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. BJ

    Here we go again.....she didn't call for his resignation until she was told that's what she should do. She could have thought for herself by saying that from yesterday. Maybe her husband told her to do it...he seems to be pretty involved in the running of the Government in Alaska. If that ticket wins, heaven help us.....we don't want someone behind the scenes running the U.S. in case something happens to McCain, do we?

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |






    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    Only in America, can you be crooks and still ASK for more money and hold the HIGHEST POSITION IN THE LAND..

    God Bless America! We're truly unique. Have you seen other countries? It calls for beheading and DEATH.

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

    Whereas in the animal world where the adults sometimes eat their young, in the twisted [R] political culture, it is the young that eat their elders.

    October 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Anne

    Stevens should step down when Palin does. She is a disgrace of the Republican party. Troopergate, 83 IQ – GOD save us from PALIN

    October 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Karin


    I would vote for Obama if I were American, however, McCain's body language has nothing to do with Hitler.
    McCain can't raise his arms above shoulder height because of his injuries in Vietnam. When waving to the crowds, it does look a bit like a fascist greeting, however, he just can't get his arms higher up, due to severe fractures he suffered whilst being a POW.
    Why can't Dems and GOP's keep to the issues here, instead of insulting each other??

    October 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Kristina, Seattle

    You mean to say

    "The comments come a day after Palin had not yet been told what her talking points should be."

    October 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. donna

    Geez, Sarah, at least Stevens bought his own clothes.

    October 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Doug R.

    Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) should be handcuffed and marched off to federal prison. The man is a convicted felon and a criminal.

    October 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Charlie Bradley

    If the Senator has to resign so should the Governor. Abuse of power disqualifies this banshee from serving in ANY public office

    October 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. That Other Jerry

    Dose of reality here–Palin wasn't *convicted* of anything. The legislative committee specifically declined to include any recommendation of charges. Branchflower was the one who has on his own decided to try and convict Palin based on his own conclusions from the report. Stevens has been tried and convicted by a real court of law. At some point he might win on appeal (or he might not), but under the present circumstances, he should step down. And a lot of folks should get a life, and learn the difference between a corruption conviction and a tempest in a teapot.

    October 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Moderate

    I am confused - this is what she should do so why are we bashing her? I have as little respect for Palin as most people; however, when she does the right thing she should be accorded respect for her actions. Had she not done so, then I would believe she is acting improperly. I for one am glad she has made this statement and will put no strings on that statement of thanks.

    October 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. James

    Maybe we should all call for Palin's resignition now....

    October 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Joshua from Vandenberg AFB, CA

    One crook calling out another...interesting. She stabs everybody in the ack..watch out folks.

    October 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. DIVA

    and that my friends is the MAVERICK THING TO DO



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

    Yeah, he should resign, after the way he used his position to get people fired, and the way he charged taxpayers to live in his own house, and the way he charged taxpayers for travel for himself and his kids, and the way he charged rape victims for their rape kits, and the way he turned surpluses into $22 millon debts by building huge sports complexes in a town of 3,000 people, and...

    Oh, wait... that wasn't Stevens. Well, whoever DID do those things should resign, too!

    October 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Stupid is as stupid does

    If I remember correctly Ms. Palin, your husband had your house built by the same people who constructed the arena in Alaska. And it was done for free. So you need to get your lies together sister because they're coming after you soon. CNN knows this is true but chooses not to post it right now. But if you do your homework, you'll see that as she ended her stint as Mayor, she had this house built, by a contractor. This contractor was then awarded the arena contract. Hmmm. This was all orchestrated by Palins husband. Hmmm. Look into it people.

    Palin is next with her abuse.

    October 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. JD

    I agree with everyone here. She is believes she is to be excepted from such things. She is going to lose her career as a politician sooner than she expects. You shoukld be careful when throwing your inexperienced weight around. I guess she has always figured she could get away with anything because no one pays attention to what is going on in Alaska and the majority of their population seems to be republicans, so why would they (or how dare they) chastise her for her indiscretions?

    The highest approval rating of any current governor? Maybe that has something to do with the fact that she is good at hiding things she does and gets rid of people who may be a threat to her exposure.

    Can't wait to see the chips fall for this one.

    How can she be so vile and arrogant? "I guess a small town mayor is something like a community organizer, except the community organizer is going to be President of the United States", and the small town mayor will go back to her small town.

    Shut your trap Palin and leave America alone.

    October 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. sneaky pete

    so how does mark johnson get his comment posted but half of mine never make it through the cnn monitoring? what a joke

    October 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Dana

    I hope they do find a lot of alligations against her so many that she won't be able to show her face in politics again ever!!!

    October 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Susan in NC

    WHERE are Palin's medical records?

    October 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. emma mpey

    look who is talking about others having to resign, while I agree with her, if she truly cares about the betterment of the American people and this nation as a whole she will do us all a favor and take her lack of integrity, unintelligent, empty headed self back to where she came from and leave those who know what they are doing to take reign and make this country the nation of envy for the rest of the world once more. She can go back to watching sun sets over Russia.
    Emma mpey
    Laurel, Md.

    October 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Chris

    Uh, yesterday she was silent on the issue but, I guess since McCain said he sould resign she didn't want to look like a rouge!! LOL!!!

    When are you McCain supporters going to wake and see these two clowns for what they are "Worthless"!! LOL

    October 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Realistic

    Why didn't she herself resign after the abuse of power finding in Troopergate?

    October 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Fed up Alaskan

    Palin "palled around" with a now convicted felon...she ran Steven's PAC up here in Alaska. Why isn't this more of a story today?

    As much as I don't want her back here in Alaska, I REALLY don't want her anywhere near the White House! Send her back here so we can go about the business of impeaching her from the governorship.

    October 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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