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. Tuoyo

    Lol we call this the dog eat dog effect

    September 3, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Ex-Republicans for Obama

    Wow!!! This story is unravelling faster than a ball of yarn!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Ruby C. Stewart

    Hey McPalin! Where's your sense of humor? Huh? Say what?

    September 3, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. jay

    is this the same GOP that got mad at CNN and MSNBC for not following up on the NATIOnal INQUIRE story son Sen. Edwards.

    September 3, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Neil

    This is complete manufactured outrage.

    The NATIONAL ENQUIRER? Who the heck pays attention to that?!?!

    Well, besides bat-boy's mother cutting out clippings for the cave wall...

    This is desperate by the McCain campaign. My vote has been with Obama from the very beginning, but I always really respected McCain. I voted for him in the primaries in 2000. But COME ON.

    How the mighty have fallen.

    September 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Vic

    When John McCain pick Sarah Palin as his VP and not the better qualify Elizabeth Dole; he looks to the nation and said: "My viagra intake is now over; phoenix is rising." This is some straight talk. lol

    Republican voting Obama/Biden 08

    September 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Cathy

    McCain where is your sense of humor now??? And don't you dare try to blame Obama's campaign for this too. It's the republicans who have played dirty politics time and time again!!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. iwannatalk2

    Is anybody looking at the Republican convention? Is it a true reflection of our country and the people in it? It is as white as can be. Nothing against white folks, God bless'em, but the republican party is as non-inclusive as you can get. I'd rather vote for someone who is going to think of everybody in the nation, not just a small few. And it is as BORING AS ALL GET-OUT!!!! I mean really!!! I enjoyed hearing about what McCain's life has been about, and he is an American hero. But he proved that he is as senile as they come when he picked that broad from Alaska! How crazy is he?! Really crazy y'all!!! I mean he could have found many republican women waaaaayy more qualified than that girl. Seriously.
    I'm a republican who is going to vote for Obama. I think if people think about it- it their heart of hearts- they know that if McCain keeled over tomorrow, who in their right mind would want some lady that we don't even KNOW in charge of the country??!! And God forbid as well should somebody get to Obama- would you feel bad if Joe Biden became the President? No! I wouldn't have any problem at all. John McCain, you did the republican party a disservice when you put Palin on the ticket.
    You really did.

    Oh well. Go O-Biden!!!!!
    Obama-Biden 08!

    September 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    What's the old adage?..........................Live by the sword..................etc.

    McBush has decapitated his own campaign.

    Love it!

    September 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Republicans Hate America

    what about the smearing of the Obama family in the best selling book from the same losers that brought you the swift boat on John Kerry. Thats a book of lies maybe the Obama camp should sue them. Oh wait Obamas got better things to do like fix the mess you republicans made.

    September 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. William, from Cali!

    If they lied about her and slandered her good name....... and told "false un-truths" about her.............."then she should sue 'em"!.............This is America and we still have laws against that type of behavior...........

    September 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. karen-phoenix

    Go back and check on what she did to that little town in Alaska. THe town of 6,000 was solvent until she became mayor. Now they are 20,000,000 in the hole after Palin decided to build a "sports complex" and the sewage treatment plant that needed help NEVER got a dime.
    It also is the "Meth" capital of Alaska!!! McCain, what were you thinking???? This woman probably DID have affairs and so did her husband. After what I've heard about her in the last two, I would believe it in a heartbeat!!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Chris

    Dude, McCain... I don't know about your campaign... but personally, I've always had the stance that whatever the National Enquirer is bullsh**. I'm not exactly sure why you fell the need to call the cover's content a "vicious lie"... I mean, we're talking about the magazine that thinks Elvis is still alive, and that Aliens land on earth for the first time in history... every other month! Now, I know you've been busy fending off legitimate criticism all week about Palin, your Vetting process, and your campaign's apparent desire to "not discuss the issues" so your trigger-finger might be a little itchy... And I understand your campaign would rather be parading around a pregnant teenager as a reason social conservatives should like your campaign, but relax a bit, eh?That, and you might want to ask someone a bit... younger... how factual this thing called the "Internet" is, and how little people pay attention to most of it's rumors when they aren't brought into the MSM with a vehement denial. Of course, you could always ask your opponent how he dealt with the ones created by your supporters; that reaction was a bit more controlled and palatable.

    September 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Independent

    Didn't John Edwards deny the enquirers allegations as well?

    September 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. ralph

    Oh Gee! McCain is upset over a magazine that has even less credibility than a comic book? talk about over reacting.

    September 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Jean

    This is what happens after the kind of vetting done by McCain. He said he was pleased with the results, so this is what he asked for. The American public deserves better.

    September 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Jennifer

    Good comment ex-repub and right on! Sense of humor, ha-ha, over Corsi's book but now who's got the last laugh... go Dems, let's win this game and get on with the rebuilding and healing and more!

    September 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. ebk

    OH my Goodness. I can't take anymore of this soap opera!!!! This is too much stuff coming at me regarding Palin. This is better than the The Young & Restless and Bold & Beautiful combined. THIS IS TOO GOOD!!!
    Yeah so back to the issues, Obama/Biden 08

    September 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. White older evangelical woman from the south for OBAMA




    September 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Breauxman

    CNN has a lot of Libby Dems hot and bothered by Palin.

    "Don't pay no mind to the exit polls this Nov. -Remember 2004"

    1 more for McCain Nation

    September 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Texas Democrat

    Even though its the Enquirer, there may be some truth to the article. My parents always told me "Where there's smoke, there's fire."

    September 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Christie

    Obama was called Muslim and a terrorist by republican author. Yet Obama did not cry like a baby. Wake up McCain . Americans are not stupid.

    September 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Democrats Rule

    This is just plain sad. I'm beginning to question whether Senator McCain has enough sense to continue in the Senate where there are 99 others to keep him out of the trees. This man can't run a campaign, let alone a country.

    September 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. Smart_Lady

    What hypocrisy from the liberal left! They are the party that has always promoted women can do it wives, mothers, and career women. And then when one appears on the scene that is a different party, the hypocrisy starts!! And the American people can see it. Obama-Biden will bring nothing new, just plain ole politics as usual. And you people are all deceived. The blind following the blind.

    September 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Frankie

    Hasty decisions? Judgment? Impulsivity? Temperament? Question character of opponent? Slam opponent's family? Tell half truths? Facade of change when voted over 90% with Bush? Now sexism? About candidate not issues? Cannot question new VP choice?

    McCain's campaign

    September 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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