McCain camp denounces Palin scrutiny

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- John McCain's campaign is angrily calling for an end to questions about its review of running mate Sarah Palin's background.

Senior campaign adviser Steve Schmidt has issued a written statement calling the scrutiny "nonsense" and a "faux media scandal designed to destroy" Palin.

Schmidt also calls McCain's review of the Alaska governor a "long and thorough process."

The statements are echoed in comments by McCain campaign manager Rick Davis.

Since being introduced as McCain's running mate pick last week, Palin has announced that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

It's also been revealed that Palin has sought pork-barrel projects for her city and state. And her husband once belonged to a fringe Alaskan political group, with some members supporting secession from the United States.

Palin gets her chance to respond tonight when she addresses the GOP convention.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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