August 29th, 2008
11:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Sen. Stevens gives glowing endorsement of Palin

Sen. Ted Stevens commended McCain on his pick for VP Friday.

Sen. Ted Stevens commended McCain on his pick for VP Friday.

(CNN)—Alaska Senator Ted Stevens gave a glowing endorsement of the McCain-Palin ticket Friday, calling it “a great day for the nation and Alaskans.”

The endorsement may not be welcome news by the McCain campaign given the Alaska senator was indicted last month on seven counts of ethics violations for failing to report more than $250,000 in home renovations and gifts from executives at VECO Corp, an Alaska-based Oil company. Stevens has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

“Governor Palin has proven herself as a bright, energetic leader for our state and will bring the same energy to the vice presidency,” Stevens said in a statement.

Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, said Palin’s background in energy-related issues will ensure a wide-ranging energy plan for the future, “one that will include development of Alaska’s resources and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”

Palin is a strong advocate for the development of oil resources in Alaska. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month debit cards to account for rising energy costs in May.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. JK

    What a endorsement, HAHAHAHAHAHA

    Landslide all the way.......

    August 29, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.


    I heard that Abhramhoff thinks she's a good choice as well!

    What a cynical political blunder.

    McBushes judgement has failed the nation yet again!

    There is but one real choice this November.

    August 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    How fitting one GOP who is currently on trial for corruption praising another GOP who is under heavy investigation for corruption. Well there you have it almost as rich as John Mc Cain picking someone because of there gender not there record or picking someone who has less experience than Obama when that has been your chief argument against him. Mc Cain/ Palin 08= Hypocrisy 08

    Obama/ Biden 08= Judgment and experience for change we can believe in!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    $100 Month debit cards hum sounds like a socialist scam to me!!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Should have picked Kay

    Tes Stevens gives an endorsemenrt..What a ringing endorsement (being sarcastic)

    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Great endorsement! An indicted GOP crook endorsing a Governor who is under investigation!

    August 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. genius

    bhaaah haa haaa haa ,,hillarious.....

    August 29, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Helene

    A crook praising someone under investigation for corruption ? Way to go McCain....

    August 29, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. 18 Million minus One

    By the way, she's currently under investigation. That man is senile. Who's pulling McCain's strings... the Democrats? Has he totally given up on being president, so he's decided to make history?

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 29, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. LB

    It takes one corrupt Alaskan to endorse another. Palin is being investigated right now also.

    August 29, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. confused Republican

    I do not care for any of the candidate on either side. I may just do a writ in.

    August 29, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Perfect! Just the guy you want endorsing you.

    Wow. This is...interesting. Can't tear my eyes away. Like a car wreck.

    August 29, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. The Shepherd

    I used to get ticked off when Obama supporters would talk trash about Hillary. Then Hillary gave them what they wanted to hear and she is respected and admired. Now, I can't help but laugh at all of Obama's supporters when they talk trash about McCain and Palin. Good times!

    August 29, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Jim

    Well John McCain so much for we don't know enough about Obama. I was a Clinton Supporter and I know even less about Palin. # 1 reason for not voting for her is George W BUSH. He says she's great. POOR Judgement.

    You all have POOR JUDGEMENT.

    Can we trust the economy to a guy who doesn't even know how many houses he has.

    This is one Clinton supporter who will vote for Obama.

    August 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Ralph

    Little Alaska is filled with corrupt officials, who would of thought it. But on the other hand Palin will fit in just fine in Washington.

    August 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Tom

    And well he should – she is a real, honest, strong, high quality "outsider" that Obama supporters can only dream about and are going to no doubt bash personally because, interestingly enough, they're scared.

    McCain 08/Hillary 2012

    August 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Republican

    Why would McCain pick a woman with the least experience of the other men that would have been a fabulous candidate for V.Pres. I am beginning to believe McCain is getting alzheimers. They should be given a medical exam to see if presidents are mentally capable of decisions. We do not need alzheimers taking over before he gets in office. I do not think Palin has the experience to run our country as President if she had to be put in theat poisition. Although I am sure she is a well educated lady and a beautiful person inside and out but she not Presidential material.

    August 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. mo

    See Obama you made a big mistake. Your intention to humiliate
    Hillary Clinton by not picking her as your running mate is
    going to backfire.
    08 Obama you lose.

    August 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. J.C.

    Palin is a brilliant pick. I really like this election.


    We are going to be great again.

    August 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Christian, Tampa FL

    Oh, goodness. Exactly what Mrs. Palin needed, an endorsement from a Senator under indictment.

    Years from now, pundits will look back on these last two days and say that the election really turned around in the last few days of August 2008. Turned around in favor of Obama.

    August 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Max

    Well, Palin is very close from oil companies. I think we've had our lesson with Bushes and Cheneys. Her age and the fact that she is a woman are only diversions to hide the fact that she will bring another four years of George Bush. This is also a ridiculous choice, thinking that she has absolutely no foreign affairs experience, McCain's major argument against Obama.

    August 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Tom

    I find it incredibly interesting that Obama supporters (of all people) are saying that McCain's vp pick is no substitute for Hillary.........umm, kids? Hillary isn't on your ticket. Because most of you including your candidate personally attacked her and decided she was trash. Now you're holding her up as an icon? You're as wishy washy as your candidate! If you and your candidate had the cajones to respect Hillary's knowledge, talent and ability instead of being afraid, she'd be on the ticket (probably as prez) and this election would be over, wouldn't it? But your candidate was too afraid, not strong enough, lacking the self confidence required to give the v.p. to a strong woman who may challenge him. McCain is strong enough, is self confident enough to do so – McCain wins!
    McCain 08/Hillary 2012

    August 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Sarah from Alaska

    I am wondering is the VP job typing and answering phones?

    August 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Melanie

    I am a lifelong Democrat who is for the first time going to be voting for a Replublican. Governor Palin is exactly what this country needs. She is not from Washington, she is from what America should be about. She is what a politician whould be about.

    August 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |