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Question: Did Palin put jet up for sale on eBay?

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 10:28 am in 2008 presidential election.

Alasak Gov. and 2008 GOP veep nominee Sarah Palin

Alasak Gov. and 2008 GOP veep nominee Sarah Palin

I spoke last night to a meeting of the Mt. Diablo Businesswomen and one of the questions the women asked me was whether or not Alaska Gov. and GOP veep candidate Sarah Palin lied during her acceptance speech about selling the state’s jet on Ebay.

I didn’t have an answer, so I checked it out.

No, she didn’t lie. But some people incorrectly believed the state sold the jet on eBay. It didn’t.

Here’s what she actually said at the Republican National Convention: “While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for.That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.”

Yes, Palin put the jet up for sale on eBay. But the Westwind II jet never sold there.

According to PolitiFact: “The plane, bought by her Republican predecessor whom she beat in 2006, was listed for sale three times on the San Jose internet auction giant. But no one ever met the minimum bid. The plane was listed with an asking price of $2.5 million in 2007. The state had paid just under $2.7 million for it in 2005. Finally, the state turned to an aircraft broker, who sold the jet to an Alaskan businessman for $2.1 million.”

Frankly, it’s a difference without a distinction.

Palin unloaded the jet. And she did it in a state where it makes a whole lot of sense to have one. I have visited the Alaska communities of Nome, Kotzebue and Ambler and air travel was a necessity due to the rugged terrain and vast distances between communities.

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  • John W.

    I wonder if she will sell the Air Force One and Marine One fleets. Or ask the Libary of Congress how they would feel about perhaps removing a few books.

  • greg

    Yeah, she was misleading but technically correct.

    However, John McCain has been saying that Palin actually sold the jet on eBay and did so for a profit, neither of which is true. It didn’t sell when it was on eBay and was later sold at $600,000 loss.