9/08/2008

Democrats remove webpage that credited Palin with killing the bridge to nowhere

The discussion with links can be found here. The link to the Democratic website that was being used to go after Ted Stevens has been broken.


Here is the cached website that the Dems took down. Note that it says: "However, Gov. Sarah Palin said the $398 million bridge was $329 million short of full funding, and only $36 million in federal funds were set aside for it. She said it was clear Congress had little interest in spending any more money for it and that the state had higher priorities." I have highlighted the relevant text.



Even Palin's arch political enemy Sen. Ted Stevens said that Palin did not support the "Bridge to Nowhere."

Embattled Republican Sen. Ted Stevens defended fellow Alaskan and Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin, amid accusations that she once supported the infamous “bridge to nowhere” earmark but has now changed her tune.

“I don’t remember her ever campaigning for it,” said Stevens Monday night. “She was very critical of it at the time.”

Palin and Stevens have had a somewhat frosty relationship ever since Palin ousted longtime Stevens’ friend Frank Murkowski in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary. So far, Palin has not endorsed Stevens in his reelection bid this fall, however, Stevens is currently facing charges from the Justice Department that he provided false information on his financial disclosure forms.

However, when grilled about Palin’s support for the notorious $398 million bridge in Ketchikan, Alaska, Stevens replied unequivocally: “She did not support that.”

In her acceptance speech last Wednesday at the Republican Convention in St. Paul, Palin said: “I told Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that bridge to nowhere.”

Many left-leaning blogs have jumped all over the statement, accusing Palin of an outright lie.

Palin herself has insisted she opposed the bridge from the beginning.


Yet, Obama accused Palin of lying:

Obama also mocked the new TV ad put out by the McCain campaign claiming that Gov. Sarah Palin "stopped the Bridge to Nowhere."

"I gotta admit these folks are shameless," Obama said, "because the record is indisputable," he said, describing how Palin had originally supported the project.

"I wouldn’t do that," Obama said. "I mean, I'm not perfect --"


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