October 2008

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McCain, Obama Call For Stevens' Resignation

Issued from the campaign on behalf of Senator McCain:

"Yesterday, Senator Ted Stevens was found guilty of corruption. It is a sign of the health of our democracy that the people continue to hold their representatives to account for improper or illegal conduct, but this verdict is also a sign of the corruption and insider-dealing that has become so pervasive in our nation's capital.

"It is clear that Senator Stevens has broken his trust with the people and that he should now step down. I hope that my colleagues in the Senate will be spurred by these events to redouble their efforts to end this kind of corruption once and for all."

UPDATE: Obama does too:

"Yesterday's ruling wasn't just a verdict on Senator Stevens - but on the broken politics that has infected Washington for decades. It's time to put an end to the corruption and influence-peddling, restore openness and accountability, and finally put government back in the hands of the people it serves. Senator Stevens should step down.

"But Stevens' resignation won't solve anything on its own. It's clear that if we're going to put the economy back on track and provide relief to working Americans, we're going to have to change the way that Washington works. That's why I'm running for president."