October 15th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Late Sen. Stevens in new campaign ad

(CNN) – Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican who lost her primary challenge and is now running as a write-in candidate, is up with a new ad featuring an endorsement from the late Sen. Ted Stevens.

Stevens, who died in a plane crash last summer, is seen telling voters, "I trust Lisa and her commitment to keep fighting for us. She is working for Alaska every single day. We need Lisa and the seniority she has earned now, more than ever."

In the 60-second spot, Stevens' daughter, Sue Covich, says the endorsement was set to run only days after Stevens died when the plane he was traveling in crashed into the Alaska wilderness in August.

"Some Alaskans don't know that my father made a campaign commercial for Lisa that was scheduled to run just days after we lost him," says Covich. "Putting our family before her campaign, Lisa made certain the ad did not air out of respect for Dad and our family.

Murkowski lost a primary challenge from Tea Party-backed candidate Joe Miller in late August. She later decided to run as a write-in candidate, telling CNN, "I am listening to my constituents…I'm going to give them a choice."

Recent polls suggest Miller and Murkowski are neck-and-neck with the Democratic candidate, Scott McAdams, close behind.

Filed under: 2010 • Lisa Murkowski • Ted Stevens
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Voter

    I want Lisa to win, just so it would crush Sarah Failin.

    October 15, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. ConstitutionalPatriot

    She is the epitome of what is wrong in Washington. Nothing but a classless opportunistic scumbag. I'll send Joe another donation just for you Lisa!

    October 15, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. PalmReader

    While my husband was in the Army, we lived in Anchorage for many years. I remember when Stevens was first elected to the Senate. At first blush, I thought Lisa might be making a mistake using him in her ad, but Alaskans are a different breed of people, and this may go over in her favor. Stevens was well respected. At this point, any one is better than Joe Miller. I am pulling for McAdams though.

    October 15, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. vic nashville tn

    Very good move

    Lisa well done

    October 15, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    Regardless of her politics, it IS kinda creepy to have the 'voice from the grave' endorsing you...

    October 15, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    While I really am not if favor of either her or Joe Miller, I still hope she can pull this off, just to shove Caribou Barbie's nose in what she created.

    October 15, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    Being dead makes Stevens eligible to vote as a registered Democrat. WIll he switch parties?

    October 15, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Voter

    Well being illiterate makes Teabaggers eligible to vote, Dave.

    October 15, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Please Help My Family Get Jobs - Please Vote Republican

    Thank you.

    "Kevin" Bangalore, India

    October 15, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Lisa Murkowski never ran the ad where Stevens endorsed her because it was too close to his death. She asked his family if it would be acceptable to run the ad and they said no. So, this is just an old campaign ad that was never aired.

    October 15, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Ann

    If Joe Miller looses it will be a slap in the face to Sarah Palin. If Ms. Palin meant the people of Alaska any good, she would have completed her term as Govenor and not let the people down. On her own Sarah Palin knows that after her disasterous performance while running for Vice President that she would not have made gread inroads or weilded alot of influence had she remained as Governor. Now she figures that all she has to do is to put her own people in high places and she will stand a better chance to have access to whatever she wants out of Washington – every thing that Sarah Palin does is calculated to benefit her own selfish agenda. Sarah Palin is pulling one over on the Tea Party folks and hoping that she and her family will be set for life. What a scam.

    October 15, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Why are Rush and his Mafia in hiding all the time?

    He looks good for being under ground that long.Maybe Palin is a Zombie too,lets vote for Sarah the baby seal basher.

    October 15, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    Murkowski is going to win or – as quiet as it's kept – ADAMS!!! Anyone but 'Miller High Life" only because CORRUPTION put him in place and he has a CORRUPT mind!!!

    WAKE up AMERICA and smell the CORRUPTION – VOTE DEMOCRAT if you think ADAMS can pull it off – or vote for Murkowski!!!

    I think the AD will HELP!!!

    This is T’SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 15, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Perfect! Convicted fraud peddling for another fraud. Go McAdams...we don't want Lisa or mean Miller that even the Palin's don't like.

    October 15, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Whatever

    If this was a criminal case it would be a slam dunk because the witness has "spoken from the grave". It will very interesting to see how it plays out for her OBVIOUSLY he taped this thinking at the time she would win the primary and not running as a write in. Good luck to her!!!!

    October 15, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. barry

    Lisa Murkowski is just a typical Liberal with the entitlement attitude they have. The people of Alaska have already sent Murkowski packing but that Liberal thinking of hers says oh the people don't know what they are doing. Sure Lisa Sure. No means No Lisa Murkowski go away pathetic little liberal.

    October 15, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    Dave, Central Illinois – come off it already. Democrats, of which I am one, are not your enemies. Don't you see we're purposely being divided so we don't recognize what's really going on – our democracy is being bought off by the rich for their gains. The media, owned by said corporations, are working their magic. This ensures low or no taxes, no regulation, and off shoring of our jobs at will, on behalf of millionaires and billionaires. If we don't wake up, this little experiment is going to be wholly owned, and all over for the rest of us.

    October 15, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. NothingNew

    That is so spooky – just in time for Halloween! I wonder if she will next summon the image of Billie Mays (but wait – there's more!).

    October 15, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Drew, FL

    "Being dead makes Stevens eligible to vote as a registered Democrat. WIll he switch parties?" So what does make brain-dead teabaggers? Republicans.

    Tea Party may have started out as a good idea, but they've been hijacked by the GOP. Congrats! You are now part of the establishment...and the problem.

    October 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Paul from Phoenix

    Wow, Murkowski might be the biggest sore loser I have ever seen.

    October 15, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. normajean

    I never thought I would want to be an Alaskan, particularly, but I do wish I could be there to write in Lisa Murkowski on the ballot.

    October 15, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Dean

    Maybe she can go and represent him in his currect district.

    October 15, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Indy

    This is exactly what Stevens would have wanted, and he knew that Palin was a complete fraud bilking the State with bogus expense claims so Stevens would be proud of Lisa and Alaskans will like this approach as none one likes anything Palin endorses.Miller has proved to be a wingnut and Lisa must keep fighting the good fight.

    October 15, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. ronalde

    let the dead speak,good luck lisa,you have to beat your own party.

    October 15, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. jeff, alabama

    This woman is an enemy of Sarah Palin
    because Palin fought corruption Murkowski
    was involved in. The fact that Lisa would
    exploit this man's death to her benefit is
    more proof of the self serving elitist she is.
    Palin was right to spearhead a new law
    in Alaska to keep the Governor from being
    able to appoint a person to a senate seat.
    Governor Murkowski appointed his daughter
    to a senate seat (Lisa).
    Now a senator from Alaska can only take their
    That's , after all, what America is all about.
    So, you buffoons out there who can't think on
    your own and always say nasty things about
    Palin, had better wish there are more like her
    Sara Palin....2012....!!!

    October 15, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |