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. MY FRIENDS - REPUBLI-KLANS JOA$$HN McINSANE/PAIN-LIN ARE SPREADING HATE & BIGOTRY IN AMERICA

    just a couple weeks ago, this woman was found guilty of ABUSING THE POWERS OF HER OFFICE!

    typical of alaska politicians and the republiklans party led by George Bush and John Mcsame!

    TIME FOR CHANGE IS NOW – VOTE EARLY – VOTE BARACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Roberto in BC

    Amazing, not only has Palin destroyed McCain’s bid for the Presidency but also she now threatens to destroy the Republican Party. Had she clearly disavowed Stevens’ actions, like Obama did regarding the Rev. Wright, it would have shown some integrity. Calling her a ‘diva’ is just too kind.

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. a well educated woman

    I am sure she is Happy, since she would have done it too. Any questions on what is coming out of Alaska?

    October 27, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    One more democratic seat, the filibuster proof 60 is within sight. By the was governor how did your deposition go on Friday are you in for an October/November surprise? Could your indictment before the election be next?

    October 27, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    Why has no one covered the story about Palin and her house? Supposedly Todd had some "contractor buddies" help him build it. Conveniently right down the road the big hockey rink was being built at the same time with the same "contractor buddies". During that time she,as mayor, made it so that building permits weren't required. Also very convenient was the fact that Palin and the hockey rink had the same building materials supplier. She's a crook people.

    She's worse than Stevens ever thought about being.

    October 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Billy

    Hey Sarah, how about punishing the Alaskan governor who abused her authority on a personal vendetta which resulted in her breaking Alaska State Ethics Laws. That was a sad day for Alaska too.

    October 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Wayne

    ummm.. Well.. I have to say.. not suprised. We could say another Republican bites the dust.. or another politician bites the dust for that matter.. There are just as many Dems as Repugs getting busted.. it seems..
    Voting for Change in Seattle.. Lets not make this a race thing.. I live IN Atlanta.. we have had african american leadership for years and we are in HORRIBLE shape.. so I don't think Race has anything to do with it.. the only change I see coming is more money from my hand to more people who don't work.. don't want to work and think they are entitled to it from the Gov't for some insane reason.

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

    PALIN IS NEXT.....

    October 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. bern

    Sarah Palin and John McCain should be in jail. They are directly responsible if any thing happens to Barack. We heard about one plot today. No doubt there are others. McCain and Palin are co-conspirators.

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

    Jewish Republican for Obama October 27th, 2008 6:09 pm ET

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

    -------------------------------

    I 100% agree with this person!

    October 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Mimi Portland OR 97202

    Stand by your man, baby!

    October 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    So you will be voting for Sen. Stevens?

    What happened to "Country before Party"? Was that just a sham you and McCain perpetuated on the American voters to get you into office?

    I cannot understand how anyone thinks Palin could be the standard bearer for the Republicans in 2012. I think she will be out in the cold way before that.

    October 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Splurge

    She gave a fair response but it won't be seen as such by the loony left.

    October 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. We love Sarah

    This is how she treats a Senator who supported her bid for Governor?!

    Now, she is Miss clean hands. This "RACIST" needs to go back to where she came from!!!

    October 27, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. chris maryland

    I guess Palin is now shaking because the long arm of the federal government may be coming for her too. I betcha the Republicans are doomed for life!!! Which ever person cast the spell on you is worth a pat on the back. You had blind folded us enough and this time round we have got you were we wanted you!!!!

    October 27, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. No McSame

    Pathetic – she'll still vote for him. Way to be a Maverick. What a pile of BS.

    October 27, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. I Hate CNN Moderators

    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. '
    Believe me I know all about corrupt politicians!

    October 27, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Taniel

    The latest polls have strong news for Obama, who jumps to big leads in Virginia and Ohio (full roundup here).

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. Amazed

    Yea Right!

    Palin's name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors. The group was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in the state. She served as one of three directors until June 2005, when her name was replaced on state filings.

    For Complete Article see:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/01/palin_was_a_director_of_embatt.html

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. GJetson

    What? No 'Sen Stevens is completely exonerated' statement like she gave after the police firing report said she was in violation of state ethics laws?

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Jennifer

    One down, one to go. Sarah Palin...lets not forget your dealings with stevens. so please coorporate with the feds if you are approached about your dealings with stevens..in alaska. I am pretty sure everyone has skeletons in their closet

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Jim in Raleigh

    Of Course she'll vote for Stevens. Does anybody doubt that? Since when would breaking a law, or violating ethics (oh, hi there, Sarah) get in the way of a Republican running for office?

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Meg

    Wow! She threw the guy under the bus. How sad is that! I hope he also turns on her. John McCain better watch out. Soon, she will turn on him, if that hasn't already been happening.

    CNN, please post this.

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. Paul from Iowa

    It seems like the politics in Alaska runs to the beat of a different drummer. Governor Palin says she will now carefully monitor the situation. Money seems to be miss handled by Alaska's government.

    We don't need that type of judgement as a Vice President as a 'learn as you go' style. We need a right from Day One judgement that Obama and Biden will bring to the table.

    America has just gone through 8 years of bad judgement with Bush and Cheney. McCain's judgement for one is he picked Palin as his VP choice.

    Vote for the real change candidates November 4th. – Obama/Biden

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Robert

    After her and McCain's crushing loss next week, she's next. One more seat for the Dems to grab.

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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