Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) on Tuesday condemned Sen. Ted Stevens (R., Alaska) and called for the convicted senator to resign. "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," he said in a statement. Stevens has been defiant both during the indictment process and after the court ruling that found he had lied about $250,000 in gifts he received, mostly for his home in Alaska. Following his conviction, Stevens said "I'm innocent," and asked that Alaska voters "stand" with him to re-elect him to his seat. He has served in the Senate since 1968. CNBC reported that Gov. Sarah Palin (R., Alaska), McCain's running mate, had repeated McCain's call in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday and issued a similar response through the governor's office on Monday. She had remained mum on the subject until Monday evening. Fort his part, Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.) also called for Stevens' resignation Tuesday, saying: "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."