Politics

McCain Campaign Lies About Palin’s Record In New Ad: ‘She Stopped The Bridge To Nowhere’

As ThinkProgress has documented, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has repeatedly lied about her support of the Bridge to Nowhere, claiming to have told Congress “thanks but no thanks,” even though she campaigned in support of the bridge and repeatedly pushed Alaska’s congressional delegation to secure the funding.

Today, in a new campaign ad declaring Palin and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “the original mavericks,” the narrator declares of Palin, “She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere.” Watch it:

The McCain campaign seems to know it is lying. The ad cites an article from the Anchorage Daily News (“Palin flies high as reformer,” 12/27/07) as proof of its claim:

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But that article says nothing about Palin “stopping” the bridge. In fact, in the sole mention of the bridge, the article suggests only that Palin “ordered her administration to seek fewer congressional earmarks after Alaska’s ‘bridge to nowhere’ became a national symbol of pork barrel spending.”

Perhaps now that Palin has finally agreed to take questions from the press, she’ll be held accountable for her less-than-straight talk.