From the day he named Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) to be his vice presidential running mate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been citing Palin’s opposition to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere as the prime example of her ability to stand up to lobbyists and wasteful spending.
That claim has been repeatedly debunked. In fact, in 2007, Palin lamented that Congress had “little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island.” Political leaders in Ketchikan, such as mayor Bob Weinstein, have expressed outrage at Palin’s betrayal of their cause:
People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, I’m for this’ … and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting.
The McCain campaign, however, continues to repeat the lie. ThinkProgress has put together a Lies To Nowhere report, documenting every time the McCain campaign repeats the myth that Palin opposed the Bridge to Nowhere. So far, we have counted the lie being repeated at least 18 times: