Mile-High Independant

    Wow...If this makes Governor Palin a "liar" then the Mile-Hi surrmon on the mount made Senator Obama Jesus Christ incarnate. Your argument that she is unqualified is laughable, your smear or her and her family didn't make her cry on national television and now the best you can come up with is this hair-splitting. Thanks, I've made up my mind. McCain is getting my vote.

    September 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. MaryBelle

    You can't trust a word...her hubby has 2 DUI's on his record. Hubby also wanted Alaska to seceed from the Union. Seventeen year old daughter is pregnant....what more could we want?.. a hockey Mom with a snow mobile champion for a husband. great qualifications!

    September 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Annette, Washington, DC

    McCain voted 90% with Bush, McCain has lobbyist running his campaign, through the Karl Rove and Bush push. People are excited about the woman Gov. this is a trick to blurr folks because she is a woman. McCain is no maverick, his was forced to pick Gov. Palin, that's no maverick. McCain is putting self, country last. His commercial ad is a joke and I agree a pack of stories with no substance.

    September 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Hillary 2012

    When Obama was state legislator he didn’t attempt to vote
    But he keep on saying Mc Cain 95% time voted for Bush

    Obama changed his religion
    When its comes to faith Obama Zero

    Give us break

    Hillary 2012
    Mc Cain / Plain 2008

    September 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. J. McC

    Not only did Palin flip-flop on the bridge, but apparently she kept the money that the Federal Govt gave Alaska to build it. She also has had a large amount of ear marks for her state as well and hired lobbyist to get them.

    September 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. Brett

    good to know that someone just comment.....Obama never show or any comment what he did duing senate and what did he vote for? what is his make the law.... none.

    NOBAMA 08!

    September 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Miller, IA

    Can't any candidate give us some details on their ideas instead of talking about the others. We want the details so we have time to decide on a President. Maybe we should start a campaign and write in some avg. Joe that can actually relate to the average american. GIVE US DETAILS, NO MORE LIES OR NEGATIVITY.

    September 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. dale

    Sounds to me like the Democrats are really starting to get desperate, why take down the website about the bridge if what they are saying is true about Palin. Put the site back up and let us all read what you had to say. The truth never hurt anyone if it is the truth. Put up or shut up is about all anyone can ask,.,,

    September 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. CB

    The Republican is still lying. All McCain got going for him is the POW. It's has even played out. The Republican love to talk about WAR. That's all they have. They care only about the Rich people. I hope America don't fall for this trick the media,and McCain is pulling. Palin were pick only because no one can go after her. It time for Michelle Obama,or Jill Biden to go after her. BUSH,and MCCAIN are the same. They love War,and the Rich. The GOP convention were so boring. Why is the media making this convention like it were so much. Nobody watch it. Then last but not least if I see the Uncle Tom back on CNN talking about what McCain will do for America. Have Amy Holmes, Tara Wall, Armstrong Williams, Rice, Watts, and Elders forgot where they can from. The Republican party is not the party that Linocln started. I know Abe is turning in his grave to see what this party has become. A party for the Rich, Whites,and 10 token Black who want to be White.

    September 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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