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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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. JohnS

    It is over.

    America does not need this.

    Looks like Sarah Palin breaks every of her preset values.
    What a hypocrisy.

    September 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Tom in MD

    The whole "most popular governor in the country" thing is quite a stretch. She's has the highest popularity rating within her state–which should not be a surprise since she is relatively young and attractive, and is a Republican governor of a highly Republican state with a very small population. She's also very new, which means her citizens haven't had time to get sick of her and blame all their problems on her yet.

    September 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. pumped4Obama

    I'm disgusted byond control over the parading of a 17 year old unwed pregnant teen, to include the Baby daddy on the campaign trail. Am I to understand that he is a H.S. dropout? And, they're supposed to get married? Give me a break. What an awful message to send to our kids. I teach school, and even my 8th graders think it's the wrong message to send. These students seem to have more sense and moral values than the Palins, McCain, Repugnants and the evangelicals who support this farse. Thank God for sensible children!

    September 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. tim

    I thought the Enquirer was the last bastion of good journalism? So said Faux News when they questioned why real journalists weren't following the NE's lead and going with the story about Edwards and his mistress. NOW it's a rag that spreads lies? Um, OK. Let me know when you change your mind again, repubs.

    September 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Dready1Rasta

    What goes around comes around....same old way.

    September 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. I don't believe it!

    It must be true, because who really cares what the National Enquirer has to say! It must be true, and her husband didn't know. Well he knows now! Who ever this person is, he will be paid well to come out of the closet!

    September 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. pumped4Obama

    However, we are supposed to take pride in a woman who can shoot and fielddress a moose. ! LOL

    September 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Carol

    When the National Enquirer exposed John Edwards affair, the Republicans were all over it.

    Now they're (National Enquirer) a disgrace?

    September 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. ZANE

    The "guilty" always theaten with a law's their only defense!
    The National Enquirer probably has their story right.

    September 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Texas Teacher

    I think McCain should have spent more time checking this person out rather jumping to the conclusion that she was a perfect running mate after on about 15 minutes conversation. The old maverick ain't what he used to be. And Sarah Palin ain't what she appears to be at first glance either.

    This choice says a whole lot about how ready he IS to lead this country. Scarey.....

    September 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. S. Boatman

    This Is What Happens When The News Media Has To Do The Vetting! What Did You Expect? Something New And Disturbing Will Come Out Everyday! There Is Not Enough Spin In The World To Fight All The Negatives That Will Soon Come Out!

    September 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Ken Pittsburgh

    when the national enquier wrote about John Edwards then they were a great newspaper now the shoe on the other foot and the Repubs do not like it stange very strange

    September 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Independentandlovingit

    If it's true, that really would me her and McCain are made for each other, since he and Cindy are ADULTERERS! They got together while he was married to his first wife! So much for Conservative Moral/Religious Values! And he has integrity...Please..! Help me and can't stop laughing at the hypocracy

    September 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. sara

    The game is
    Bristol is about 5 months pregnant
    Bristol might have a miscarriage
    I still believe she has 4 kids unless she proves the 5th. Show us the proof. She covers her lie with another lie. She tries to push it until the election. Just like Edwards!

    September 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Adrienne

    What else is their to do in Alaska? My husband grew up in Alaska until he was a young teen. There us a 2 to 1 ratio of men vs women in Alaska. If a girl is half way pretty she is getting bonked all the time. They have sex early. That is well known. Highest std's rate over there too.

    September 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. wyoming dem

    Ask John Edwards about how the "Enquirer" gets things wrong! They break a great deal of stories on the political front! Wait till it hits Entertainment Tonight, then it will be true.

    September 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. mel

    where's your sense of humor – mccain
    can i sue you for the lies you and your repub friends have told me

    btw – mccain said he never loved his country until he was a prisoner of war – you can love your country and not be proud of some of the things it has done – michelle should start telling everyone this

    September 3, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Demdog

    OMG, next they'll be rehashing John McCain's affair with a trashy socialite named Cindy, while his wife was recuperating from an automobile accident.

    September 3, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Bryen

    Gosh! The little ole women on the Republican ticket , just can't take it. What was McCain thinking. , and to the National enquirer, werent they the ones who were following John edwards and publishing the "infedility" almost A YEAR, before, edwards admitted it. Hmmmmm..what DO they know now.
    I question McCains wisdom in nominating a VP, where the american public is going "huh".

    September 3, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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