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Earmarks, gas taxes and roads

From NBC's Kristin Wilson
McCain, trying to burnish his "everyday man worries" credentials, repeatedly told reporters aboard his Straight Talk Express that "we ought to give the American people a break" on gas prices for the summer.

He suggested that giving Americans a break should include canceling the "Bridge to Nowhere" pork project in Alaska "and the $2.3 billion dollars in pork barrel projects that Sen. Clinton has asked for... that have contributed nothing to America's transportation system."

McCain said these earmarks have gone to unnecessary and unwanted projects that should have gone to repair the bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed last summer.

"The bridge in Minneapolis didn't collapse, because there wasn't enough money," he said. "The bridge in Minneapolis collapsed because so much money was spent on wasteful, unnecessary pork barrel projects."

A long-time opponent of pork barrel spending, McCain fired buck shot at his fellow legislators who earmark billions of dollars per year for projects in their home districts.

"It should surprise no one, when we look at the lists of projects that we are funding that have everything to do with power and the influence of the individual congressman or senator, and it has nothing to do with the actual transportation needs of the United States," he said. "Need I say more?"