December 11th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
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Obama says his office had no role in governor scandal

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on federal conspiracy charges Tuesday.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on federal conspiracy charges Tuesday.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama Thursday said no one in his office engaged in dealmaking with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich over who would succeed him in the Senate.

FBI agents arrested Blagojevich on Tuesday on federal corruption charges related in part to the selection of Obama's successor as a U.S. senator. Federal officials said Blagojevich was looking to sell or trade the position.

Obama said the vacant Senate seat is not for "any politician to trade," and he said he had never spoken to the governor on the subject.

He said he was confident that "no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat." The Senate seat "belongs to the people of Illinois and they deserve the best possible representation," he said.

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  1. xddy4u

    Why is Obama being "sweated" over what Governor Blagojevich did? Why don't the media hound him? Obama is being asked the SAME dumb questions everyday. Enough already.

    December 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Too late

    Give Bush a chance.

    December 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Steve

    "I think we're seeing the beginnings of a scandal ridden presidency."

    Actually, we're seeing the end of one.

    December 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. bsmith171

    can his office talk?

    December 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. MD

    I gotta figure that all the haters on this blog have plenty of money. I for one do not. So I need the new president to have a chance to get our economy back up and running without having to defend himself from day one. I guess Joe Biden was right. Only the testing has begun even befor the swearing in...

    December 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. KG

    "Yeah…and you weren't allowed to use his middle name, "Hussein", until it was convenient. Who would have imagined that?"

    Huh? When was that middle name ever convenient?

    December 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. redneck

    Yeh right !

    December 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Kpawlak

    Keep on tap dancing! In about a week it will all go away thanks to our wonderful media.

    December 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Meh

    Oh you people are just ridiculous. Stop trying to connect Obama w. this. The two of them are not tight in the slightest. I've read what he called O. You don't say that about someone you like or are in cohoots w.
    Give it a rest.

    December 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. MR. CANADA

    Anyone wondering why they didn't wait until SOMEONE made a deal with the governor ? Seems to me that SOMEONE protected.

    December 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. WILL AZ

    LOOK IT UP AND READ IT. SOME OF YOU PEOPLE ARE SO DUMB.KNOW WHO YOU VOTED FOR .67%POSITIVE, SMART PEOPLE RULE.

    December 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Have you heard the latest? Obama caused the Mt St. Helens explosion. About time the truth came out.

    December 11, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Rae

    Let the investigators do the investing. They have recordings and if there was any indication PEBO was involved I am sure we would know. Heres an idea....how about we let him deal with the big issues like unemployment, health care and this crappy economy instead of dealing with these distractions made by people who are upset by the election results?

    December 11, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. notafan

    I live in Illinois and trust me the fact that Obama has been encircled by so many crooks/corruption issues is most certainly not a coincidence. The day after his election, he started in with the recommendations on whom Blago should appoint that seat to.

    This whole fiasco, along with all the others are merely turning into a contest of who wears the best Teflon suit.

    December 11, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. bertha doucet

    How can we believe a word that obama and his advisers have to say!!!!!! Houston Tex.

    December 11, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    Thank goodness we finally will have a president in Obama who understands ethics. So far, it is very clear that Obama is above reproach. He is on track to be more ethical than any President since Carter and George Bush, Sr. Was our current president ethical? NO! Was Clinton ethical? NO! Was Reagan ethical? NO!

    December 11, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. bridgette

    If all of Illinois politics were corrupt then this would have never gone out. The reality of it is there needs to be some term limits and some extremely strick rules when you are trying to bid for a job or anything like that. You shouldn't be apart of it or if it is someone you know they shouldn't even be able to bid. Someone should check out Welsch Construction in Chicago. They have every construction job in the city of Chicago. The problem is when you have your police stations being raided by the FBI who can you turn to.

    December 11, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. maurice

    let the system finish before jumping to judgement. i`m sure all will be reveiled in the end. also tee well put...except we dont know if obamma is a great leader or not...he isn`t even in office yet.......

    December 11, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. tk

    those you that don't live here in Illinois clearly don't understand Obama not only served in Blagojevich's administration, he also recommended him for the job. They are ALL intertwined and have been for years.

    The rest of you just never heard about it.

    December 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. nate

    You all on the right seem to think your opinion stlll matters.

    December 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. angel

    The media must be disappointed.........i am sure the media was hoping for a bombshell...but that's okay when someone else does something wrong i am sure the republicans and the media will try to find a way to link Obama to it...we have 4more years.

    December 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. angel

    The media must be disappointed.........i am sure the media was hoping for a bombshell...but that's okay when someone else does something wrong i am sure the republicans and the media will try to find a way to link Obama to it...we have 4more years.

    December 11, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Len

    Those of you that feel Obama is quilty need to listen to what Fitzgerald said: President-elect Obama is not involved in this at all. In fact, read what the Gov. of Illinois said about Obama... Please read the information and stop listening to the biggest divider in this country, Rush Limbaugh!

    And how about those Republicans in the Senate...blocking the bridge loan to the automakers....They have one goal and one goal only...to break UNIONS. They donot care about Middle America....you think we have it bad now, just wait until the big three go under....Millions will be affected. Example: Ask your local American dealership and all those that make autop parts, supply auto parts, your local mechanics, etc.

    December 11, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Rick

    lol.....good one, Barack.

    December 11, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. say my name

    It is funny how the republicans just keep crying, get over it !

    December 11, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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