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. Vic in TX

    I guess she's playing "Simon Says" after Sen,. McCain. She could have done this earlier. Another scripted response. Who is she, really?

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    Sorry, too late. She should have said it yesterday. Now, ALL OF A SUDDEN, after McCain asked him to stop down, she wants to follow suit. What a pathetic loser.

    Does this mean Palin "pals" around with convicted criminals? She is such a hypocrit, she needs to step down as well. Did she forget she was found guilty of abuse of power? She needs to step down.

    Oh, didn't she get her house built for free?....hmm,

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. CTSadler

    If Ted steps down Palin could appoint the "First Dude," as senator. He's running the show there anyway.

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    Sarah "The Power Abuser" Palin should step down as well.
    She doesn't qualify to become a Vice President of any country on planet earth, even aliens in Mars would reject her.

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Female Voter

    AW LADY PLEASE!!!

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Is Palin going to be investigated too because she and her family received free travel from a oil company too.

    This is important to know.

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Mickie in PA

    How about her resigning since she was found "guilty" in the troopergate investigation of abuse of power, event though she continues to boast that she was cleared. It's just another example of if you say something often enough you may get some people to believe it.

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    ...She abused her power?
    Shouldn't she step down as well?

    October 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Jude

    Palin actually felt sorry for this guy...a crook..a liar..a thief...humm....what does that tell us about her?

    October 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. MD for Obama

    How can someone who abused their power in office ask for someone else's resignation? While you are at it, what about Bush & Cheney?

    October 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Republican for Obama

    WASHINGTON — Millions of homeowners facing foreclosure got a bucket of ice water in the face from Senator John McCain March 25.“The mess you are in is your own fault. Don’t expect any bailouts from me.” That was the GOP presidential nominee’s message, stripped of election-year rhetoric.

    Speaking to small business owners in Los Angeles, an epicenter of the housing crisis, McCain said, “It is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly whether they are big banks or small borrowers.”

    October 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Christine

    Hm-m-m lets see... Palin's house was built at about the same time as that Wasilla skating rink...you know...the one that isn't on property that the city had clear title too... Anybody check into whether kick backs built the house? Maybe it'sthe Alaskan way...

    October 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Sarah, what were you wearing when you made this decision?

    October 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    Careful Sarah. Someone may start reporting on you getting your house built for FREE by the same contractors that built your beloved hockey rink.

    October 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. David Crowther

    There is this "diva" from Alaska
    Who thinks she can do several taska
    Her name I think is Palin
    The whole world knows she's failin'
    She wants to be President – just aska

    October 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. Obama Mama in FL

    Palin – your Diva-ness is showing again!! Perhaps you could join Stevens in a joint 'we're stepping down' campaign??

    October 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. UHMMMMMM

    ...She abused her power?
    Shouldn't she step down as well?

    October 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Steve

    What about your home builder Sarah? Why did you wave permits for the construction? What are you hiding? Stevens buddies swinging a hammer on your your house? So you through him under the bus! Was that your handler's idea?

    Ice rink supplier providing the lumber while contributing to your compaign?

    Lot's of questions. So much for transparency.

    October 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Oliver

    Palin should show the way, she should resign for being guilty of power abuse!!!!

    October 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Bridgette-PA

    Yeah, they both need to "STEP DOWN". She is such a joke. I really wish she'd stop ruining it for "REAL WOMEN" that may want to run for a high elected office in the future!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. John. Austin, TX

    I think Sarah Palin should resign since she was found guilty too. I hope the good people of Alaska demand her resignation when she loses next week.

    Impeach Palin

    Impeach Palin

    October 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Amy

    And, for the good of our Country, I suggest that you, Gov. Palin, resign as the VP candidate, because anybody with a brain knows that you are completely and totally unqualified for the position!

    Obama/ Biden 2008

    October 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. David - MN

    Palin should step down herself. She makes it hard for us to defend McCain, especially with her very close ties to the Alaskan Independent Party. She has no business condemning her mentor when she has her own ethics problems

    October 28, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Sharon, Tampa

    Scara, It might be a good idea to take your own advice.

    Obama Nation 2008/2012

    October 28, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Noemi in Los Angeles

    No Sarah, I think YOU need to resign!

    October 28, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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