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. scott

    Does she not know how it works. She WAS for the bridge initially. thats is a fact. so now she has to acknowledge that and explain the reasons if any not just keep saying THANKS BUT NO THANKS

    September 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Schneider (I) - CA

    Bridge to Nowhere...sounds like the McCain/Palin economic policy

    September 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Yasriel

    The woman seems to be a pathological liar. I am getting scared day after as I continue to learn about this woman.
    One, she is a religious extremist.
    Two, she is been blindly followed by some folks
    Three, she is a liar
    Four, she's running from the Press but running for VP.

    If you combine all the above points, it could get scarier if you remember Hitler was a liar too and had a large following.

    September 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. sidney from NEW YORK

    I WANT TO KNOW WHY THE MEDIA DOES NOT JUST FLAT OUT CALL IT WHAT IT IS .

    A LIE A BIG FAT LIE
    SHE AND MCAIN ARE TELLING LIE'S TO THE AMERICAN FOLKS

    THE MEDIA IS HELPING THE MACAIN CAMP TO WIN THIS BUY NOT EXPOSING THE TRUTH.

    September 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Gifty

    Go John/Sara 08

    Hillary012 – my girl

    September 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. demon_joe

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

    It would be easier if they just sent a tape recorded message to these pep rallies. It would be cheaper!

    God if I hear her voice again I'll be sick!

    Same ole lies!

    Bravo to HEART for sending donations to Obama! ROCK ON!

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Nick

    Bald faced lies , she really is a republican , she has NO problem looking the American people straight in the eyes and lying right to our faces !! Wake up people , she is not what she says she is , the only thing she is trying to reform is her past record . it's already out there for you all to fact check .

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Old Fart

    Maybe she'll be able to request a few more trillion dollars from the Chinese.

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Jean, CANADA

    For the love of GOD.....please do not let Palin and the repubs steal this election!!!!!

    She stood there face to face with those constituients in Ohio and LIED DIRECTLY TO THEIR FACES by saying she did not support the "Bridge to Nowhere". Please American people....open your eyes and see that this deciption by the repubilicans is the THE REAL DEAL!!!!

    Please do your research and see for yourself!!!\

    Ps CNN.......it's funny how the "national poll tracker" just "Re-appereared" on your website as Mccain supposedly gained an edge....I was looking for it a couple of days back and it was "No where to be found"??!!! Fancy that.....BARCK WAS AND STILL IS AHEAD!!!

    OBAMA, 08,12 THE TRUTH.

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Okay, she is running on a "record of reform" but requested over 750 million in earmarks for a state of 600,000 in 2 years as governor and another 25 million as mayor for her town of less than 8,000.

    Barack has sought 850 million (not quite the billion they keep throwing around!) for the state of Illinois, the 5th most populated state with almost 13 million in population.

    Per capita comparison: Palin – $1,250 per Alaska resident, Barack – $66 per Illinoisresident

    If McBush is serious about reform, he needs to work on his running mate first before he starts throwing stones accusations at everyone else!!!

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Penn Voter

    Go Sara kick Obama's butt. You got him running. Expose him for what he is... a big phony.

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Truth about Sarah Palin

    Google Anne Kilkenny to learn the truth about Sarah Palin. What she says is backed up by the non-partisan factcheck website.

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Truth Be Told

    To an objective observer, it appears that McCain and Palin practice what Obama and Biden preach.

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Jennifer

    How long are she and McCain going to be allowed to lie unchecked by the media or the people? They should be truthful and if they are not they should be held accountable.

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. SDunn

    She's going to keep recycling that same speech over and over again until the debate. lol This is beyond crazy. I can't believe this, but maybe McCain thinks the more you tell the lie then magically it will become truth the more you repeat it????

    September 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Gifty

    To Obama: Change we can xerox

    Go John/Sara -08

    Hillary 012

    September 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Dustin

    Liars. All of them, and the American people seem like they still haven't learned the lessons of the past 8 years. If someone keeps hitting you over and over, why would you continue to let them into your house? WHY!!!!

    September 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Yeah, that is why you requested $186M so far this year. This womanis bad news.

    September 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Pat

    CNN..Why do you only post mean and hate filled comments? It seems if the comments don't attack either party then they don't merrit posting. Just stirring the pot I suppose? So much hatred and finger pointing by people that don't want to learn the facts, but instead want to remain closeminded in everything. These same people believe every spam email is 100% factually and that no politician every manipulates words...so naive. Select any political ticker subject, look at the comments, most are ugly in content.

    September 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Houston, Texas

    This women has no shame!!!!

    This is what people hate about polotics. The Republicans always talk of morals and their Christian belief. When will their beliefs reflect in the way they conduct themselves.

    September 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. slide-of-hand

    do as i say not as i do...

    whatever happened to integrity?

    September 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Connie

    It is quite shameful to see the videos and hear her actually supporting the bridge and then when she is appointed "Governer" she does not support the bridge. So, if she says anything to get elected "Governor" in Alaska, will she just say anything to replace John McCain as "President" if they are elected. Palin claims she stopped corruption and brought down the abusers that helped to get her elected. It seems to me, she has a split personality disorder! Will the real Sarah Palin please stand up?????

    September 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Video Guy

    When is Alaska going to give the money back? If it was not used for the bridge, they have no business keeping the money.

    September 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Unempressed

    Palin requested $750 million in earmarks for 1/10 as many people that Obama requested $1 billion for!!

    She requests 10x more per capita and is trying to say Obama is the spender?!?!?!

    She's also pushing energy in Alaska – this will give more $$ to Alaska (conflict of interest???) and in the past returned $$ to citizens from energy... while at the same time requesting earmarks from other citizens?!?! CROOK!

    September 9, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. MIKE

    WOW WHAT A GROUP OF LIARS, REFRESHING AND REFORMING LIES...DESPITE THE VIDEO EVIDENCE...ITS A SHAME PEOPLE LIE WITHOUT REMORSE

    September 9, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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