LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - John McCain and Sarah Palin are criticizing Democrat Barack Obama over requesting money for his home state of Illinois even though the Alaska governor's record is mixed.
At a rally, the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate accused Obama of requesting nearly $1 billion in earmarks. In fact, Obama hasn't asked for any earmarks this year and last year, he sought $311 million worth. Palin has cut back on pork-barrel requests, but in her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation.