(CNN) – John McCain’s campaign defended Sarah Palin Tuesday over a report that highlighted some of her travel expense claims as governor, and announced the launch of the “Palin Truth Squad” to fight future attacks on the VP nominee.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Alaska governor had billed the state a per diem for 312 days she spent at home, and requested reimbursement for plane rides and hotel rooms for her husband and children, including a $707 room when her daughter accompanied her on a trip to New York to attend a Newsweek forum.
The paper noted that officials said the claims were justified under existing state regulations.
The McCain campaign said that Palin had reduced yearly travel expenses by roughly 80 percent of the amount spent by predecessor Frank Murkowski, in part by selling the governor’s private jet. Roughly half the $93,000 spent went to cover expenses incurred by her family. In a post on the campaign’s Web site, adviser Michael Goldfarb told supporters that Alaskans were paying “pennies on the dollar,” and accused the Washington Post of “hunting for ‘scandal.’”
“As governor of the state, Palin is expected to travel across Alaska to meet her constituents and attend community events. As a mother of five, she occasionally brought her children with her,” wrote Goldfarb. “Her travel-related activities have been appropriately documented, are completely transparent, and entirely legal. She also saved Alaskan taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in the budgeting process and hundreds of thousands in cutting waste from her own office. It is an impressive record of reform by any measure.”
The McCain-Palin team has made her record on cost-cutting a central element of her vice presidential bid.
The campaign — which has been sending “fight the smears” e-mails whose tone echoes similar messages from Barack Obama’s campaign — also said staffers and major campaign surrogates at the state and national level were forming an official rapid response team that will respond to rumors about the Republican vice presidential nominee, sending alerts and campaign statements to voters and reporters.
“We will not allow those on the left and in the media to smear a woman who has always served her constituents with honor,” the campaign said in a statement. “We know the truth and are committed to ensuring it as well."
The McCain-Palin team has campaigned on media coverage that they describe as excessive or unfair.
Actually if you check your facts Sen. Palin was working for the state of Alaska from her home and she ACTUALLY spent significantly less than pervious governors.
Maybe American's should examine both Obama's and Biden's expense reports.
It's too bad that help bloggers are preventing honest opinion and debate on these boards.
Will she work at home if she's elected. Am I suppose to care about her 5 children as a reason for "working" at home. The republicans are jokers.
You puma's need to wake up. If the dems lose this election Hillary will never run again.
Uh, Debby- You need to fact check your Fact Check
This is from their website
Palin may have said “Thanks, but no thanks” on the Bridge to Nowhere, though not until Congress had pretty much killed it already. But that was a sharp turnaround from the position she took during her gubernatorial campaign, and the town where she was mayor received lots of earmarks during her tenure.
But, nice try
Boring lies again! Her record is not impressive. You're lying to yourself if you believe in her reform and "experience".
you know and people are voting for this guy......man talk about inventing something new......not I don't have too .......My friends i was a POW enough said......I can take what I want from my oppositions arguement and implement it into my own attack and who is gonna tell me I can't .......I'm Johm Mcain I lead a squadron of planes during vietnam I also am an affirmative action military candidate.......hell I graduated fifth from the bottom in Anapolis........I'm Johm mc Cain and I apporved this message
Ok...all the rapid, foaming at the mouth Democrats are screaming about the "Truth Squad".
What about Obama's website to fight all the slander and stuff about him?
Open your eyes people and clean the manure out of your ears. Listen to what you are saying.
How can it be wrong for McCainto fight lies and slander when it's perfectly fine for Obama to do the same?
Hmmm...maybe you rabid Dems need to get shots so you can think straight...
Palin is a fraud and a joke and I could care less if she is a woman, a man, or a tree frog, she can not be in the White house.
Sarah Palin is the the Republicans and some "ndecideds" 'GREAT WHITE HOPE". Nobody wants to touch the subject. How else do you explain this woman's soar from NOWHERE to being a heartbeat away from the President.
She can deliver a speech and get people wriled up, yes, (many people can do that) but to be a heartbeat away from the president? What happens if McCain were to drop dead today? SCARY!!!
The peopel rest, your Honor.
Wait a minute here. It's only 365 days in a year and 312 days were billed from home. She give women across the world a bad name. I work hard as a man and i show up for work everyday, and i never use my children as an excuse.
The Palin Lie Squad, however, can not be held down.
what a sweet gig this truth squad is. gettin' paid for doing nothin'. its probably a no bid contract deal as well. almost as sweet as the standard republican dream job – getting paid millions with a golden parachute after bankrupting your company and getting bailed out by the taxpayer.
how about we allow the media to speak to her without McCain there to protect her and without a pre-written speech in front of her.....a ROOMFUL of media....the kind that world leaders must address daily....not a hand picked interview in her home state.....more of the same secrecy we have come to know from the Bush years.....frightening......
Keep on with the attempts to smear, Obama. The more you try, the higher the ratings for McCain/Palin go.
Hahahahahahahaha. The Republicans with a "truth squad". Where has it been for the last 8 years??????????
> If you have been to Alaska, you would find out that flying from town to town is how things as achieved.
Yeah, great. How about the per diem charges when she was home? How about the travel and hotel charges that Todd made when he was going around doing his business?
$700/night for a hotel room in NYC is not unreasonable, particularly if it was a suite, which would be a legitimate need for a governor.
Also, if you actually read the article in the Post, Palin did not charge the state for staying in her home. Instead, she collected a per diem intended to defray her expenses while she was working at her home in Wasilla as opposed to the Governor's Mansion in Juneau. She apparently did not collect a per diem for her children, although Alaska law would allow her to do so.
The charges appear to be legitimate and reasonable, and would not cause anyone to bat an eye in the private sector.
Did I hear right? The biggest liars and hypocrites this nation has seen in goodness knows when are forming a truth squad to protect their little "rock star" but are so against celebrity? Bawhahahahahahahaha!
Palin Truth Squad? From the lies Palin's already told, that's an oxymoron. Please, enough of the Rovian spin.
A Palin Truth Squad????? Is this to do the vetting that he should have done in the first place or the vetting that was already done or ... I can't keep up.
NO MCCAIN, NO PALIN
I am seeing a much larger issue forming, and hope I am wrong..Has anyone considered what other happening might occur If McCain is elected ? McCain and Palin are both white ! because of that fact alone, America could see the largest up rising among latinos, blacks, all other nationalities that are not white..now...thats really scary...racist, no, I consider myself un biased..I am white ! and have friends of all colors..and when listening to some of them, I cant help but pick up on the "race" issue still with us..I really pray I am wrong !!!!
Why does Palin keep using the same tired speech that she used at the convention. Get some new material!
Washington Post last reported the unbiased truth sometimes in the late 1950s.
It's no better than Star Magazine now.
"Palin Truth Squad"
Does this mean that the Republicans are finally gonna' stop telling LIES?