November 19th, 2008
04:33 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin congratulates Begich on Senate win

Palin thanked Ted Stevens for his service to Alaska.

Palin thanked Ted Stevens for his service to Alaska.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is congratulating Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich on winning his Senate race against veteran lawmaker Ted Stevens.

“I extend my congratulations to Mark Begich and his family,” Palin said in a statement released by her office Wednesday. “This is a new era for Alaska and I look forward to working with Mark on the many issues that are important to our state. I am confident he will add a compelling new voice to the U.S. Senate.”

"I also thank Senator Ted Stevens for his 40 years of dedicated service to Alaska,” the statement said. “His tireless efforts on behalf of the state he loves have benefited all those who call it home. Todd and I join all Alaskans in gratitude to Sen. Stevens."

Palin wasn’t always so effusive toward Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate. During her vice presidential bid, after Stevens was indicted on seven felony counts, she would not say whether she planned to vote for the senator in his re-election bid.

In October, after Stevens was found guilty of making false statements on his financial disclosure reports, Palin initially said it was “a sad day” for Alaska but did not call for the senator to step down. The next day, in a television appearance with John McCain, Palin went a step further and said Stevens should indeed resign.

On Election Day in her hometown of Wasilla, Palin refused to say if she voted for Stevens.

“I am also exercising my right to privacy, and I don't have to tell anybody who I vote for, nobody does, and that’s really cool about America also,” she told a reporter.

Filed under: Alaska • Mark Begich • Sarah Palin • Ted Stevens
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Denise Groves

    For God's sake, quit reporting on this ditzy woman

    November 19, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Alaska, meet your next Governor The Honorable Mark Begich.

    November 19, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Steve

    I thought Sarah Palin didn't believe a right to privacy existed....

    November 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Turn Texas BLUE



    November 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    We don't care what Palin does anymore, for the rest of time!

    November 19, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Iowa Mom

    Well at least we got a couple days off of the Palin reporting

    November 19, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. john

    Now Karl Rove will start tricks with the new elected officials!!

    November 19, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |

    You know she voted for Obama, so she could "try" and run in 2012.

    November 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    I bet Palin voted for Begich and OBAMA – YouBetcha!

    November 19, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Sarah

    Ahh yes. Like Palin we will all miss Ted 'The Felon' Stevens...

    Now if we could only get the opportunity to 'miss' Palin then we could all be happy.

    November 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Barbara in NC

    And why is this even in print? No one cares, CNN

    November 19, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. tim

    Why sarah's face again,shouldn't it be the winner on the pic?

    November 19, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. jt

    sarah – what's that sound?
    that is the sound of GOD slamming that door shut!

    November 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. mel from ohio


    November 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. carol

    It seems things are slipping away from Sarah, left , right and center these days!!!!
    Isn't it great not to have to see and hear from Sarah Palin anymore?

    November 19, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. sglman4Obama

    HAHAHA that slams the door on Palin and her attempt to sneak into the Senate! She can't wink her eyes or hike her dress hem for this job. Its taken already! Poor Eskimo Princess

    November 19, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. KJL

    CNN needs someone to perform an exorcism and get rid of this crazy woman. Where is Reverend Muftee when you need him?

    November 19, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. republic

    enough about her already!!!!!!!!!!

    the campaingn is over. lets move on cnn!!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. EW

    Sounds like most people here get their news from SNL. News flash: Tina Fey is not Sarah Palin nor did Tina Fey do a good job with the character.

    November 19, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. msbea

    seeing this woman's pic made my stomach feel funny......

    November 19, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. tim

    who cares to see this face again!

    November 19, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. arc, Lugano CH

    Looks like she'll have to run for senate on her own merits...and lose.

    November 19, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Art

    I like most Americans, tire of Palin and her resurfacing. But then again, I think she helps the Democratic Party every times she does. If she is the best of the GOP, we don't have to worry about a shift in party for quite sometime. Being that she is ignorant to the environment (and most every other important issue), I am grateful that Alaska has finally chosen a democrat that will support environmental issues in her state. AK is a beautiful state with many pristine resources. Our country deserves a governor in that state with an understanding of just how important it is to preserve these resources for the benefit of the environment and our country. Now our country has a voice from AK that is not interested in sucking all the resources out of that state until it looks like most of the lower 48.

    November 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. tee

    Sarah failin Palin go away!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. former gop


    November 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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