Trying to inoculate his campaign, John McCain issued a statement this morning about the corruption conviction of Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, urging his fellow Republican to resign.
"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."
McCain's running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, has also distanced herself from Stevens.
UPDATE: In an interview later today with CNBC, Palin also said Stevens should step aside now and allow the state to elect someone else.
Democrat Barack Obama put in his two cents on Stevens, agreeing that he should resign posthaste.
“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," Obama said in a statement.
“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.”
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