Palin: Pelosi telling 'tight-faced lie' on healthcare reform law waivers

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Wednesday accused House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of telling a "tight-faced lie" in saying she had nothing to do with healthcare reform waivers granted to companies in her district.

During an appearance on Fox News's "Hannity," Palin echoed a quip made by comedian Dennis Miller that Pelosi was telling "a tight-faced lie" on the issue of the waivers — a reference to speculation that she has undergone plastic surgery.

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"In the words of Dennis Miller today, who said on Fox in reference to something Nancy Pelosi said, what she is saying is a tight-faced lie," Palin said. "We cannot believe what it is she tells us now."

Palin is continuing her offensive against the former House Speaker over reports that a large number of San Francisco-area businesses got waivers, arguing they're an example of "crony capitalism."

But according to the company that managed the waiver applications, which is owned by a Republican, Pelosi had no influence over the waiver process.

Pelosi has repeatedly rebutted Palin's claims. Her spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, tweeted Wednesday: "Dear #GOP, No fake controversy will distract from your vote to end Medicare. Putting waiver lie to bed: http://go.usa.gov/jmV."

Miller, a right-leaning comic and former "Saturday Night Live" star, originally made his joke on Fox News's "O'Reilly Factor."

"At this point in time, I can't tell if Nancy Pelosi is telling a bold-faced lie, or a two-faced lie, or a tight-faced lie. But I'll tell you this, I consider her to be the preeminent liar of her generation," he said.


—This post was updated at 11:16 a.m.