November 3rd, 2008
05:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Ted Stevens gets upset with CNN correspondent

CNN's Gary Tuchman tried to catch up with Sen. Ted Stevens Sunday.
CNN's Gary Tuchman tried to catch up with Sen. Ted Stevens Sunday.

Senator Ted Stevens has never been known as a big fan of the news media. So we knew getting him to talk to us on camera following seven felony guilty verdicts against him would be a bit challenging. He hadn’t done a TV interview since the verdicts. Ultimately, he did do an interview with us. But making that happen took us on an unusual journey.

On Sunday, we went to interview his Democratic opponent in the Senate race, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. The mayor was at a candidate forum in the entry way of a large Baptist church that was full of candidate posters, pamphlets, and balloons. As we were getting ready to greet Begich, we saw to our surprise that Senator Stevens was also shaking hands about 30 feet away from his opponent.

I came up to the 40-year Senate veteran, introduced myself, and asked him on camera if he was angry about the guilty verdicts. He told me “not that angry. I’m angry at you guys ’cause I’m trying to visit with friends; I just see them once or twice a year.” I then mentioned because he was campaigning we wanted to see if he would talk, and he objected since we were doing this in a church. I mentioned to him that there was some lively campaigning going on in this entry way, but that didn’t seem to matter to him.

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  1. American people and capitalism lose

    Higher taxes = Less jobs.

    2 + 2 = 4

    Socialism has never worked.

    McCain Palin and Hillary 2008

    November 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. HouseDiva

    what a jerk

    November 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Corrupt Stevens

    Laws don't apply to corrupt rethuglicans.

    Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.

    Say hello to my little friend......

    President Barack Obama...By a landslide!

    YES WE CAN!!

    November 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Courtney F.

    I feel kinda sorry for the GOP...ahh well...you reap what you sow... Obama/Biden 2008

    November 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Stay Focused!

    OMG, did anyone see that rally in Philadelphia (pro-Obama)?

    Yet, it's NOT about race, this rally wasn't about issues, it wasn't about views and opinions, it was simply "African Americans" uniting to get Barry elected at any cost.

    People, please vote based on political views and not race.

    Go McCain! ("Country" NOT "Race" first)...

    November 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Corrupt Stevens

    Hopefully next will be Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and all the other lying Dwarfs!

    GO BLUE!!!

    November 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Corrupt Stevens

    Hopefully next will be Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and all the other lying Dwarfs!

    GO BLUE!!!

    November 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Go Away

    Ted is an example of what a major part of the problems are in Washington. He is a life long Senator who lies and cheats. Hopefully he will lose his Senate seat. It just shows how pitiful he is because he will not resign.

    November 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    :(

    November 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Still for Hill, but voting McCain

    Kurt from Texas:

    I totally agree. Let's take away Rev Wright's Million dollar home first, especially since he rec'd federal earmarks straight from Saint Obama!

    I'm voting for the Patriot who spent 5 years in a POW camp for me, not for the guy who attended services twice a month for twenty years at the Anti-American Church...

    McCain/Palin 08

    November 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Pat in IL

    He just wanted to hold the office, not be a public servant.....guess Alaskan politicians get away with that indefinitely.

    November 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. john

    He will get elected then resign and Sara will appoint herself to his Senate seat.

    How bout that

    john

    November 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Wally clark

    how can you ask him something like that and think he would sit down and do a interveiw you.

    November 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Chi4Obama

    Condolences, and prayers go out to the friends / family of Barack Obama.

    November 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. Randy-Alaska

    He's trying his level best to figure out how to be invisible and still win the election, but for some reason people keep opening their eyes, if only to see if he has gone away yet.

    November 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. R Liberty

    You got away with it for a lonng time now face facts and take it like a man Ted. At least you could have been nice to the CNN reporters.

    GUILTY!

    And take that White Trash Palin along with you!

    That innocent BS is just that!
    That old dog, he just won't hunt no more!

    November 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Kim

    Another angry old man who is upset when the Media exposes the truth. Seems to be a GOP thing.

    November 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. don

    Why has this guy not seen the inside of a jail cell yet?

    November 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. DOCS 3

    THIS MAN IS A CUT FROM ALL THOSE PEOPLE THAT FOLLOW THAT MINDSET OF THE BUSH/MCCAIN/P. REASONING -- "SAY AND DO WHAT YOU WANT". HE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF SARAH P. "REAL AMERICAN REPUBLICAN". SHE WOULD KNOW WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT WHEN THIS SAME MINDSET BELIEVE THAT IT IS ALRIGHT TO ABUSE POWER OF THE PEOPLE WHEN IT HELP YOUR PERSONAL
    AGENDA. IT IS BY NO ACCIDENT THAT THESE TWO PEOPLE COMES FROM THE SAME STATE AND PARTY. THAT OLD SAYING OF "BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCKS TOGETHER".

    November 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    You all are so angry sounding take a deep breath

    November 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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