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Palin: 'He needs to step aside...' (Updated)

There's now a story on the ADN homepage.

Update, 11:45 a.m.: The McCain-Palin campaign just issued this statement from the governor:

"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. 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."

Original post:

From the ABC News Political Punch blog:

In an interview recorded this morning for CNBC, set to air at closing bell of the market today, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin calls for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, to step down.

"A sad day for Alaska yesterday when he was found guilty of seven felonies," she says. "But -- and now he needs to do the right thing, and the right thing is, as he's proclaiming his innocence and proclaiming, too, that he will go through the appellate process, OK, then he needs to step aside and allow our state to elect someone who will be supportive of those ideals of America: the free enterprise, the missions that we're on, to win the war, those things that have got to take place in order to progress this country. Ted Stevens has got to play a very statesmanlike role in this now."

> Palin, McCain call for Stevens to quit (MSNBC First Read blog)

Meanwhile, this today from the Washington Post's The Trail blog, under a headline Palin Brings Out Party Faithful in Pa.:

HERSHEY, Pa. -- As pundits and strategists debate whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has helped or hurt Sen. John McCain's chances to be president, there is one unassailable fact.

People flock to her.

Consider the following: After several days of relatively small McCain rallies -- think a couple thousand people, max -- the McCain-Palin rally here Tuesday morning drew close to 10,000 people.

As the Straight Talk Express pulled into the stadium -- with spotlights spiraling around the stadium as if the Chicago Bulls were about to enter -- the crowd chanted "Sarah! Sarah!"...

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