September 9th, 2008
12:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin stays firm on Bridge to Nowhere claim

Palin stands firm on her claim to declining the 'Bridge to Nowhere'.
Palin stands firm on her claim to declining the 'Bridge to Nowhere'.

LEBANON, Ohio (CNN) – Sarah Palin refuses to yield on her claim that she opposed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere earmark, despite charges by the Obama campaign that her assertion is a "lie."

"I told Congress thanks but no thanks for that Bridge to Nowhere," Palin said Tuesday in Lebanon, Ohio.

Earlier: Obama camp calls bridge claim a 'lie'

Though Palin recently came out against the completion of the Gravina Island Bridge, she initially supported the project as governor before it became a national symbol of wasteful pork barrel spending. In 2007, Palin’s office cancelled work on the bridge, but Alaska still kept the federal funds that were allocated for state transportation projects.

In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in earmarks, and in a Fairbanks newspaper column earlier this year, she wrote that federal monies, including earmarks, are “incredibly important” to the state. Palin also helped secure millions of dollars in federal money for her hometown of Wasilla while she was mayor.

Nevertheless, Palin told the outdoor audience in Ohio - many of whom came out in spite of the rain – that she was a champion of earmark reform in Alaska.


She then accused Barack Obama of using his role in the Senate to exploit the federal system.

“So as we reformed the abuses of earmarks in our state, our opponent was requesting nearly a billion dollars in earmarks as a senatorial privilege, as I was vetoing half a billion as an executive responsibility,” she said.

Palin said she and McCain “are ready to work together to end these corrupt practices once and for all in our Congress.”


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. A Boston

    Not just the Obama Campain but FactCheck.org Says you're a LIER!
    You'll say anything for the White House but I'm not stupid enough to not do my own research. You're SCARY!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. S. Boatman

    The Facts Are Out For The World To See Palin! You Are Telling Lies To Everyone Everywhere You Go! Why Not Take A Few Questions From The Press? . . . I Thought So! . . . This Is Why Your Nickname Has Been Changed From Baracuda To . . . Spit And Run Palin!

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Scott Tucson

    Is Obama going to stick to his claim that he's not a Muslim after his slip of the tongue to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday??

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. shelly from TX

    OMG

    she's actually insane

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. sophia nyc

    Palin's fundamentalist conservative ideology will destroy this country.

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Lies and smears and misrepresentations, oh my!

    (Think Wizard of Oz for the cadence on that.)

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Ralph R. Garcia

    You can't have it both ways Ms Palin. Keep trying tho. Soon it'll backfire.

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    So the party in power for the last eight years is the party of change.

    The GOP is a champion of women's rights; the Dems are sexist.

    GOP = reform; Dems = corruption.

    GOP is anti-lobbyist; Dems are loaded with them.

    GOP takes the high road in campaigns; Dems are negative.

    A 20-month gov. of Alaska, with a BA in Journalism, and experience as Miss Congeniality is highly qualified; a man with a Harvard law degree and a former constitutional law professor and state legislator and US senator is unqualified.

    Up is down; black is white.

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. MCcain is a Liar and Palin is Dick Cheney with Lipstick

    More and More Lies from the Republicans how can you he agianst earmarks and wastful spending if YOu request earmarks and paid lobbyist to get that money for you. More and More lies from the Republicans everyday. Obama Biden is the clear choice in this election

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. laurence

    For the love of money she and those who have been blinded by evil (republican party) will do and say anything that does not represent anything of Christ! I really do believe that even if the Lord Himself were to come down out of the sky and tell them this woman and John McCain are as its been proven to be liars, they would just as well burn in hell rather than support a black man who has s how himself to at least be a hole lot better for this country then these two swindlers. So that's what an evangelical is? A political bigot and a religious racist!

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. People make no sense

    If you lie loud enough stupid people will believe it!

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Brien

    Thats right, just keep telling the same lie, eventually the public believes anything if you just tell them its the truth over, and over, and over! OH, and why is she allowed to make the bulldog/lipstick joke!? If a man would have made that joke it would have been shouted down for weeks. Reverse Sexism!!!

    September 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Jeff G

    She also lied when she she said that she fired her chef. In fact she was merely transferred. Instead Palin asked the taxpayers to pay for the food she and her family ate at home. She also charged the people of Alaska for travel expenses for nights she stayed at home. Some reformer.

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Sarah Barracuda: "And if the real thing don't do the trick, you'd better think up something quick."

    Seems what she is best at is lying repeatedly, over and over, ad nasium. I hope the majority of Americans come to realize that her persona is pure myth, she is totally unqualified for the position, and many of her views are extreme.

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Justin, ny

    WHEN WILL SHE BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HER CONSTANT LIES?!?!?!?!?!

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Brian Wilson

    So she vetoed half a million in earmarks while Obama pressed for a billion in earmarks. I think that's pretty clear. Just another example of the media trying to smear Palin.

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. RW

    She was O.K. for a while but she's starting to sound a little old
    and mousey now.
    She need to change that broken record.

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. More!

    I think that's the only line the McCain camp fed her so she just has to say it over and over again. I mean, if you say it enough times, it's fact, right?

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. McCain + Sarah = empty suits

    What a liar even when caught on tape.
    Typical Republican hypocrisy.
    Fools being led to the slaughter house, dont think for yourselves,
    Vote for fake marvericks.

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Maybe if you keep saying it, it becomes true....

    I'm a multi millionaire...
    I'm a multi millionaire...
    I'm a multi millionaire...
    I'm a multi millionaire...
    I'm a multi millionaire...

    Ugh... I guess it doesn't work... I'm not a multi millionaire....

    I'm so tired of Palin and her lies.

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. MikeH

    And she's a liar for it.

    Read the record folks. GO OUT AND RESEARCH THE RECORD!

    "If you tell a lie long enough people will start to believe it" – Joeseph Goebbles, Adolph Hitler's Minister of Propaganda.

    So the Republican party is now resorting to NAZI propaganda tactics.

    The question now is, will CNN become an arm of of the Republican Propaganda Ministry?

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Scary thought

    "Any time someone goes to the library and says, 'I want to ban books,' and the librarian says 'no,' and she threatens to fire them - that's scary," he said.

    That just reminds me of Nazis burning books in 1933. They burnt everything un-German. Will palin burn everything that is un Christian? Scary Scary thought.

    I'd go for Obama any day though he is not the one I prefer

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. alan j baer

    lies lies lies

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. PA Independent

    That's the way to do it. Get caught red-handed in a lie so you just keep pounding away at it, repeating and repeating it until people actually believe it's true. Like Hitler's Big Lie rants against the Jews. Like WMD's in Iraq. Like Saddam's involvement in 9/11.

    Dubya Bush must be bursting with pride – after all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Nicole In NE

    I guess the American people love a person who can deceive them over, and over and over.....

    Thanks for nothing! You gave us Bush twice and now her....

    September 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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