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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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Roney Ohio

    MCCAIN QUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! people want change new future for America not the same old politics destroying our country and makeing everyone poor. One percent od RICH families favor mccain RNC is full of rich people and they support their pockets. Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!!!!!!! real American heros!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Susan

    Boy, the news is really targeting Palin. And, why? Does not make sense. Democrats that feel the news is going a little 'too far' on Palin & family.

    September 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Rob L.

    McCain's few remaining hairs must be afire!

    September 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Rob

    The National Enquirer broke the story about the Edwards Affair too.
    Everyone blew it off until after the vote. Then it turned out the Enquirer had the story exactly right. But do not worry Palin. Since you claim to be a Christian. Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family will hail you as a Hero for staying married despite your adulterous affair.

    September 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Michael

    They seemed ok with it when John Edwards was the target, and he wasn't even campaigning...

    September 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Thomas Baird

    They say she is the most popular Governor in the country .How come I never heard of her until just recently and she wasnt even on the VP Short List.All of a sudden she is a the ideal choice and just what the republican party nedds a breath of fresh air.After 8 years of a failed republican President and VP and a failed republican party and administration of course they need a breath of fresh air .But even with Palin it would be still just more of the same Failure..

    September 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Simmons

    The republican party is supposed to be all about family values. Guiliani is speaking tonight, he had a mistress in the N.Y. state house while his wife and child resided there. Newt was interviewed last night and he was running on his wife while condemning President Clinton. Senator McCain confessed cheating on his first wife for eight years. Now, Mrs.Palin puts her daughter in the public arena when she knew she was pregnant. If these people were democrats, they would have been crucified and everyone knows it. I guess it depends on which party does the deed as to whether it is sin or not. As a Christian, the preacher that called for rain for the democratic convention, made me ashamed that he was supposedly is called a man of God.

    September 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Barbara L. Giles

    I am very disturbed about the fact that McCain did not have a discussion with Larry King because he was upset on Campbell trying to get some necessary facts that the public needs to know about Palin. He is like a spoiled brat. I hope that this attitude is not indicative of how he will run the country if he is elected. Vote Obama 08!

    September 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Terry

    The Republicans cannot take it if you have not noticed they have been abusing there power just to shut any opposition to there platform.

    September 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. tired of the Obama people

    As a former democrat of 25 years and now a registered independent, I can proudly say that I am no longer a democrat and so proud of that fact. This country is becoming increasingly more divided day by day. We should end the 2 party system and become Americans once again. Maybe then, good quality people can run for office and actually get some work done!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Veteran for Obama

    What, the National Enquirer hit a little too close to home, McInfidelity?

    September 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Robin

    This is hysterical. I haven't had this much fun watching the Republicans flounder in years.

    September 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. internet_winter

    I'm laughing so hard it hurts!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Vegas

    Well... I guess now the NE is on the same shelf as CNN...

    September 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. JL on the West Coast

    This is like a soap opera gone wrong.
    Can't wait for tomorrow.

    PS: McCain, maybe she needed more vetting....and oh, maybe you needed to get to know her better too? Just a thought

    September 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. kwesi

    Chants>>> JERRY! JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!...

    September 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Roger Mills

    Is Sarah Palin really the ABSOLUTE BEST individual the Republicans could come up with for Vice-President of the United States?

    What about Dan Quayle? Karl Rove? Dick Cheney? Albert Gonzales? Ollie North? Ralph Reed? Dan Abramhoff, ... well, I guess it true.

    September 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. PBDenver

    they should have thought of this when they spent the last years smearing the Clintions and now Michelle Obama

    payback is tough...

    I thought McCain & Palin were tough, its what day 2 and they are crying foul... come on please

    September 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. Obama for President

    Wait, I'm sorry....they're considering suing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER?? Does anybody really take the National Enquirer that seriously?

    The Republicans will accuse ANY media of being biased. What's ridiculous – NBC and ABC both carried coverage of the Republican convention last night, but neither carried coverage of the DNC until Obama's acceptance speech.

    September 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Sean

    I don't understand. Republicans are actually planning to smear Michelle Obama during their prime-time convention slot tonight, and yet they throw a hissy fit over an article about Palin in the Enquirer? What a bunch of sensitive, hypocritical, hateful slime-bags.

    September 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Katie

    Come on, hasn't every politician EVER been accused of extramarital affairs? She should just be flattered they consider her one of the gang.

    September 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Obama/Biden 2008, 20012

    Sorry John McCain.. but maybe you forgot to tell them you are a POW and rsponsible for the surge.. Maybe then they will back off Alaska Annie..


    Grow-Up and take it like a POW..!!


    September 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. No McSame in Arizona

    The Repugs can"t complain. Wasn't it the National Enquirer that broke the John Edwards scandal? Did they complain then?


    September 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Joe

    Now when did the National Enquirerer start reporting on politics? Those are smears, if there is no proof, but what other news outlets are trying to do by asking relevant questions are not smears!

    September 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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    September 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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