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. 1ST PALIN FOUND GUILTY, NOW STEVENS??

    I think she's absolutely right. And she should step down too. As Governor. She betrayed the people of Alaska. She abused her power and was in clear violation of Alaska Ethics Laws when she allowed her husband to use her office to have a State Trooper fired. Shame on her.

    October 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Republican for OB

    It is funny that Palin is asking Stevens to resign .She has to resign first and ask him to resign OR just keep quiet.

    October 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. sms

    She needed time to think about these comments. Probably walking a fine line, because she knows she could be next.

    Can't wait for Caribou Barbie to be sent back to Alaska. Not even sure the Alaskans want her back. The Anchorage paper endorses Obama and calls her "risky" .

    Can't wait for Nov 4 th to get here so we no longer have to listen to her lies, not even half truths, downright lies. What goes around comes around. Better duck Sarah.

    October 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    What is Palin going to do about Palin's abuse of power.

    October 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Pete

    My wife has an interesting theory. It is...McCain and Palin lose on Tuesday. Stevens steps down. A special election is held and Palin becomes Stevens replacement in the Senate.

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

    This seems to be a common theme with Alaska politicians...they're found guilty of corruption, but they continue to run for public office. Weird.

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

    She's a mess! She didn't resign herself after she abused her power

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

    I suspect that Governor Sarah Palin has her sights on being the next Senator from Alaska. The revealing phrase about Palin's call for the resignation of Senator Stevens is "Even if elected...". If Palin cannot be VP and serve as the "President of the Senate", then she will get herself elected to the Senate as Senator from Alaska.

    October 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. ANGIE

    But didnt she abuse her power shouldnt she step down and violating Ethics hopefully she will get impeached in Alaska!

    October 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Disappointed

    How is this much different than the Alaskan court ruling that she acted unethically. This should be the biggest story of the campaign right now. She was found guilty – Where is your coverage of this CNN. This is huge

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

    hey palin....now that stevens has been found guilty it is your turn. same construction company built your house as a kickback...how are you going to lie yourself out of that one. and just yesterday you weren't asking stevens to step down, but today you have had a change of heart. This is your mentor we are talking about. your hero. who are you really palin. i have heard "who is the real obama", well i can't wait to find out who the real palin is.

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Adam, Plano, TX

    when is Palin going to resign? she doesn't belong on the VP slot, nor does she belong in the governors seat.

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. BKoi

    What took her so long ! Oh, I forgot, she's a MAVRICK ! What a joke this person is ! She's just another "say anything, do anything" to get elected twit !!! . I hope the American people can see past "the hype", and see who she really is, a right wing, religious fanatic, feminist, not feminist, vicious , and yes, SNARLING PITBULL , in lipstick.

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Eight is enough ...

    What a dunce – as governor – she should have said this yesterday ... but it figures given she is part of the Alaskan "machine" like Ted ... as Warhol says 15 min of fame – hopefully she disappears after next Tues ... wishing and hoping ...

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Helena

    Next please?

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Mark

    Does anybody think she should do the same thing with her position of being a VP candidate. Stevens was at least qualified for his position cant say that about her HHHMMMMMM

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Bullwinkle doesnt want Palin back in Alaska

    Will there be any room left under the GOP bus in a week? LOL

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Jon

    Good thing that Palin had time to talk with all her advisers before making this statement.

    We need a leader who has judgment, not one who is the pawn of others.

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Dee

    McCain would like to ask Palin to "step down" too but he can't right now...

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Chipster

    Yeah, Sarah, Stevens should resign for abusing his power, pork barrel earmarks, and accepting illegal "freebies." Hmmm, where have we heard all that before?

    Abuse of power
    Earmarks – thanks but – well, just THANKS
    Home renovations minus the invoice

    October 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Ben in Athens

    I hope Alaskan voters just go ahead and vote for the other guy, because if they don't, Palin's got a good shot at Stevens' Senate seat. Whether he decides to step down after the election or the senate votes to force him out, there'll be a special election for his seat in Alaska. Anybody doubt she'd win it if she wanted it?

    October 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. deb in Colo

    EDW –

    Good point – I forgot she couldn't talk without her notes.

    October 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. dave

    If only that cloak of self-righteousness fit, Palin would really be something.

    October 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Michelle, PA

    Yeah, so she can appoint herself to the Senate? Transparent as ever in your ambition, Governor. No, let Ted get voted out fair and square. Keep Palin out of Washington, where she obviously doesn't belong. She'll be impeached or recalled soon enough anyway – as soon as the Personnel Board completes its own investigation, or maybe when Alaska digs a little deeper into how her own home was built. Either way, what goes around.....well, you kno wthe rest, Governor. Bon Voyage!

    October 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. KC

    I live in Alaska and am willing to bet my paycheck that Stevens will be reelected. The rest of the country has no idea of the complexities of Alaskan politics. It was a eye opener for me, coming from New York in 1990.

    October 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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