NEW YORK – Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday defended two debunked television ads attacking Democrat Barack Obama and claimed erroneously that running mate Sarah Palin never sought money for lawmakers’ pet projects as Alaska governor.
Palin sought $197 million in so-called “earmarks” for 2009. In the previous budget year, she asked for earmarks worth $256 million.
McCain made the comments during a feisty grilling on ABC’s “The View,” where the panel of female hosts pressed him on Palin’s religious views, his position on abortion rights and whether he had traded in his maverick ways to placate conservatives.
Here are the facts. While Arizona is #50 in the nation when it comes to earmarks per capita, Alaska is #1.
Arizona, the second fastest growing state in the nation, will receive just $18.70 per capita in federal earmarks this fiscal year. By comparison, Alaska â€” with roughly a tenth of Arizona’s population â€” is set to receive $506.34 per capita, the highest in the nation, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group which tracks earmarks.
The state of Alaska receives about three times as much as Arizona receives in actual dollars, $346 million to $119 million.
Come on, how can he not know this? How have we slipped into some bizarro universe where we now have to fact check nearly every single thing he says about Palin? This is ridiculous.