ST. PAUL (CNN) – John McCain's campaign Wednesday called the tough media scrutiny of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin a "faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican" vice presidential nominee.
The McCain campaign has been engaged in an increasingly fierce offensive against media coverage of McCain's choice of running mate that has questioned how her experience would be applied to the vice president's job.
"Governor Sarah Palin is an exceptional governor with a record of accomplishment that exceeds, by far, the governing accomplishments of Senator Obama," wrote senior adviser Steve Schmidt in a memo sent to reporters Wednesday morning. "Her selection came after a six-month long rigorous vetting process where her extraordinary credentials and exceptionalism became clear."
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"This vetting controversy is a faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States who has never been a part of the old boys' network that has come to dominate the news establishment in this country."
Over the past several days, the McCain campaign has been questioned about the Palins' business dealings and political affiliations, and the governor's reformer record. The Palins and the campaign have issued statements on the pregnancy of 17-year-old daughter Bristol, and the two-decade old DWI arrest of the governor's husband Todd.
The campaign, which has spent the summer complaining about news coverage of the presidential race, has spent the past few days pushing back on blogosphere rumors – including the release of a blizzard of memos and documents in recent days many of which had not yet been reported in mainstream media outlets.
As reporters continue to press for details on the thoroughness of McCain's vice presidential vetting process, Schmidt, a former senior adviser for President Bush's 2004 re-election team, said the Arizona senator "picked his governing partner after a long and thorough search.
"The McCain campaign will have no further comment about our long and thorough process. This nonsense is over. .The American people get to do the vetting now on Election Day – November 4th."