April 3rd, 2009
04:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Ted Stevens should run against Palin, Alaska Republican says

Will Sarah Palin face a primary challenge from Ted Stevens in 2010?
Will Sarah Palin face a primary challenge from Ted Stevens in 2010?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Now that the corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens has been dropped, Alaska Rep. Don Young wants Stevens to run for governor - a move that would set up a Republican primary between the veteran lawmaker and Sarah Palin, if she decides to seek a second term in 2010.

"Personally I'd like to see him run for governor, and that's my personal feeling," Young told the Alaska Public Radio Network on Thursday. "So, we'll see what happens down the line. He probably won't, but I think that would be a great way to cap off a great career as being the governor of the state of Alaska."

Stevens will be 87 years old by the time the next governor takes office in January 2011.

Other top Alaska Republicans, including Palin and Alaska GOP chairman Randy Ruedrich, said Thursday that Democratic Sen. Mark Begich should step aside so a new vote can be held now that the charges against Stevens have been dropped by the Justice Department.

Young dismissed those demands, calling them "a lot of noise."

"Sen. Begich, in all due respect, won the race," he said. "There is no other recourse. He has taken office, he is now the new senator."

Young and Palin aren't exactly political pals. Palin endorsed a Republican primary challenger against Young in 2008, and during her vice presidential campaign the Alaska governor refused to publicly back Young's re-election bid while federal investigators looked into his dealings with an oil company.


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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. obama-mama

    Sarah Palin is like the volcana in Alaska, always blowing out hot crap. She should step down and give the job to someone who deserves it.

    April 3, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Anonymous

    at 87 years old, and taking into account what all he has just been through, he probably should think about retiring and maybe just throwing his support to a new up coming "younger" person..I feel much sympathy for him, but, honestly, at his age, how much longer does he have anyways ? America ( and yes, Alaska too ) needs fresh blood in senate and congress now..

    April 3, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Brian Crooks

    Boy, that'd be some fireworks. It would be nice to see Sarah Palin go through a primary, though.

    Before she got nominated for VP, all I knew about her was that she was under investigation for corruption. If she plans on running for President in 2012, she'll have to go through the most difficult single-contest electoral process in the country in the Iowa Caucus. As a Political Science student at the University of Iowa in 2003 and 2007, I got to see two caucuses firsthand and I can tell you, Iowans love substance. Catch phrases and equivocating can work if you're only around for a few days before you move on, but the Iowa Caucus campaign can last 6 months or more. If she comes in and tries to pull the same tricks to avoid giving straight answers and instead shoots off a string of homespun colloquialisms, the Iowans will call her on it and nail her to the wall (example: Hillary Clinton). Maybe the Alaska Gubernatorial Primary would at least let us see what she really has.

    April 3, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Jonita

    Dropped charges does't mean innocent...

    April 3, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Scott the Independent

    She was one of the accomplies in rail roading Stevens. I believe if he ran he not only could make a good case on that front but would be considered vastly more knowledgable. It would also leave her free to devote all her time to 2012.......SMILE

    April 3, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. EBC, MD

    LORD.... what's WRONG with these Republicans? Just when you think things CAN'T get any worse, they go from WORSE to WORSER!!!

    Unbelievable!!!

    April 3, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Kellygirl

    It's not just a lot of noise, it's simply insane. Those long, cold winters must cause some kind of impairment when it comes to common sense.

    April 3, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. carlo

    Great! Hasn't Palin called for Begich to resign so Stevens can take his seat back? She wishes. I hope Stevens runs and whips her butt.

    April 3, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Austinite

    They expect the guy who just beat their party in the race to step aside so they can get a second chance WITH THE SAME CANDIDATE? Really? REALLY? The "series of tubes" in their heads must be out of whack or something.

    April 3, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Karrie

    Ted Stevens is 85 years old. That alone should be enough reason for him to sit back and enjoy that snazzy home he has up in Alaska with his obscene government pension. He’s older then any member of my family who are no longer here ever lived to see. With today’s challenges, the Congress needs new blood, not some old man set in his ways. And I’m not a kid myself, but that’s the way I see it. Being a senator is an elected position, it's not a life long entitlement.

    April 3, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. bill

    Gosh...who knew Alaska was so deprived of proper leadership.....good thing ol' McCain brought Palin to the surface or the corrupt ways and hate filled leadership never would have been brought to the attention of the lower 48~ It's time Alaska had some honest people in control!...and I don't think Stevens as governor would be the answer.....nor is re-electing Palin....they all need to be ousted~

    April 3, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Doug, New Jersey

    Another republican who was trashed and lied about by libs. You wont hear the lib apologize though, they can't do that, only republicans have the decency for that. Remember the Duke/rape case that was bogus, that lib leader never apologized either, the lib never does.

    April 3, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Palin wouldn't stand a chance.

    April 3, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Ken

    Ted Stevens should feel lucky and just keep his mouth shut and retire!

    Alaska will be better off if Stevens keeps his mouth shut and retire!

    April 3, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. PatC

    Actually this would be a good race. Of course Palin has not said she is running.

    April 3, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. USMC - Mike

    More Delusion from the GoP ...

    They still don't get it ... Shameful ...

    April 3, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. AnnMM

    Begich won fair and square. Check the Constitution. Even if Begich stepped aside Stevens couldn't just step into the vacant seat. The people elected him, the Governor can't overrule that just because she thinks she's the right-wing's Messiah. Furthermore, how truly popular can Palin be if members of her own party would like to see Stevens take her job.

    Alaska is messed up.

    April 3, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. John in Ohio

    Wow, they want to elect somebody worse then Palin

    April 3, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Mari

    Honestly, the GOP has lost its collective mind. At 85, Mr. Stevens, should retire and live in peace.

    However, the Obama Justice Department, MUST investigate the Bush Justice Department's prosecutor that threw Mr. Stevens "under the bus"!

    April 3, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Barbara Campbell

    Palin has made so many enemies with her self-absorbtion and her cronyism that all the winks and smiles in the world aren't going to help.

    April 3, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Greg in Colorado

    He was not outted by the liberals, he was outted by his own party... get your head out the sand and join the land of the knowing... remember THINKING is patriotic!!! Doug you should know better!! :*(

    April 3, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Expat American

    The legal real estate between ‘Proven Guilty’ and ‘Proven Innocent’ in the U.S. is quite a large plot of land....

    Stevens is in his eighties….although he would probably win…but would he want to run at this point? He’s a good 20 years past the age that many people retire!

    April 3, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Sue

    Wait a minute, Doug. It was the BUSH Justice Dept. that went after Stevens; it's the Obama Justice Dept. that dropped the charges. Just who should apologize again?

    April 3, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. grahame

    Please someone, even with the last name Bush please run against Palin.

    Wake Up call republicans!!!!! You'll never win with Palin on the ticket.

    Palin is a joke. Please for the sake of the GOP get rid of this moron

    April 3, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Sniffit

    Wow...are they just trying to one-up each other on the crazymeter or what?

    April 3, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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