October 27th, 2008
06:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Stevens verdict: Palin reacts

Gov. Sarah Palin reacted to Sen. Ted Stevens' guilty verdict Monday.
Gov. Sarah Palin reacted to Sen. Ted Stevens' guilty verdict Monday.

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) - Sarah Palin said Monday Sen. Ted Stevens' guilty verdict "is a sad day for Alaska."

"This is a sad day for Alaska and a sad day for Senator Stevens and his family," she said on the tarmac at Richmond International Airport. "The verdict shines a light on the corrupting influence of the big oil service company up there in Alaska that was allowed to control too much of our state. And that control was part of the culture of corruption that I was elected to fight, and that fight must always move forward regardless of party affiliation or seniority or even past service.

"As Governor of the State of Alaska, I will carefully now monitor the situation and I'll take any appropriate action as needed. In the meantime, I ask the people of Alaska to join me in respecting the workings of our judicial system and I'm confident that Senator Stevens from this point on will do the right thing for the people of Alaska," she said.

Palin did not respond when asked if she will vote for Sen. Stevens next week and promptly boarded her campaign plane.


Filed under: Sarah Palin • Ted Stevens
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Lee from FL

    her conviction will be a great day for America

    October 27, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Independent in AZ

    So when is Sarah going to be facing charges after the 2 guys in the AIP built her house?

    October 27, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Tom

    Hahahahaha! She really thinks he will win! Yeah, Ted Stevens will win a Senate seat this year, just like McCain-Palin will win the Presidency.

    October 27, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    I wonder which of her "handlers" had to explain this verdict to her. I wonder too, if she got a new outfit bought for her after the verdict.

    October 27, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Of course she will vote for Stevens.

    She has mastered, like most politicians, talking out of both sides of her mouth.

    October 27, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. sad

    " I will carefully now monitor the situation and I'll take any appropriate action as needed. In the meantime"

    .....why wasn't she already doing this? this woman is a sham

    October 27, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. james in s.c.

    yup, oh sarah, you're next on the list after the election....you betcha!

    October 27, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Riaz

    SAD DAY... gimme a break... !!! He is CORRUPT!!! simple...

    October 27, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Corruption runs rampant

    sad day for alaska their senator and their governor are both corrupt!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Scott

    "Palin did not respond when asked if she will vote for Sen. Stevens and promptly boarded the campaign plane."

    I'll take that as a yes! She is a maverick, just like all the others in Washington. Keep it up Falin, making Obama look better every minute.

    October 27, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Not sleeping at the switch

    SURE I am a MAVERICK.....Who was the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of his PAC.

    But thats a whole nother story!

    October 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. dan

    the alaska will be more sad for palin's abusing power .. no question..

    October 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. sabuc for Obama

    Magic 60 here we come!

    Im sure she's sad for him, cause she's about to go thru the same process and will loose her titles. 1 Alaskan official found guilty and soon to be punished for abuse of power. 1 more to go [looks at Palin]

    October 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Matt

    Maverick!....
    .... Maverick!

    .... Maverick!

    October 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. UCLAdy04

    Wow so much irony in Palin's comments. First how can she mention fighting corruption with a straight face after she has been found guilty of abusing her power? Also, how can she talk about respecting the judicial system when her campaign did everything in their power to shut down Troopergate? Give me a break! Stevens and Palin are cut from the same corrupt cloth!

    October 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Jewish Republican for Obama

    Governor, this is the first time since I've been following your career that you've given me a reason to respect you.

    October 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Barbara from Canada

    more to come from Alaska regarding ethics, judgement, etc... methinks. Is this just the prologue?

    October 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY OBAMA SUPPORTERS,

    I REALIZE NOTHING ANYONE SAYS IS GOING TO CHANGE YOUR MINDS ABOUT OBAMA BUT DOES IT BOTHER YOU AT ALL THAT THIS MAN HAS SO MANY SKELETONS IN HIS CLOSET.

    HOW CAN YOU TRUST OBAMA.

    I GUEST THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS THINK ALL THIS INFORMATION IS FALSE.

    WOW TALK ABOUT FANTASY LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Independent Dave, Iowa

    Sarah, you're next!

    October 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Democrate 08

    It's too late Sarah, you're next...abuse of power, did u forget...

    October 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Melina

    so they both have been found guilty of ethics violations.

    October 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Griff

    No it is not Sarah... It's blessing on real Alaskan's like you... Keep your Chin up Girl.. There's a better world to look forward to...

    October 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. Debbie

    Now she thinks he will do the right thing?! Hes the longest sitting Sen. in HISTORY!!!

    To long too late.

    October 27, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Red, Red WHINE!!

    ahh...so you and your fellow prisoner....err, I mean alaskan politician have a lot in common. Both found guilty of corruption. Seems they grow them illegal out there!

    What a fricking felon this lady is! She is the most dispicable person in the history of american politics, with the exception of McCain.

    October 27, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. cheryl garrett

    So I guess she is going to monitor herself? Right! She knows that her butt in on the chopping block next. Be glad when Obama wins and she goes home and take her punishment.

    October 27, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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