October 28th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
5 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. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Why don't you follow him falin?

    October 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Micheal shoemac republican voting for Obama in miami florida

    I think Sarah should resign, for been found guilty for her abuse of Power.......and useing tax payers in alaska to shofer her family around, and recieving favors from the people that built the wasilla center for 25 million, that caused the city to be in so much debt....

    SARAH YOU SHOULD RESIGN

    October 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Fred

    It looks like Governor Palin is focusing on Alaska issues again. After Tuesday, that will be her main focus anyway.

    October 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Poe the Jlumber

    ... And by the same token, Stevens should call for Palin to resign.

    October 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. FED UP REPUBLICAN

    I'M CALLING FOR PALIN AND STEVENS TO RESIGN.

    October 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Janine D.

    She is only saying this now because the top of the GOP ticket said it yesterday.

    October 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. JT

    McCain says this sort of corruption must end once and for all. Sarah must be gettin' kinda nervous, ya kmow?

    October 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. The American Dream is Alive and Well

    Palin should look after her own future in Alaska – her vice presidential run is coming to a close. Better luck in Alaska after they decide what to do with your ethics violating self.

    October 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Alabama Voter

    Gee I wish I gave a gosh diggity darn what she said. One more week folks. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 2008. Hope Palin is the next one to step down.

    October 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. fred

    Thanks Palin!! :) That's what you call cleaning up washington. Get rid of the corruption.

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Dan, TX

    Oh now, let's just elect Stevens' opponent and we won't need any silly special election. Besides, if elected, Stevens won't resign. Which means you'll have to haul him off the Senate floor in handcuffs. Not a pretty picture for the minority party.

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Heidi

    If and when "Troopergate" is finally exposed we'll see if good ole Sarah will resign her Gov. position. I doubt it....she thinks too highly of herself. Palin is a foolish idiiot.

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Lorna, NY

    I think Palin should resign as well and she can take McCain with her.

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. bill

    Yesterday Palin basically said she thought that Stevens would do the right thing from now on......another flip flop. I guess McCain wants him to step down cuz he puts a dark spot on the republican party. To late.

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. victor,nj

    THIS GUYS ARE CLOWNS.

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. EDW

    Sooo, he was found to be guilty of ethics and so was Palin but she is calling the kettle black? Wow!

    I just love the U.S.A. Convicted felons can’t vote but a convicted felon can run for the Senate. Priceless. Only in the U.S.A.

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Carl Winslow

    Guess she had to wait for instructions before responding to this.

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, VOTE A STRAIGHT DEM TICKET!

    Please half-wit, spare us your self-rightous indignation, remember you were found guilty of abuse of power.

    If you think he should resign then when can we expect your resignation?

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Chris

    I gotta admit, this is ONE THING I actually agree with her on.

    Chris from NC

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Borat

    Be carefull Sarah I'm sure he could end her career !

    October 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Indy2008

    Palin should follow suit and do the same thing. Just resign from politics all together.

    October 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. leon

    Let just hope Sara Palin take her own advice when she gets back to
    her state. Alaskans can do better with out her.

    October 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Elizabeth - Texas - Former Republican

    Alaska needs to investigate how Palin built her house. The Maverick again crime. Yea! right. It took her long enough to decide he needed to resign and she probalby wouldn't vote for him I bet Stevens has so much on her. Stevens trained Palin.

    Troopergate
    Taisergate
    Abuse of Power
    Ethics Violations
    Palin's house???????????

    I voted October 20th for Barack Obama

    October 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Jesse from Berlin

    Be very careful about what you say Palin, it´ll come back to bite you someday... Do unto others....

    October 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. John

    SHE better be willing to resign after SHE is found guilty of abusing HER power, the hypocrite!

    October 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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