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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Palin takes lying to a whole new level

Palin tells her "Bridge to Nowhere" lie over 30 times, then gets called on it during Charlie Gibson's interview and has no choice but to backtrack a bit. As I blogged about yesterday, she left it out of the speech she gave yesterday in Alaska.

Today she returned to the campaign trail in the Lower 48, in Carson City, Nevada... and she brought the lie right back!
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- In her first solo campaign rally outside of Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin drew an enthusiastic crowd at the Pony Express Pavilion Saturday and returned to a familiar refrain about the “Bridge to Nowhere.”

Palin has come under fire in recent days for misleadingly saying she told Congress “thanks but no thanks,” refusing an earmark for a bridge to a sparsely inhabited island in her home state. Independent groups and media fact-checkers have said Palin advocated for the federal earmark before opposing it, only ended after Congress had essentially killed it, and kept the $223 million for the appropriation after the project was killed.

Palin had cut the refrain from her speech during her three-day visit to Alaska. But she came back to it today, citing it as an example of earmark reform she and McCain would push for in the White House.

“I told Congress thanks but no thanks to that Bridge to Nowhere -- that if our state wanted to build that bridge, we would build it ourselves," she said.
Unbelievable. What does this say about her character?

UPDATE: Ooh, extra super bonus lie from Nevada's Lt Governor, who was at the rally:
Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki said on stage that 10,000 people were in the crowd, but parks officials said the pavilion held only 3,500 people.
This is not an isolated incident for the McCain types.


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