December 17th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Blagojevich talks: 'Hang loose'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Blagojevich said he wants to tell his side of the story."] CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that he "can't wait to begin to tell his side of the story."

In the week since Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges, there have been repeated calls for his resignation.

Although Blagojevich, 52, has not commented publicly on the charges, his lawyer Ed Genson said the governor had done nothing wrong and does not intend to step down.

"I can't wait to begin to tell my side of the story and to address you guys and most importantly the people of Illinois. That's who I'm dying to talk to," Blagojevich told reporters gathered outside his home.

"There's a time and place for everything. That day will soon be here, and you might know more about that today, maybe no later than tomorrow."

Asked what it is he wants to say, Blagojevich told the reporters to "hang loose."

Members of an Illinois House of Representatives panel met Tuesday to determine whether there is a basis to impeach Blagojevich.

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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Ted Kennedy

    If the esteemed governor needs some lawyers to help him fashion his story into a tale of heroism and integrity, I think a few of them that I used are still alive. Of course, it will come with a price. I do not do these things for free.

    After over 35 years, I am still free and in office. I can guarantee the governor that, given a little time, these legal eagles can concoct a story that will guarantee him no consequences except one: don't try to run for president.

    That part is over. Believe me, I know.

    December 17, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Maggie, NYC

    Those of you commenting on the fact that Blago is a democrat need to think about some names republican names that may come to mind when you think of corruption.. think real hard now.. there you go, I knew you'd be able to come up with some names

    December 17, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. ch

    The people can't wait either to hear this one…it's got to be better than what Bill Clinton said when his career was on the line -LIP
    LIP: Bill Clinton's career on the line? When? His approval rating was above 60% all through the Lweinsky "scandal", the democrats GAINED seats in the 1998 mid term election (in the midst of the "scandal") his wife won a NY senate seat in a landslide and he left office with the highest approval rating of any president in 60 years.

    The only thing that was on the line during the Lewinsky witch hunt was the reputation of the republicans – and poetic justice that Livingston and Gingrich were FORCED to resign but Bill Clinton sailed on – more popular than ever!


    December 17, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Mickie

    I love how he says he can't wait to tell his side, but then doesn't say anything, except "hang loose". There are so many corrupt politicians (democrat and republican) because the voters are too apathetic and our system is so antiquated, it is difficult to learn the truth about politicians, so people vote according to propaganda or party. It's definitely time for citizens to take more notice of political dealings. Get big $$ out of politics and allow for public access channel to air all political campaigning.

    December 17, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. John Saltsman

    Blago.... Sounds like one of the villains from the James Bond series.

    December 17, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Wow, is he going to hang 10 in Lake Michigan now? Hopefully with a pair of cement shoes. Blech!

    December 17, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. tip of the iceberg

    Regardless of what his "side" of the story is, Blago needs to resign. If he's innocent, great; he can go to court and prove his innocence. However, the fact the the investigation is going really impedes his ability to do his job. There is a media circus & everyone is calling for his resignation. If he is innocent as he claims, then he should do his ultimate duty & do what's best for his constituents – RESIGN! He cannot govern in this situation.

    December 17, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Independent In NY

    I would rather hang HIM............

    December 17, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. roy

    Perhaps he is practicing the prison lingo he will have to learn soon!! Hang loose Blago!!

    December 17, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. JV

    It's not that he is a democrat, it is that he is a politician. Corruption has no party affiliation.

    December 17, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. David

    Maybe he's going to drop some bombshells. Somebody may be scrambling to make sure he either shuts up or says the right things.

    December 17, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. TofPA

    I'm leery, but I love my country and therefore believe in its laws. One of those laws states that "All Persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers."

    December 17, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Irritated in Fl

    Why is this man still allowed to perform the duties of Governor? This is the perfect example of how screwed up our system is in the Government. ANYTIME, there is even a hint of an official committing a felony, their powers should IMMEDIATELY be suspended until it is resolved. This man is making a joke of our justice system and is a startling preface to what we can expect from the Obama administration for the next 4 years. Chicago corruption at it's best. Any other country and he would have been shot.

    December 17, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Tom in Delaware

    Here you go Greg:

    Greg in Columbus December 17th, 2008 11:40 am ET


    "All I want to know is if Obama is lying…again…lol…"

    What was he lying about before? Please give proof and a link, don't just give wild accusations or what you heard on Rush

    On Obama's 'Fight the Smears' section of his website it claimed that "Barack Obama has never worked for ACORN."

    After the internet video of him training ACORN workers it was changed to "Barack Obama has never been hired by ACORN."

    There's a lot more evidence than that, but CNN doesn't have room enough for it all.

    I don't know what you call that in Columbus but here in Delaware we call that lying.

    December 17, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. JIM...TX

    Can't wait to hear better start with...Once upon a time 🙂

    December 17, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. BS not Maverick

    tick tock!

    December 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. clova

    Marc, in Virginia why cant you accept the fact that President Elect Obama will be in the white House in January, and you Sir will still be a NOBODY!!!

    December 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |

    Its amusing how republicans react now since the whole republican party ist a corruptive mess \, haha.

    What a bunch !

    Let the man speek, he is innocent until proven guilty folk, just as simple as that.

    December 17, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    Yep, he's gonna name names...... let the Obama scandals begin!

    December 17, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. CK in Virginia

    Illinois was once a well known state thanks to Abe Lincoln. And now poor Abe must be rolling over in his grave because Blagojevich and "Mr Change" (Obama) are ruining the state's reputation

    December 17, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Pam

    So start talking. This oughta be good!

    December 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Seth

    This man would have been drawn and quartered if he were Republican.

    December 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. LIP

    Seems like he is waiting quite a while for someone that seems eager to tell his side of the story. The rest of us can't wait's got to be good, really good.
    Jay Leno can't wait as well, as he is running out of good material.

    December 17, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Helen

    Seems to me if he had anything substantive to say he would have already said it or maybe he is going to make up something to say. He is chopped liver and he needs to get the hell out NOW. CROOKED POLITICIAN

    December 17, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Baze

    "hang HIM"

    December 17, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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