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Palin: 'Do the right thing'

From NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger

ROANOKE, Va. -- Calling it a sad day for her state, Palin today called on Sen. Ted Stevens (R) to "do the right thing," after the Alaska senator was convicted in his federal corruption trial.

After waiting more than an hour for Palin to emerge from an airport lounge and board her plane at the Richmond airport, a podium was set up in the rain. The governor disembarked from the bus and gave brief remarks, ignoring questions.

"The verdict shines a light though on the corrupting influence of the big oil service company up there in Alaska that was allowed to control too much of our state," she said. "And that control was part of the culture of corruption that I was elected to fight. And that fight must always move forward regardless of party affiliation or seniority or even past service.

Palin said she would monitor the situation and would "take any appropriate action as needed." She called on Alaskans to respect the workings of the judicial system. "And I'm confident that Sen. Stevens, from this point on, will do the right thing for the state of Alaska," she said.

With Stevens on the ballot next week, the remaining question is whether Palin will vote for him, or has already done so by absentee ballot, which she suggested earlier this month might be how she casts her vote.

Palin ignored repeated questions on whether she would vote for Stevens as she boarded the plane.