Some Dems Aren’t Buying Palin’s Bridge Story
Posted on Sep 1, 2008
Last Friday, as John McCain introduced his running mate to the world, Gov. Sarah Palin characterized herself as a scrappy outsider who wasn’t afraid to buck the system when she stridently challenged construction of a $223 million bridge project in Alaska, which she sardonically called “that Bridge to Nowhere.” However, that’s not quite the tack she always took on that particular subject, according to some opponents from her home state.
The Washington Post:
“I told Congress, ‘Thanks but no thanks on that Bridge to Nowhere,’ ” Palin told a crowd in Dayton, Ohio.
But prominent Alaska Democrats said Palin supported the bridge while campaigning for governor and reversed course only after vocal opposition from fiscal conservatives in Washington, including McCain.
“She was the only candidate who was saying, ‘We’re going to build that bridge,’ ” said former governor Tony Knowles (D), who lost to Palin in the 2006 general election. “She’s taking a position now which certainly wasn’t what it was when she was campaigning.”
AP photo / Stephan Savoia
Sen. John McCain smiles as his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is introduced at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio, last Friday.