McCain and Palin castigate the earmarks she seeks

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin are promising to put an end to "earmark" requests from Congress even though the Alaskan governor herself has sought nearly 200 million dollars in funding for special projects this year.

On the campaign trail in Virginia today, McCain equated earmarks to corruption while speaking to a crowd estimated at 23,000 in suburban Washington, D.C.

In addition to her earmark requests as governor, Palin hired a lobbyist to seek earmarks while she was mayor of tiny Wasilla, Alaska. The town obtained 27 million dollars through 14 earmarks from 2000 to 2003.

Palin says she has "championed earmark reform" as governor and reformed earmark abuse in Alaska.

The Obama camp is criticizing Palin, saying that she's been a governor who requested "more pork per person than any other state in the country."

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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