October 28th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin calls for Stevens to resign

Palin says Stevens should step aside.
Palin says Stevens should step aside.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin said Tuesday Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens should resign his Senate seat, in a statement released hours after John McCain made a similar declaration.

The comments come a day after Palin would not say what she thought the best course of action for the recently convicted senator should be.

"After being found guilty on seven felony counts, I had hoped Senator Stevens would take the opportunity to do the statesman-like thing and erase the cloud that is covering his Senate seat," she said in the statement. "He has not done so. Alaskans are grateful for his decades of public service but the time has come for him to step aside. Even if elected on Tuesday, Senator Stevens should step aside to allow a special election to give Alaskans a real choice of who will serve them in Congress."

soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. Dana

    She is probably thinking had he been convicted long before now, could have ran for senator Steven's seat, instead of being tied down in this sinking ship of John McCain's until November 4th!!!!

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY OBAMA SUPPORTERS,

    IF SARAH SHOULD STEP DOWN WHAT SHOULD OBAMA DO!!!!!!!

    OBAMA IS THE MOST CROOKED MAN EVERY TO ENTER POLITICS AND YOUR VOTING FOR HIM FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

    AMERICANS CAN TRUST SARAH BUT OBAMA AND HIS FRIENDS ARE CROOKED AND CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Accountant Guy

    This is pathetic. This woman is a liar, cheat, power abusing, hypocrite!! We don't want you here, go back to Alaskas!! Get out and Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Bruce

    Interesting thought put forward earlier today...
    Stevens resigns..Palin leaves the campaign to run for his seat in the senate, and McCain taps ridge for VP.....
    I would not put it past the old fool.

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Betty, Virginia

    So can we accurately say that Palin pals around with felons?

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. me

    this woman is confusing!
    somebody tell her to shut the heck up!
    too many noise no substance it's tiring.

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. UCLAdy04

    Palin is guilty of abuse of power, will she resign? Will she even ever acknowledge her wrongdoing? Hypocrite!

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. peggy

    what is she thinking?Shouldnt she also resign?She abused the power of her office and broke the ethics law! But it seems theres different rules for different folks.
    peg,tenn.

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Chris Winter

    Leave Palin alone. She's a maverick and deserves to say what she says, she'll be great VP to glorious McCain's president. I like them because they are patriotic, unlike Obama who's never served military, like biden.

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. joseph martindale

    Over the last few days the word SOCIALISM has been mentioned repeatedly by the Republicans.I will like someone in the Republician Party to explain what is Socialism in detail and not by taking a few lines of Markism.

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. caywen

    Wow, extra mavericky with a side of fried mavernuggets!

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. josbam

    An what about you Palin...Ignorant woman..You cannot propose anything .Every time Palin open her mouth she just insult and attack Obama,nothing else to propose.The first who should step down is Palin,that stupid lady who is just a distraction

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Roman-Roselle, IL

    The Corrupt telling the corruptor what to do. Will someone crazy glue her lips together/

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. JM

    Looks like all the hate mongers are out today.

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Minnie The Mouse

    Now this is surely a Case of the Pot talking about the Kettle... Palin and Sen. Steven both should be good statesman and woman and resign from Public Office in Alaska and else where!!!! Let good, decent, and honest people rule our Public Offices!!!

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Simmy

    Palin: When you're found guilty, we'll demand that you RESIGN- and live in exile in the Republic of Alaska! The nerve to the pot...!
    OB08PLUS!

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. James

    Take your own advice Failin Palin!

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Sarah gave her opinion on this as soon as someone gave her the opinion to have, good for you Palin!!!

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. mark/indiana blue state

    Palin, inside trader on her great pipeline deal – just wait folks- its coming. She needs to step down and crawl back up north where we never hear from her again.
    No more Pork for Palin!

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. It is almost over!

    What kind of egotistical civic leader wastes taxpayer dollars by requiring another election when Teddy boy is forced to resign. Let's just hope the good folks in Alaska take care of him the democratic way since neither he or his comrades in the Senate will do a thing to correct this situation.

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Griff

    Entrapment? Somebody knew what he was doing.. Who fill his shoes now??

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Dave

    This coming from a Governor who used her office to further a personal grudge and violated ethics laws. Who is she to be giving advice to anyone? This is another conflict of interest. If he resigns from the Senate, Palin can appoint herself to fill his Senate seat. Who thinks she wouldn't do exactly that or at the least, run for his empty seat to put her in a better position to run for POTUS in 2012 after she finishs throwing McCain under the bus in 2008.

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Luke NC

    Gov. Palin,
    We too are grateful for your effort to "not blink" in stepping up when called to service. Now please do us all a favor and step aside. You may be qualified to run Alaska, but have no clue about the nuances, diplomacy or judgement to govern a country from the center not to mention intellectual curiosity and understanding of the difficult challenges facing the country today. You and your party only serves to divide and fear/hate monger.

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Rick

    If Stevens was a democrat there would be no calls to resign, he would be defended by the unmoral democrat party and would be hailed as a hero. Such is your modern-day democrat party.

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. M.

    I just noticed on where I wrote my comments that it said,
    "Your comment is awaiting moderation."

    WHAT DOES THAT MEAN AND WHY?

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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