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. DebM, Allentown, PA Voted for Obama on Friday

    Hmmm, maybe you should have done this yesterday, Palin?

    I truly hope the good people of Alaska impeach this lying, conniving, typical self-serving politician.

    October 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. rich

    It will be interesting to see what she does when she is convicted.

    October 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. California Gold

    As governor of Alaska this is an appropriate statement. She should have been able to come up with this 24-hours ago instead of dodging direct questions. She lacks decisiveness. Lame Palin, very lame.

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

    Well here's a democrat complaining about the Chicago style politics, and voting the republican ticket all the way. Why – for all those childish comments/people represented above. Hatred is what you people are all about.

    October 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. NYC Hillary Supporter

    She was found guilty of ethics violations just days ago... shouldn't she step down? Yes, using her logic. How insane is she!

    October 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Joycelyn

    Look who is really talking? Palin should resign as well. Will be very interesting to see the outcome of her investigation. But we all know they will not release anything until after the election.

    October 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Jay T.

    There is no entertainment I prefer to watching Republicans eat one another. Call it the Roman Imperialist in me.

    October 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Joyce

    Can we get an investigation on her House? Did her salary as Mayor and or Govenor cover the 2.1 million dollar home she has? She stated that Todd worked in the oil field earning $50,000 a year so what gives with her house? We want her investigated too!

    October 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    Yes, unfortunately, he'll have to go. It just doesnt look good.

    October 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Chuck

    McCain and Palin are copying Obama on some of the issues now that the end of the campaign has come. The terms, words, inflections and tones in speech that McPal are using are very close to Obama's speeches of the past several weeks.

    Don't McPal have original thoughts to convey to the electorate? What a bunch of copycats!

    October 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Erik

    Flip. . . that is to say. . . .flop. "I'm a maverick so I'm gonna just send out this here lil' ol' press release thingy and follow what the old guy says" (win wink flirt).

    October 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Steven

    Steven calls for Palin to resign.

    October 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Colin

    I love how someone who abused her own power, used tax payers money to send her family on non-government trips, and should have to resigned herself, is calling for the resignation of someone who in a way did the same thing....awkward.

    October 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. New Day

    Show'em how its done, Guv'nah!!!!

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. MikenMississippi

    Well CNN, there you go again! Taking an unflattering picture of a female running against Obama and making them look like pure hell. When will the media stop making this Obama movement more special than it is? It is quite sickening. You people in the media are not biased....I am soooo sorry to tell you.. You picked out your candidate months ago....I am a former Hillary supporter who would rather eat dirt on the day of the election than vote for Obama!

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Chrissy

    She she do the right thing next? What about "Troopergate" and Todd Palin's involvment in a group that wanted to seperate Alaska from the U.S.? Why isn't this ever brought up as a "vetting' issue? How unpatriotic and hypocitical! 7 more days of her vacation; then back to work up north!!!!! OB08! Good riddance!

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. sabuc for Obama

    How ironic and hypocritical considering she should follow her McCain-approved advise do the statesWOman-like thing and erase the cloud that is covering her head AND step aside. Give Alaskans two real choices!

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. M.

    I wouldnever vote for a cowardly act of murdering animals from a airplane. That is not a leader.

    Also the pleasure Palin had in standing next to a poor Moose she just MURDERED with a smile on her face. Her little daughter was also in the picture.
    She did not murder the moose because her family was hungry. She did it for pleasure.

    Animal activists should all protest this. This has nothing to do with hunting. This is deliberate pleasure of murder as the one also in the shooting of a wolf from a airplane.

    Very disgusting person she is. Murder of animals for pleasure is not justified and isnot a sport.

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. KC

    I'm an Alaskan and will bet my paycheck that Ted will be reelected. Alaska politics is amazing. This is the state will people will vote for legalization of marijuana and have an arsenal of weapons at their homestead –just in case. Welcome to my world!

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    J. Williams: William Jefferson has not been taken to trial and found guilty by a jury. When that happens, you can discuss the similarities, but not until.

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Gary

    She couldn't tell us this yesterday because the RNC hadn't told her what her opinion was yet.
    Next we'll find Cheney came from Alaska. Do you see a pattern here?

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Obamafied Cheesehead

    The pot just called the kettle black.

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. paul (reformed republican)

    One of the most intelligent things she's uttered since she fell out of the sky in August.

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Bulldog

    Palin of all people calling for a fellow Alaskan politician to resign after it has been found she received gifts from lobbyist and government contractors, after she was found guilty of unethical conduct and abuse of power. Wow, that's refreshing.......NOT!!!

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Wow! People here make some of the STUPIDEST comments I have seen. What scares me the most is your right to vote.

    All this Palin bashing about her abuse of power, yet, Obama can hang out with Ayers (who did donate to Obama in 2000, just a little more than an acquaintance.) who is known as being involved with terrorist acts, and yet not one of you will acknowledge it.

    Don't vote for the candidates due to the real issues that effect you, don't disrespect these people that you do not personally know. For once be smart and make an educated choice. Differ in opinion, but don't name-call because of your own insecurities.

    Way too much ignorance in our government as it is.

    October 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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