BARBARA WALTERS: "She [Governor Sarah Palin] also took some earmarks..."
JOHN MCCAIN: "No, not as governor she didn't. She vetoed - Look, well, the fact is she's a reform governor."
--ABC "The View," Sept. 12, 2008.
John McCain is trying to claim that black is white when he argues that his running mate, Sarah Palin, has not accepted earmarks as Governor of Alaska. While it is true that she has sought fewer earmarks than her predecessor, Governor Frank Murkowski, Alaska still leads the nation in terms of per capita spending on earmarks, according to Citizens Against Government Waste.
From Michael Dobs, The Fact Checker, CANDIDATE WATCH Weekend edition