Senator: Gov. Palin an 'earmark queen'
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that she was still uncomfortable with the possibility of a person who is "in line to be Vice President to 'one of the oldest presidents we've ever had that has never met a world leader'."
"I think what's really important here is that we begin to have a real dose of the truth about the presidential candidate and the vice presidential candidate on the Republican side," Sen. McCaskill said, "in terms of this image of reform."
"Sarah Palin," she continued, "has taken more in federal earmarks per person than any governor in the history of the planet... While John McCain was making fun of DNA earmarks for bears, she was asking for a DNA earmark for seals almost at the identical moment."
McCain's age, McCaskill added, is a real issue, along with who is going to be "one heartbeat away" from taking his place should he become President and die in office.
"I think you need look no further than the Op/Ed page in the New York Times today," said McCain adviser and former Hewlett Packard chairwoman Carly Fiorina, "to realize that the Democratic Party is in full-throated panic over Sarah Palin. You have a column by Maureen Dowd that is mean-spirited in the extreme. You have a column by Frank Rich that is disrespectful to a presidential candidate who is vigorous, who is able to govern for eight years, and who will be--current trajectory--the President of the United States. And you have a column by Tom Friedman, whom I generally love, who is reverting back to the old argument that conservatives are stupid."
"Look," Fiorina charged, "Sarah Palin has transformed this race." Bringing up McCain's age in the context of his capabilities as President, she added, was ageism, "disrespectful in the extreme."
"This continued resort to 'he's too old' is desperation, frankly, not to mention disrespectful to a very capable Commander-in-Chief," Fiorina continued. She contended that Sen. Obama has requested "almost a billion dollars worth of earmarks during a very short tenure in the Senate." She was also interrupted by Sen. McCaskill while extolling Palin's open sentiment that earmarks were "corrupting," noting that the Governor pocketed the funds for the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" she eventually opposed, and has herself, throughout her political career, requested a nine-figure sum for Alaska, including with the use of lobbyists.
"Sarah Palin has been an earmark queen in Alaska," McCaskill said. "That's the facts."
The following video was broadcast on ABC's This Week on September 14, 2008: