McCain Calls Female Lobbyist 'Friend'

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Responding to a story in The New York Times that questioned his ties to a female lobbyist, Sen. John McCain told reporters at a news conference Thursday that the woman was just a friend. He denied doing anything improper.


Now, Senator John McCain has gone most of the way to the Republican nomination not primarily through his fundraising but because of his reputation. And this morning a central part of that reputation, a reputation for integrity, is under attack.

The New York Times published a story questioning the senator's past ties to a female lobbyist. McCain quickly responded this morning.

Senator JOHN McCAIN (Republican, Arizona; Presidential Candidate): At no time have I ever done anything that would betray the public trust nor make a decision which in any way would not be in the public interest and would favor any one or any organization.

INSKEEP: Speaking to reporters in Ohio, the senator describes the lobbyist as a, quote, "friend." He affirms he wrote letters to a regulatory agency that was making a decision affecting one of the lobbyist's clients. With his wife beside him, though, McCain denied having a romantic relationship or doing anything improper.

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