September 3rd, 2008
12:13 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain camp slams 'faux media scandal'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Steve Schmidt is a top aide to John McCain."]ST. PAUL (CNN) - John McCain's campaign Wednesday called the tough media scrutiny of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin a "faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican" vice presidential nominee.

The McCain campaign has been engaged in an increasingly fierce offensive against media coverage of McCain's choice of running mate that has questioned how her experience would be applied to the vice president's job.

"Governor Sarah Palin is an exceptional governor with a record of accomplishment that exceeds, by far, the governing accomplishments of Senator Obama," wrote senior adviser Steve Schmidt in a memo sent to reporters Wednesday morning. "Her selection came after a six-month long rigorous vetting process where her extraordinary credentials and exceptionalism became clear."

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"This vetting controversy is a faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States who has never been a part of the old boys' network that has come to dominate the news establishment in this country."

Over the past several days, the McCain campaign has been questioned about the Palins' business dealings and political affiliations, and the governor's reformer record. The Palins and the campaign have issued statements on the pregnancy of 17-year-old daughter Bristol, and the two-decade old DWI arrest of the governor's husband Todd.

The campaign, which has spent the summer complaining about news coverage of the presidential race, has spent the past few days pushing back on blogosphere rumors – including the release of a blizzard of memos and documents in recent days many of which had not yet been reported in mainstream media outlets.

As reporters continue to press for details on the thoroughness of McCain's vice presidential vetting process, Schmidt, a former senior adviser for President Bush's 2004 re-election team, said the Arizona senator "picked his governing partner after a long and thorough search.

"The McCain campaign will have no further comment about our long and thorough process. This nonsense is over. .The American people get to do the vetting now on Election Day – November 4th."

soundoff (1,666 Responses)
  1. Tamara

    GOP just admit you made the wrong choice. JUST ADMIT IT! I am a woman and I would love to see a women in the white house but not a woman who Has a disabled child and a daughter whom she is going to have to support., not to mention being there for her other childre. Super woman is just a super hero. AMERICANS ARE NOT THAT DUMB!

    September 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Irene Ross

    If you were a lifelong Democrat as you ask us to believe there is no way no how would you vote for this McCain Palin just another closet Republican.

    September 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Independent Vote

    With this ticket McCain/Palin should I feel more safe regarding our national security?

    Particularly, if Palin ends up being President because of McCain's health conerns.

    This a new face. and, new person being introduced and before the above mentioned reason; America (press or not) will go over Palin's record with a fine tooth comb. DID THEY THINK WE WOULD JUST VOTE FOR HER BLINDLY, OR FOLLOW THEIR SPIN?

    Some of us do vote because of policy.

    This camp CAN cry FOUL all they want but they have a bigger problem than MSM...the National Enquirer is digging deep and digging wide.

    That's one news outlet (and I use that term loosely) they won't be able to put the brakes on, and, and they are speaking directly to the demographic the campaign is targeting. Oh, and they are willing to pay for their info, photos, video, etc.

    September 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Ben

    More Liberal hypocrisy. It'd be funny if it weren't so sad.

    September 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. ron

    Since your into reporting background of candidates, why don't you bring up the fact that OB has admitted to taking cocaine in his youth or is it more important to know that her husband had a "reported: (not cooberated) DUI 22 years ago. I did not realize he is running for VP but OB is running to be president.

    Ah yes, then their is good old pontificating Joe. Has any reporting been done about his son's lobbying ties to his dad. Oh yes, I know, both OB and good old Joe are democrats so we don't want any negative reporting.

    September 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. robert, oakland ca

    "False" media scandal? You're kidding me. McCain brought this on himself, FAR too many questions about this rabbit out of the hat that need to be asked. To do otherwise would be irresponsibly turning a blind eye.

    When asked by charlie rose (in an october interview along with Janet Napolitano) if she knew what bush's economic policy was in OCTOBER 2007 she paused, smiled and said "well sure we all hear about it in the media"... give me a break.

    Guess what Sarah Palin said earlier this year to the New Yorker:

    "Something's kind of changing here in Alaska, too, for being such a red state on the Presidential level. Obama's doing just fine in polls up here, which is kind of wigging people out, because they're saying, 'This hasn't happened for decades that in polls the D' "–the Democratic candidate–" 'is doing just fine.' To me, that's indicative, too. It's the no-more-status-quo, it's change."

    September 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. MARY

    Won't it be FUN TO see Palin and Hilliary go at each other's throat if McCain wins and Hilliary decides to run in 2016 against Palin? WHAT A HELL OF A CAT FIGHT. I put my money on HILLIARY.

    September 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. I Like My Rights

    Two things:

    1 – I'm suprised (well, not that much) that neither candidate picked a running mate that has the experience to take a real run at strengthening our economy and making us energy independent. Those are two huge issues that only seem to be addressed when gas prices are in the headlines. Which brings up the larger question...why aren't we focusing on the issues we face and the policies of each candidate instead of trying to attack each other over political party affiliation. Ignore stupidity and move on!

    2 – There are so many illogical and irrational comparisons made in the comments about this article it's sickening. Let's face the truth people, there is a double standard on both sides, both republican and democrat. In the end neither is for the people. It's about controlling Washington, not change, regardless of what politicians tell you.

    Quick question....How far are we willing to scrutinize another person's life before it becomes a witchhunt and not a debate.

    September 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. charlie marks


    September 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. JD

    People - get over it! Palin is condemned for not staying at home to raise her family even though she has extended family support. Wasn't it Hillary who said "IT TAKES A VILLAGE – to raise a child?" Talk about double standards. Bill Clinton's extra "relationships" didn't appear to slow him down from running/ruining the country. But yet Palin is told to stay home??? Perhaps Michelle O should stay at home to raise her two girls instead of relying on her mother to help! Okay CNN, will you publish this!

    September 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Ron

    We the public did not get Palin into two ethics scandals.
    We the public did not join an Alaskan Anti-American political party.
    We the public did not secure earmarks in the millions for Alaska.
    We the public did not lie about a pregnancy.
    We the public did not tie ourselves to Abramoff.
    We the public did not say global warming was made up.

    Don't blame the media. Palin and McCain did this to themselves.

    September 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Kris

    Palin was a gimmick. plain and simple. I feel sorry for her daughter. She really put her daughter out there for her political gain. She saw how the media went after Obama, Hillary and Michelle. Why would she think that they would not go after her? Anything new or different goes under the microscope for better or worse. Surely she knew that??? McCain knew that. But he did not care. I really feel bad for Sarah and her family.

    September 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Maureen / California

    Since when is it sexist to question a candidates' credentials? There is a reason that the Republicans NEED to pretend that sexism is the reason that Palins' credentials are being questioned. They need this spin because they have no answers to the questions asked of them on Palin by the journalists. I have witnessed it several times over the past few days. Tucker Bounds dodged SIMPLE questions asked of him by Campbell Brown two days ago. It was funny. He later cried about this to McCain who then announced that he was cancelling an appearance on Larry King. That is hilarious!!! Also, the Republicans are blaming the media for even discussing the pregnancy of her daughter. But Sarah Palin and the Reps are making a point to tell the media that they are proud of her choice to keep the baby and get married to the high school boy that is the father. By making this religious/political statement, they are opening the door for debate. They can't have it both ways. By the way, I voted for Hillary and I do not think that she lost because of sexism. But sexism does exist and It is a shame that the Republicans are making a mockery of it.

    September 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Part of the Angry Left

    Its the Republican way, if you don't like the truth, just blame the people who find it, remember... where there is smoke, there's fire.

    September 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Keri

    with a record of accomplishment that exceeds, by far, the governing accomplishments of Senator Obama"

    B.A in political science from Columbia University, with a specialization in international relations
    J.D. in Law from Hardvard, graduated magna cum laude; President of the Harvard Law Review
    12 years (92-04) teaching constitutional law
    7 years State Senator: sponsored more than 800 bills
    4 years Senator for Illinos, a state with 12.8 million people

    Bachelor's in journalism from University of Idaho
    4 years Wasilla City Council (8000 people)
    6 years Wasilla mayor (8000 people)
    1 year "Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission"
    20 months governor of a state with 660,000 people

    Do they really think we're THAT stupid?

    September 3, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Rickhou

    If Britney Spears little sister got so much attention. Being all over the media and magazines about having a baby. Do you really think that media are going to leave the Gov. Palin's family alone. NO WAY!. She’s running for V.P.
    The media was trashing Lynn Spears (britney’s mother) for being a horrible mother. People was giving her so much heat for not controlling her daugthers. That had nothing to do with being a republican or democrat. It’s the media. That’s how they work. So eveyone who wants to blame the media for being an “angry left” and not treating Gov. Palin fair, is wrong. If this would have happen to Obama’s family the coverage would be the same. Wake up and realize the media is out there for only stories and it’s working because we’re ALL on here reading and commenting about it.

    September 3, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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