GOP Govs Back Down, Request Stimulus Funds

Ambitious conservatives cave on most federal aid dollars
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2009 10:56 AM CDT
In a Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford gestures as he gives his State of the State address, at the State house in Columbia, S.C.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)
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(Newser) – Tough talk about rejecting stimulus funds earned some GOP governors—and presidential hopefuls—plenty of headlines, but reality has set in, Politico reports. Under fire from their legislatures, Bobby Jindal, Mark Sanford, and Sarah Palin have all requested funds in the past week. “At this point it looks like everybody’s on board with the program,” said an OMB rep.

“We’ve tried to compromise in a variety of different way," said Sanford. “I got beaten up pretty bad on it.”