John McCain says that while lobbyists serve as close advisers to his presidential campaign, they are honorable and he is not influenced by corruption in the system.
McCain, who has styled himself as an enemy of special interests, defended having lobbyists working for his campaign, saying they have honorable records.
A report in The New York Times this week suggested that McCain had an inappropriate relationship with a female lobbyist and advanced the interests of her clients. McCain has said the story isn't true.
The White House, in reaction to the report, accused the newspaper of repeatedly trying to "drop a bombshell" on Republican presidential candidates.
In a statement yesterday, an executive editor said the newspaper thinks "the story speaks for itself."