The John McCain campaign has threatened legal action against The National Enquirer for running a story alleging that his running mate, Sarah Palin, had an affair with her husband’s business partner.
“The smearing of the Palin family must end,” McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt declared on Wednesday.
“The allegations contained on the cover of The National Enquirer, insinuating that Gov. Palin had an extramarital affair, are categorically false. It is a vicious lie.
“The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it.”
The Enquirer’s cover blares the headline: “Sarah Palin’s Dark Secrets.”
The story follows revelations earlier in the week that the Alaska Governor’s 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant and plans to have the baby.
In a statement to The Huffington Post, a spokesman for The Enquirer said:
"The National Enquirer's coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin's extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair plus details of family strife when the Governor's daughter revealed her pregnancy…
“Despite the McCain camp's attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum."
Schmidt, however, said, “Legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.”
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