From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger
LEBANON, Ohio -- Palin continued to attack Obama on earmarks Tuesday, reiterating her opposition to the "Bridge to Nowhere" while stressing Obama requested earmarks as a "senatorial privilege."
"As we reformed the abuses of earmarks in our state, our opponent was requesting nearly a billion dollars in earmarks as a senatorial privilege as I was vetoing half a billion as an executive responsibility," she told a crowd outside the historic Golden Lamb hotel before introducing McCain, adding, "Let me relate that to all of you though, not just Alaskans who I've been serving. It is now time to take that positive agenda of relief for taxpayers on a national level and we will work for that tax relief for all of you.
"I told Congress thanks but no thanks for that 'Bridge to Nowhere' up in Alaska. If a state wanted a bridge, we were gonna build it ourselves."
But Palin has come under from Democrats and non-partisan fact-checkers for saying she opposed federal funding for a bridge to a sparsely populated Alaskan town, when she originally supported the bridge as a gubernatorial candidate. She kept the line in her stump speech Tuesday, as part of her description of tax-and-earmark reform as governor.
"On the same day that dozens of news organizations have exposed Gov. Palin's phony Bridge to Nowhere claim as a 'naked lie,' she and John McCain continue to repeat the claim in their stump speeches," Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said. "Maybe tomorrow she'll tell us she sold it on eBay."
Palin, making her second visit to Ohio since joining the ticket, stressed the importance of the state, which she said would be a "tough battle."
"We have to take this state," she said.