At a fundraiser in Canton, Ohio, this evening, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had an interesting description of her speech to the Republican convention. “There Ohio was right out in front, right in front of me," Palin said. "The teleprompter got messed up, I couldn’t follow it, and I just decided I’d just talk to the people in front of me. It was Ohio.”
Is this true? Again, the strangeness of this lie is that it’s easily rebutted by the record:
McCain-Palin campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds says no, and disputes any notion that Palin was implying that she ad-libbed the speech by saying she "couldn’t follow it" on the teleprompter, so she "just decided I’d just talk to the people in front of me." McCain-Palin spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker says, "She was off the prompter at points."
Her convention speech followed the script perfectly. Tapper adds:
I should note that, after Palin’s speech, some conservative bloggers reported that sources close to McCain had told them that the teleprompter had broken and Palin "winged it." "The teleprompter did not break," wrote Politico’s Jonathan Martin. "Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not ‘wing it’…"
Bu she’s still repeating the lie.