Program Note: We know where Sen. Joseph Biden stands on Alaska's 'Bridge to Nowhere'... but see how he voted. Watch Drew Griffin's full report tonight 10P ET
Drew Griffin | BIO
CNN Investigative Reporter
I’ve been hearing about the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska for three years now, and thought I had heard it all. The classic example of the Senator Ted Stevens insatiable appetite for pork barrel spending has become the perennial symbol of all that is wrong in Washington.
But thanks to Senator Joe Biden, tonight we open a new chapter. The vice presidential candidate has been trying to peg the bridge on his Republican opponent. While Gov. Sarah Palin did indeed flip-flop on supporting the bridge when she learned Alaska would need to foot the entire bill, Gov. Sarah Palin never actually cast a single vote in favor of it. She was only a candidate when she pledged her support.
So what? So it turns out the story on the Democratic side of the Senate chambers is a little murky under that bridge to nowhere. Joe Biden, it turns out, actually voted for the bridge to nowhere…and he did it twice. What else? It turns out Senator Barack Obama voted the same way.
In 2005 congress passed a huge, pork filled transportation bill that included two bridges in Alaska “to nowhere.” Sens’ Obama and Biden voted in favor of the bill. Okay, the behemoth bill needed passing right? Right. Except when Senator Tom Coburn stood up and offered an amendment, essentially stripping Alaska of the Bridge to nowhere money and redirecting it to a Katrina-damaged bridge in New Orleans, Sens’ Obama and Biden voted against that.
Last week Senator Biden told a crowd John McCain’s economic plan will put us on a bridge to nowhere, “and it’s up in Alaska.” What he left out is he actually tried to buy that bridge.
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