After the talking point was thoroughly debunked, the McCain campaign slowly backed away from the claim that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said “thank but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. But in Wisconsin today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) brought the line back, claiming that Palin “stood up against” the project:
MCCAIN: Let me mention to you one more time, the earmarks and pork-barrel spending very quickly because, because, it is so important because it is not only gotten out of control, but it’s end up with members of Congress residing in federal prison cause it’s corrupting and it’s your money and they think it’s their’s. They think it’s their money, not yours. And we’ve had a Bridge to Nowhere, $233 million bridge in Alaska, which I’m glad, happy to say, this governor stood up against.
As ThinkProgress has noted, when Palin ran for governor, she supported the project and defended it against “the spinmeisters” who wanted to turn it “into something that’s so negative.” When she finally redirected funds away from the bridge, she lamented the fact that Congress had “little interest in spending any more money” on the project.
McCain’s claim today is at least the 37th time his campaign has lied about Palin and the bridge: