[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/10/art.palin.red.jpg]Steve Turnham
One thing about Alaska politicians, they don't mince words. When Ted Stevens wants a project funded, he'll come out and ask for it, critics be dammed. And when you asked Governor Palin a tough question, she'll say exactly what she thinks. As one observer of Alaska politics put it, "I've never known her to lie."
Which is why the questionable claims in her shiny new stump speech are striking a false note back home.
Take that bridge.
When exactly did she tell Congress "no thanks" to the Bridge to Nowhere? Congress lifted the requirement that transportation money be spent on the bridge in November of 2005. Palin didn't become Governor until December of 2006, after campaigning for the bridge.
Fudging timelines is nothing new in politics, but Palin has a well earned reputation as the straightest of straight shooters.
To those who know her well back home, the double talk of the stump speech just isn't her style.
It'll be interesting to see, once she starts talking directly to the press again, if a politician who prides herself on speaking the truth will take on the tough questions, or stick to the new script.
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