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. KAREN

    Right decision Sarah....now will you step down if you're found guilty in troopergate?

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. ines

    Oh this is so incredibly RICH! This Palin quote will be snapped up by all the late night comics immediately.

    The IRONY of it all – You just can't make this stuff up – People wouldn't believe you if you did. lol

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. D&D

    So all of sudden she now knows what to say about Sen. Stevens!

    Why didn't she say it yesterday? I guess she was waiting for McCain approval...

    Folks, make sure to VOTE democrates, make sure to be part of history this year by helping electing Obama!

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Chris (SC)

    Wonder how long it will be until Stevens rats out Palin for something illegal she did with Stevens? I also don't see the difference between lying about troopergate and bringing your family along for free trips when they weren't supposed to but I guess there are worse things she could do, like win on Nov. 4th.

    Sad part is he will probably still win up there in Alaska despite being convicted of corruption. Please Alaska voters show all politicians a lesson, you can't do bad things and keep your job.

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Igor

    I normally don't like McCain-Palin, especially the Palin half, but this is a really stand-up move on her part. Of course she will seat a republican until the winner of next week's election takes over in January, but this is still a bigger positive than anything out of the McCain-Palin camp the last couple days.

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. A. Rohani

    I call for Gov. Palin to resign.

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Rich in Seattle

    He should, just as she should for her ethics violation of abuse of power.

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    One ethically challenged Rushpublican, criticizing another.
    Throw the bums out.
    Vote Democratic – Help wipe the bush-cheney-mccain stain from


    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Scott NYC Independent

    Yeah she really sticks by you in hard times doesn't she.

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Bethie

    Stevens – why don't you ask Palin to step down?

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Tired of the Nonsense

    Palin has some nerve.....after Troopergate (which is still under investigation and could still result in charges against the VP candidate) she really needs to keep her mouth shut on this one.

    ....and here's one more tidbit of info you McCain/Palin supporters might not be aware of:

    In its recent endorsement of Obama in the presidential contest, the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's largest newspaper, called Palin "too risky" to be one step away from the Oval Office. "Like picking McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time," the editors said.

    The newspaper's editorial board concluded that Obama "brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand."

    Obama/Biden – '08/'12

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. mitch

    so should she. she is destroying the wonderful gop . it will be so sad to see them go.


    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Jenna

    CNN post this !!

    Obama wants to burn the plank on both ends for small business (that's the majority of companies in America).

    If you raise the min. wage and tax the business more, who suffers?

    Goods and services cost more.
    Small business will fail and we will import more that costs less.
    Jobs will be lost.
    Tax revenue will be lost.

    Your future will be lost.

    Do not vote for Obama, he is not for you, he is for absolute power !!!

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Rob Doubleday

    Too bad she did not have the courage to answer this way the first time she was asked.
    Seems she had to wait and see how McCain wanted the question answered.
    This says something about her judgement, and it is not good.

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. EDW

    Palin couldn't say anything yesterday because she had to wait to see what her campaign wanted her to say. Palin is a puppet.

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Joe

    Attention Mccain Supporters...

    Have any of you been having a hard time trying to post anything positive about Senator Mccain on this site?

    Yesterday, I tried to respond 16 times to a lady who kept asking why I would vote for John Mccain...and CNN didn't post any of them.

    Is CNN purposely censoring any opposing view or is it just my comments for some reason? It seems every comment on here is praising Sen. Obama and ripping Sen. Mccain apart. That is hard to believe since the polls are so close.

    Just wondering...I would hate to think such a reputable MSM organnization would resort to this...but I have no other answer.

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. mscrigler

    Someone must have reminded her of her "maverickyness" ;~). Elizabeth perhaps?

    She should follow suit and step down over troopergate.

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Carol

    A lot of corrupt and abusive politiicians in Alaska, isn't there?

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Snafu

    And she waited until McCain spoke, no this does not fly. She had the opportunity to call for his resignation many times prior and she failed to do so. She is just as guilty as Stevens.

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Independent white female patriotic voter

    Palin has the nerve to talk about guilt. Plain is guilty of abusing power in th etroopegate case, she should not be running for VP.

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. St Paul Mom

    Note how she doesn't say he should bow out of the race – she apparently wants him to win, then step down so that they can elect a Republican in his place.

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. shell

    so it seems approprate that Sarah also resign. Alaskans dont; wan tms abuse of power any longer. they are turned off by her and her lies. check out mudflats....

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Voice





    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Frank,MO

    How about you, Maverick ? Abusing your powers so mavericky ? You should join Stevens!

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. wakeupamerica

    Couldn't she have said this yesterday? Guess she forgot to go rogue! So when her depositions are processed, this means she will step down too. 🙂

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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