October 28th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin calls for Stevens to resign

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.palin.10.27.jpg caption="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. Jim

    Pot meet kettle.

    October 28, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Louis in Los Angeles

    Wasn't Palin the first one to defend Stevens? What a flip flopper!

    And what exactly does Todd Palin do?

    October 28, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Barbara

    Yea, Palin and McCain wants you to resign so if she can't win the white house she wants your job. IF she wins, she's going to be sitting in the oval office Chair more than McCain, and all he's going to do, is YES, I agree, we need more war,and Conflict to others, and send more of our Money overseas, Yes I agree whole heartedly. Come on people wake up, they say Obama is spreading the wealth around, hey the Republicans having been ripping peoples money off, giving it to CEOs and people are losing our homes, Jobs, and they don't seem to care, just as long as they get more of our money in their pocket. I've been a republican and no more, I'm for Obama. Vote NOV. 4 for him.

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

    Why don't you do the honorable thing and resign since you too were just found guilty of corruption and abuse of power.

    Go back to Alaska.

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Nancy

    I hope she steps down especially if this next investigation also shows she abused her power. This woman is a total hypocrite. Those of you who support her are blind as a bat (or racist?)

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Rick in Florida

    Time for YOU to go, too, Sarah. You did many of the things he did (like getting a house built by local contractors who you appointed to build a city building), so if HE goes, then YOU DO, TOO.

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Accountant Guy

    This must be a joke!! Frist Stevens, next Palin. Maybe they will be able to share a cell!! Get out and Barack the Vote America!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Karen

    One more week – and then (I pray) Sarah goes back to Alaska!!! And four years from now, she'll be living out her own jail sentence (embezzling, shooting wolves from copters, more ethics violations, general stupidity – who knows; there's so much to choose from) and we will hopefully never have to hear her annoying, whiny, voice spreading lies and hypocrisy again!

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Matt

    I call for Palin to go back to Alaska. All in favor?

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |

    Palin has a lot of nerves considering there are major questions of her doing the exact SAME thing he was found guity of!

    Also McCain asked the RNC to buy those clothes for Palin even though he had made an admendment to the Campaign Reform barring candidats from spending campaign funds on personal items, he said not so much as a bow tie should be bought.

    So what made Palin an exception to his own rules?

    Is this the kind of onesided "reform" we are to expect from a McCain/Palin team?

    Does it not prove him once again to be a dishonest person when he does not even abide by his own rules?


    McCain offered one amendment that barred candidates from using campaign money for personal expenses such as vacations, mortgage payments, and clothing purchases, among others. Another amendment pushed for the campaign reforms, if enacted, to go into effect in 1994 instead of 1996, as originally proposed. Little noted was that McCain's amendment was identical to one that his Arizona colleague, Senator Dennis DeConcini (D), was set to introduce to the Senate, before McCain beat him to the punch by a day-a move that won McCain credit for the amendment.

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. CitizenAJ

    Good question, if the good Governor is found guilty in her troopergate case, will she do the right thing? Didn't some court or independent council find her guilty of abusing her power already? Again, her and McCain making these calls for Senator Stevens to step down are political gaming, stunts, grand-standing to get votes. Trying to show their "maverick" reform. Get real! If Bush/Cheney were bad managers of the country, imagine someone who lacks the background to lead the nation and is clearly over her head? Whew, no way, no McCain, no Palin!

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Pam

    Why bother resigning? He's up for re-election in a week, he'll probably lose.

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. ahk, beverly hills, ca

    Isn't hypocrisy wonderful?

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Ron

    Start with the (wo)man in the mirror. You were found guilty of ethics violations yourself.

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

    To "Mark Johnson":

    I don't think its fair to call CNN "racist fascists"; they've had a lot of pro-Obama stories too.

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Michael watching from Canada

    Of course she wants Stevens to step down!!!

    The longer Stevens remains stubborn and makes this a story....

    it hurts Palin!

    Both Stevens and Palin are from Alaska.

    Both Stevens and Palin are trying to get elected on Nov. 4th.

    And Palin still has troopergate to deal with.

    So Stevens' conviction brings attention to troopergate!!!

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. ThatOne

    She ran Stevens 527. This women is toxic

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. John in VA

    Interesting – republicans complain about democrats being stupid and uneducated, but in the same breath describe democrats as intellectual elites... perhaps it's those republicans who need an a bit more education in such areas as reading, writing, and logic...

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Tolu - Chicago, IL

    After being found guilty on ethics violation, I had hoped Governor Palin would take the opportunity to do the 'stateswoman-like' thing and erase the cloud that is covering her gubernatorial seat, but she didn't.

    To make it worse, she is now trying to be our VP. Don't you have some moose to hunt or something?

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. danel

    it goes to show that Alaska's politics are more corrupt than the lower 48.

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Fred

    I'm glad Sarah Palin is finally speaking her mind. Good for her.


    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    To j. williams,

    Jefferson was indicted. Stevens was CONVICTED.

    Understand the difference?

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Please

    If ignorance is bliss, most people commenting here should be much happier than their posts show. It looks like soon you might get that CHANGE you can believe in. But what will you do when it turns into so much change that you can't believe it? The mantra will then be Change you can count. And when you tell the government they can't take your rights away, they'll just tell you, Yes We Can.

    Have a good day.

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Sarah resign!

    What's good for the gander is good for the goose. Palin's ethics violations are worse than Stevens'.

    Resign moose girl!

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. M.

    Did you all hear that Palin also bought her little daughter A Louis Vuitton Handbag for $700. A little girl with a $700 handbag. That is a thrifty shopper ha????

    Palin said the $150,000 plus for cloths was not her idea and she obviously is a phoney.

    I would love to see 6 pack Palin go to a Consignment store. What a joke.

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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