“There was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney. You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one,” said John McCain during the second presidential debate while pointing his finger impolitely at Barack Obama.
Events involving: John McCain
The Gravina Island Bridge was labeled the bridge to nowhere for a reason: It would have cost $400 million to connect the town of Ketchikan, Alaska, to Gravina Island, an island of 50 residents.
Sarah Palin was the most prominent figure to promote the bridge and seek funding for its construction. In the face of strong opposition – even John McCain ran advertisements saying the bridge was wasteful spending -, Palin dropped the project during the 2008 presidential campaign.
But she didn’t stop there. She spent $25 million to build a highway that leads to where the Gravina Island bridge was supposed to pick up. The federal funding was earmarked to the construction of the bridge, so it was wasted on a road rather than return the money to Washington.
Palin didn’t get her bridge to nowhere, but she got her road to nowhere.
She now acts as if she had always been against the project.
“I think – I’ll have my staff get to you. It’s condominiums where – I’ll have them get to you,” answered John McCain to a Politico reporter asking him how many houses he and his wife Cindy owned.
Reporter: “How will McCain make the case that you’ll provide the change that the voters seem to want both on Iraq and on the economy?”
Bush: “Uhm, sort of we won’t! … Let me start off by saying that in 2000, I said vote for me, I’m an agent of change. In 2004, I said, I’m not interested in change. I want to continue as president. Every candidate has to say change. That’s what the American people expect.”
“You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran? Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran, anyway.” sang John McCain in answer to a reporter asking how we should address the real problem in the Middle-East.