Palin Backed 'Bridge to Nowhere' in Governor's Race

By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2008 7:05 PM CDT
Palin Backed 'Bridge to Nowhere' in Governor's Race
John McCain listens as his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, speaks during a campaign rally Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, in O'Fallon, Mo.    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin bragged yesterday about opposing a nearly $400 million pork barrel project that, it turns out, she initially supported, the AP reports. Palin did slam the so-called "bridge to nowhere" after becoming governor of Alaska 2 years ago. But on the campaign trail, she was all for the bridge linking an Alaskan town to an island with 50 residents and an airport.

“This link is a commitment to help Ketchikan expand its access, to help this community prosper,” Palin said while campaigning. Funds for the bridge were included as an earmark in a federal bill and later became a symbol of egregious congressional spending. Palin’s press secretary says she was only lukewarm about the project as a gubernatorial candidate. (Read more John McCain stories.)

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