10/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Palin Dodges On Ted Stevens Question, But In July Said "I Have Great Respect For Him...His Voice Needs To Be Heard"

So Jonathan Martin is reporting that Sarah Palin dodged question about whether or not she supports the re-election of indicted U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.

Sarah Palin, taking her first series of impromptu questions from reporters, today declined to say whether she'll support the re-election of indicted Sen. Ted Stevens and embattled Rep. Don Young. The venerable Alaska Republicans both are running under an ethical cloud that could imperil their re-election.

"Ted Stevens' trial started a couple days ago," Palin told my colleague Ken Vogel at a brief press avail after touring Ground Zero. "We'll see where that goes."

Palin ignored a follow-up question about whether she would vote for Stevens or Young.

But despite her dodge today, just a couple of months ago -- in July of this year -- she lavished Stevens with praise, saying her relationship with him was good, that she had "great respect" for him and that "his voice needs to be heard across America."

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