McCain camp now refusing to discuss Palin vetting

Talking about the process involved in vetting Sarah Palin didn't help John McCain's campaign any -- so now it's going to try not talking about it.

Published September 3, 2008 3:52PM (EDT)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- John McCain's campaign, in the midst of waging war against the media over Sarah Palin and the campaign's vetting of her, is apparently picking up its toys and going home.

Politico's Mike Allen says that McCain advisor Steve Schmidt plans to put out a statement on Wednesday that will read only: "The McCain campaign will have no further comment about our long and thorough process."

This move seems to have been brought on by the latest in a series of reports that have made the process look, actually, decidedly less than thorough. In Wednesday's Washington Post, Dan Balz reports that Palin "was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain's vice presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona, the day before McCain asked her to be his running mate, and she did not disclose the fact that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant until that meeting."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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