September 3rd, 2008
05:45 PM ET
14 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. FL Democrat

    You CNN jokers cant leave Palin's daughter alone, but no one is reporting on the fact that Biden's daughter was arrested.

    Hmm...arrested vs. getting knocked up 1 year before you're 18. SHE'S almost 18!!! Who cares!!! She's fine...the baby will be fine. It would have been an issue if she was 15. Come on CNN....let it go. You guys are ridiculous!!!


    Hillary 2012

    September 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Max

    The truth is, the McCain camp is so conscious of their lame choice of VP. They are working hard to make it look good, therefore they can't afford any vile and ugly truth to be dug about her especially since they did not make a thourough investigation prior to selecting her..

    September 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Lacy

    So this election is high school, popularity means you can do no wrong...

    oh wait, Obama's popularity didn't stop McCain's smear campaign, as I recall, they tried to turn Obama's popularity into a negative...

    September 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. internet_winter

    This is the most entertaining political story in years!

    I literally can't wait to see what new revelation tomorrow will bring!

    September 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Dennise

    Well well well, here comes some characther defects that we all know about John McCain..Go read the history on him and Cindy.

    September 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. I don't believe it!

    I'm laughing over here! Her life should be on Jerry Springer! Not the White House

    September 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Roxy, New York

    Welcome to national politics Mrs. Palin. Clinton, Obama and McCain all had to go through it. Consider it a welcome gift.

    September 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. stephanie



    September 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Carl from MI

    I thought Mitt Romney was the most popular Governor in the nation!!!

    I hate being wrong!!!


    September 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Frank Lee

    Don't be too quick to dismiss the National Enquirer. They've been right on target lately.

    Meanwhile, Palin just keeps draining the McCain ticket dry.

    Nice job, John. You dissed Romney, Lieberman, Ridge, Hutchinson, and Pawlenty to get yourself photographed with an air-head from he Yukon.

    September 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Dem #1

    Oh my it's amusing to see how much the Mcshame people cry like babies. What's wrong can't take heat whenthrown to you but it's o.k to slander Obama and his family. This proves how onesidedc and pathetic the Mcshame camp is. Grow up Mcshames.

    September 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Gabriella, LA

    That's the name of the game.

    September 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. WHAT A JOKE!

    Tee-hee. Reublicans are foaming at the mouth. Gotta love it!

    September 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Ron , Berkeley , Ca.

    Who, or what was the extramarital affair with, I hope it was`nt with a MOOSE......

    September 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Cindy from NC

    Well the National Enquirer broke the story and they haven't lost too many law suits these days. So go ahead and sue them so the real truth comes out. I think I might actually buy my 1st copy. Or Wait, maybe the editor might hang themselves like the Washington Madame... hint hint... Republicans keep their dirty secrets closey guarded....

    September 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Erika, KS

    Sad that so many people can't handle strong women in powerful positions. I guess McCain should have learned something by the way the Obama camp treated Hillary.
    Sad, sad, sad. I guess I'll have to tell my granddaughters that only men can aspire to be president, or vice president.

    The truth appears that men would rather have a limited experienced President than a limited experienced vice president.

    September 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. rich

    Since both candidates are worthless, I decided not to vote. Now with Palin as McCain's VP,,I will vote for McCain. If McCain takes Palin off the ticket,,,It's simple – I vote for Obama just for fun.

    September 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. S. T. Agnew

    Palin must stay on the ticket. She is currently unappreciated for the help she'll give the Democrats in the upcoming days leading to the election. Besides, where can you ever find entertainment like her. Of course she had an affair. I still await proof Twig is hers. Only on the basis of what she says that Bristol is 5 months along does the prove exist. On stage tonight doesn't this have a literary parallel? Help me out here. Doesn’t Nathanial Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter come to mind? Take a back seat, Nate, because Sarah Palin’s unfolding story entwined with the RNC’s holier-than-thou MO is definitely better than fiction. In fact, if this story were a novel, it'd be thrown aside as too outrageous.

    September 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. S. Shay

    Wow. The Republicans are coming out against a story before it even prints...they must be afraid. I wouldn't be surprised if she had an affair. American politicians spend their whole lives grooming themselves to possibly be President or VP but this woman if from Alaska. First of all, they don't even like folks from the states and secondly this woman was busy not paying attention to her kids, shooting and eating moose and attending AIP meetings while bailing her drunk husband out of jail. The LAST thing on her mind was becoming the VP of the U.S. so it wouldn't surprise me that among all of the other things she was doing in her regular life she found time to have an extramarital affair. It just makes sense.

    September 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. sara

    Her conservative belief is an insult to all women who believes in equality and empowerment. She pulls the country behind! Just like she did with her family! She is an insult to our intelligence and our straggle. I am a supporter of Hillary Clinton. She is not HRC. She never will be. I actually lost all my respect for McCain for trying to manipulate us, woman by choosing picking her.

    September 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Obama Will Win

    Sarah Palin is ready to be the vice-president (of her local school board in Alaska). Bad choice Johnnie, weknow you are at a risky age to hold this office, and now you put her on the ticket. Wow. How rash.

    September 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Carol

    Give it up PRESS. Go on out to a cemetary and look for DIRT.

    Sarah has more experience and qualifications tobe Vice-President than any pick in recent history. If the Nominee were so insecure as to NEED someone ( just in case; or because they expected to be a – heart beat shy of doing th job) HE SHOULD NOT BE RUNNING. Sarah is going to HELP John McCain – not replace him. And in the event that a situation SHOULD OCCUR where she had to "STEP IN" for the President IFEEL SARAH PALIN WILL BE PREPARED AND WILL DO A TERRIFIC JOB.


    September 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Dameun Strange

    Most popular governor in the try Arnold of CalEEfornEEya. I mean McCain doesn't even know who she is...and its not because of a senior moment.

    September 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Republicans run and exclusive cult like club

    The National Enquirer were right about John Edwards. I'm willing to cut them some slack to see if they can prove their allegation.

    Also, Sarah Palin was the Governor of a state with just over 600,000 people with 25,000 people on the taxpayer payroll. That's not a small Republican Reagan type government. That's not being a Maveric.

    September 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. James

    Add FREE SPEECH as another American Right that McCain and the GOP want "thrown under the Bus".

    September 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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