Posted by: David Kiley on September 8, 2008
Up to now, the McCain and Obama campaigns have been just feisty complained about one another’s ads, using words like “distortion,” “Misleading,” etc.
But when it comes to the McCain/Palin campaigns continued boosting of the story that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin “said No” to the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” (This was a bridge from mainland Alaska to an island that would have cost Federal taxpayers hundreds of millions, the Obama campaign has called it an outright “LIE.”
“Lie” is a word that political campaigns are loathe to use about one another’s claims. But the Obama campaign is trying to get the attention of media, who seem to have been cowed the last week or so by the McCain campaign over charges of unfair treatment of Palin.
Here is the ad:
From Obama spokesperson Bill Burton: Despite being discredited over and over again by numerous news organizations, the McCain campaign continues to repeat the lie that Sarah Palin stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. John McCain has voted with George Bush 90% of the time and he and Sarah Palin will continue Bush’s economic policies, his health care policy, his education policy, his energy policy, and his foreign policy. McCain and Palin will say or do anything to make people believe that they will change something besides the person sitting in the Oval Office. That’s the kind of politics people are tired of, and it’s anything but change.”
There is plenty of consistent reporting and evidence that Palin endorsed the bridge project while running for governor in 2006, and then claimed to be an opponent only after Congress killed its funding the next year. Palin has used the $223 million provided for the bridge for other state ventures.
Bill Burton’s intent is spelled in his e-mail to reporters:
Burton says: “The question remains whether the same news orgs that debunked the original Bridge to Nowhere falsehood will aggressively stay on McCain and hold him accountable every time he and his campaign repeat it.”
The McCain hasn’t yet gotten back to BND. We’ll post their response if they do.
Meantime, Obama’s campaign on Monday added the “L” word to a new ad driving the point home.