Will the National Enquirer make it two for two? http://www.theage.com.au/world/palin-denies-affair-rumours-20080904-49cv.html Palin denies affair rumours * Anne Davies * September 4, 2008 - 1:04PM The McCain campaign has vigorously denied reports that Republican vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin had a steamy extramarital affair with her husband's business partner. The story, which appeared just hours before Mrs Palin was due to address the Republican convention today, was branded "scurrilous" by McCain chief strategist Steve Schmidt, who said it was "a vicious lie". "The smearing of the Palin family must end," he said. "The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Governor 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 affair allegations follow revelations earlier in the week that Mrs Palin's 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant and plans to marry the child's father, high-school ice-hockey player Levi Johnston. Mrs Palin is expected to castigate the media in her speech at 12.30pm (Melbourne time). The notorious National Enquirer has a reputation for digging the dirt when it comes to politicians' private lives. It reported that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was having an extramarital affair - and had a child with his lover - while his wife was ill with breast cancer. The allegations were denied for months until the magazine ran pictures of the pair meeting in a Los Angeles hotel.