September 3rd, 2008
05:45 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain camp denies Enquirer story, threatens lawsuit

ST. PAUL (CNN) - A senior adviser to John McCain’s campaign threatened a lawsuit against the National Enquirer Wednesday over “baseless attacks” in a cover story about Sarah Palin that included allegations of marital infidelity.

“The smearing of the Palin family must end,” said senior adviser Steve Schmidt. “The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Governor Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie.

“Governor Palin is the most popular governor in the country. She is a proven leader, an accomplished executive, a champion for ethics reform, and a fighter against corruption. The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it.

He also said that “legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.”

Over the past few days, the McCain campaign has issued increasingly aggressive responses to rumors about the presumptive Republican VP nominee, including some detailed public statements denying sensational stories that had not previously been reported by any mainstream media organizations.

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  1. Billy

    Will McCain sue Noonan and Murphy for their off the air remarks on McCain's choice for VP?

    Youtube search "Noonan and Murphy on Palin"

    September 3, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Sharon Walker

    Dear Friends:
    Lets hear it for politics diaper pins, baby bottles, we have listened to Obama whine and cry and waa waa they almost hit me! Bad Boys!
    Now we have Palin and baby bottles. Four years of this!!!! Help!!!! Get the President to make a bill and get the job done! This is not political issues of military and Federal Government. Our tax dollars! Are you kidding? I hope Jay Leno and Letterman are more interesting than this.

    September 3, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Sharon Walker

    Dear Friends:
    Palin get real give it up and do us all a favor

    September 3, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Gavyn. Waco, Texas.

    Barack Obama didn't threaten to sue the tabloids when they wrote absurd stories about him and accused him of being gay. SUCK IT UP, MCCAIN. You are such a cry baby!

    September 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. TomfromIowa


    September 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Chris (UK)

    "The smearing of the Palin family must end."
    What? The GOP doesn't like a taste of their own medicine?

    September 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. kc

    As an American, I know and respect Biden's experience and dedication to public service which has been uncompromised by travel, family, salary and position. He is a great American VP personality and matched by experience. On the other hand, Palin is anything but what I hoped the Republican Party VP choice to be. There are at least TEN women in politics and public service with leadership and experience equal to, if not better, than that of Biden. What was McCain thinking? This is a big decision and demonstration of competence and thoughtfulness which McCain blundered! This IS Another Bad judgment by McCain even before he is president.
    I mean that the DNC and Obama are not having to defend their judgment and choice and are not having to "push their VP choice" down our collective throats-We all see that this is a bad call and BAD JUDGMENT from McCain.
    As a woman, I know how hard it is to raise two kids and be available at 100% at my capacity at work. So how does the RNC expect us to "relate" when raising five children, soon to be six, since a teen pregnancy means grand ma raises the child; and a Down's Syndrome baby 4 months old means NO WAY can she be dependable! I want my VP of USA to be alert and available at 100% say Palin is scheduled to be in Middle East when her Down's syndrome baby has life-threatening health issue requiring ICU stay, I do not want my VP to have that dilemma!
    Palin makes a good story for a teacher an administrator or even Alaskan Governor, BUT NO WAY VP OF USA.

    September 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. jay

    Thanks, but no thanks miss alaska!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. renee- Florida

    Wow...this is getting ugly. But the Repubs ( and even some Dems) have been hard on Obama too. Everyone is fair game. There's no use crying now... The Repubs can certainly dish it, but can they take it?!?

    September 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Adrienne

    Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan and former John McCain adviser, Time columnist, and MSNBC contributor Mike Murphy were caught on tape disparaging John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate.

    September 3, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Hey...when Corsi wrote his book about Obama I thought the GOP said:
    "You have to have a sense of humor" and just said oh well.

    Now its suddenly wrong to put baseless words into print? Hypocracy anyone?

    So where is freedom of speech now GOP? The GOP must STOP their desire to anhialate our constitutional rights.

    September 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Tyrone Brown

    The vetting process continues.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I'm sorry, the fact that the McCan't campaign is pissed about the National Enquirer is hilarious. I think their last article headlined a monkey who spoke English and claimed to be a alien.

    September 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Burt

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

    September 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    The truth always hurts.

    September 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. gluvnast

    these days the national enquirer has more merit than MSM

    September 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. R. Squibbs

    Disgusting. But what do you expect from the National Inquirer?

    Aside from that, does anyone else here think the McCain campaign is ultimately doing themselves more harm than good by inflating Palin's reputation and qualifications to such absurd levels? They're making her sound like FDR, Susan B. Anthony, Mr. Smith, and the Messiah all rolled into one. And she's actually just a former Mayor of a tiny town and a first-term governor of a state with a very small population, who (like many politicians) has already had a history of ethics problems and a penchant for earmarks. If they would just say that she's an up-and-coming public servant who's being treated unfairly by the media, rather than artificially inflating her resume, they'd look less foolish and help her out more. Just a thought.

    September 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Kitten for Obama

    Well John Edwards said the same thing, they were lies. I wonder about all of this, McCain did not properly vet her. Yes she was in a state that the people kept things covered, now you are on the national level everything goes. You wonder why so many people didn't want their names in the hat. Republicans and Deomocrats. This is going to be a bitter pill to swallow if it is true. THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Adam Habib Dallas, TX

    Do not mess with national enquirer. If you do not believe me, ask John Edwards. They will not dare to say it about a VP candidate unless they know what they are doing.

    September 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Filipina

    OMG!!! is there more we have to learn about this woman? She is maverick like you McSame both cheaters!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    Hey, we all thought that the Enquirer was wrong about John Edwards and look what happened. Wouldn't it be real cute if it is found to be true – good judgement on McCain first big executive decision!

    September 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Angela

    Imagine Karl Rove’s tag team partner Steve Schmidt, who just happens t be McCain’s senior advisor is reading the National Enquirer. Doesn’t he have better things to do?

    Their new game plan is to cry sexism even when there isn’t any. WATCH CAREFULLY!!!

    BE CAREFUL of the Karl Rove tactics. Remember who won in 2004 (Bush) even though we all regret that now!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Lee from FL

    they beat the crap out of Obama with the rev.Wright stuff,
    now its your turn McCain,take it like a man

    September 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. oldsoldierboy

    Palin's new son-in-law needs to go back to school and get a job or he will be forced to rely on the republicans idea of universal healthcare. The emergency room.

    September 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Mike in Cali

    Didn't the Enquirer first break the John Edwards infidelity story?
    Hmmmm, Inquiring minds want to know.

    Vote Ron Paul 8

    September 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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