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CNBC EXCERPT: CNBC'S MARIA BARTIROMO INTERVIEWS REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE SEN. JOHN MCCAIN AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GOV. SARAH PALIN TODAY

CNBC EXCERPT: CNBC'S MARIA BARTIROMO INTERVIEWS REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE SEN. JOHN MCCAIN AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GOV. SARAH PALIN TODAY

WHEN: Today, Tuesday, October 28th

WHERE: CNBC's "Closing Bell" and "Wall Street Crisis: Is Your Money Safe?"

Following is an unofficial excerpt of a CNBC EXCLUSIVE interview with Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin that took place this morning in Hershey, Pa.

Extensive portions of interview will air this afternoon on CNBC's "Closing Bell" (3-5 PM ET) as well as on CNBC's live primetime special "Wall Street Crisis: Is Your Money Safe?" (7-9 PM ET).

All references must be sourced to CNBC.

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BARTIROMO: Governor Palin, give me your sense...

Sen. McCAIN: Work in New York City...

BARTIROMO: ...of Ted Stevens. We've got, obviously, one of the big stories

of the day.

Gov. PALIN: Yeah, yeah. Ted Stevens, you know, a sad day for Alaska

yesterday when he was found guilty of seven felonies. 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.

BARTIROMO: You've asked him to step down.

Sen. McCAIN: He should, yes. Right away.



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