In Albuquerque, N.M., this evening, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hit back at Sen. Barack Obama’s comments earlier today assailing her record on earmarks compared to her anti-pork crusader posturing.
"Now just today, our opponent brought up earmarks, and frankly I was surprised that he raised the subject. I didn’t think he’d want to go there," Palin said, per ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala. "Our opponent has requested nearly $1 billion in earmarks in just three years. That’s about a million dollars, about a million dollars for every working day. Just wait until President McCain puts a stop to that."
Palin claimed she "championed reform of earmark spending by Congress, and I told the Congress thanks but no thanks on that 'Bridge to Nowhere,'" she said, ommiting mention that she'd campaigned for governor supporting the bridge. "If our state wanted a bridge, we’d build it ourselves."
Palin said, "We did cut back earmarks in our state and I’m ready to help John McCain end earmarks once and for all; that secret system, eleventh hour, behind-closed-doors, no public scrutiny earmark system that is broken. We will end that."
She did not go into the hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks she has sought as governor and as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, nor the fact in 2001 and 2002, McCain -- a legit pork-buster -- cited three of the pork projects she sought as "objectionable."
- Jake Tapper and Imtiyaz Delawala