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Obama says he is "confident" "no representatives: "had any part in any deals related to this seat." "

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Updated at 10:25 Chicago time with full Obama opening statement on Gov. Blagojevich....

One minute into his press conference in Chicago, President elect Barack Obama addressed the Gov. Blagojevich scandal, focusing on the main question, what communication, if any, did his staff have with Blagojevich over his replacement in the Senate. He said he was "confident" his team had none, and asked for an internal report he said he would make public.


"I am also aware of your interest in the matter of the Illinois Senate appointment," Obama said at the opening of his press conference.

"Let me say that I was as appalled as anyone by the revelations earlier this week. I have never spoken with the Governor on this subject. And I am quite confident that no
representatives of mine would have had any part in any deals related to this seat. I think the materials released by the U.S. Attorney reflect that. I have asked my team to gather the facts of any contacts with the Governor's staff about this vacancy so we can share them with you. And we will do that in the next few days.

"Finally, on this matter, let me say that this Senate seat does not belong to any politician to trade - it belongs to the people of Illinois, and they deserve the best possible representation. They also deserve to know that any vacancy will be filled in an appropriate way. I hope and expect that the leaders of the legislature will take
steps to ensure that this is so. "

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o19ovKcLHp0

seems Obama and Axelrod were Proud on working with Blago for his replacement.

Now They are saying it never happened.


Obama is as corrupt as the next guy. Just denys and lies and twist facts and wrangles out of it.
Still corrupt though.

Thats a huge insult to think Americans are stupid enough to beleive that.

The notion that he had no conversation whatsover with the Governer regarding his successor in the senate is beyond ludicrous.

IF PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA WAS INVOLVED IN THIS
HE WOULD BE TAKEN DOWN, HE ISN'T ABOVE THE LAW,
HE JUST HASN'T BROKEN ANY, SOME OF YOU DON'T LIKE
HIM BECAUSE HE IS SMART AND MAYBE HE IS A LITTLE
TO DARK ON THE SKIN COLOR SIDE, BUT YOU NEED TO
GET OVER IT, GET ON WITH YOUR LIVES, STAND UP AND
ACCOMPLISH YOUR OWN GOALS IN LIFE, STOP CRYING
AND PLAYING GUILT BY ASSOCIATION ALL THE TIME!
THE ELECTION IS OVER AND THE RIGHT MAN WON!
7 MILLION EXPECTED AT THE INAGURATION!
THE GOV MESSED UP NOT THE PRESIDENT-ELECT!

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