February 22, 2008
(AP) A New York Times editor says the facts in a story suggesting that John McCain favored clients of a female telecommunications lobbyist had been "nailed down" to the paper's satisfaction.
The published reports say McCain and Vicki Iseman each denied having a romantic relationship. The story did not assert there was a romantic relationship and offered no evidence that there was.
The story reports only that aides worried about the appearance of McCain having close ties to a lobbyist with business before the Senate Commerce Committee on which McCain served.
The stories also allege that McCain wrote letters and pushed legislation involving television station ownership that would have benefited Iseman's clients.
McCain has described Iseman as a friend, and insists he has done nothing "that would betray the public trust."
At a news conference in Toledo on Thursday, McCain was forced to
respond to the reports. With his wife, Cindy, beside him, he denied any romance or impropriety.
"It's not true," McCain said. "At no time have I ever done anything that would betray the public trust." "We will move forward," he declared and continued his Midwest trek.