December 23rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden: 'No inappropriate contact' between Obama team, Illinois gov

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Vice President-elect Joe Biden will head a new task force on working families on Jaunary 20, 2009."](CNN) - Vice President-elect Joe Biden said a report expected later today detailing contact between the Obama transition team and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich would show there had been "no inappropriate contact" between the two camps.

“I don’t think there’s anything to exonerate,” Biden told reporters following a Tuesday morning economic briefing in Chicago.

Blagojevich has been accused of trying to sell the Senate seat that had been held by President-elect Barack Obama, and was arrested earlier this month. The president-elect had ordered his team to compile a report listing all conversations between the transition office and the Illinois governor. Obama said several days ago that the public release of the list had been delayed at the request of federal investigators.

“It’s been clear that the president-elect has had no contact with Blagojevich, and you’ve seen that he’s asserted - and you’ll find in the report that’s being released today - that there’s been no inappropriate contact by any member of the Obama staff or the transition team with Blagojevich,” said Biden Tuesday.

The report is slated for release late this afternoon.

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soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Dan, TX

    if Obama released the report the day the story broke and it blew the case for the prosecutor everyone would be screaming how Obama released the report early as a political favor to Blagojevich to protect him from prosecution. Hypocrites.

    Some people just can't understand that the lies they have been trained to believe during the campaign really are lies. Obama is the most ethical, common sense, leader we've seen in a generation.

    We are lucky, enjoy seeing just how great America will become under the leadership of a brilliant man who was elected by people who listened. He wasn't elected by liberals, democrats, independents or republicans. He was elected by people who had an open mind and actually listened to his policies and philosophy.

    December 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Pete

    As Colonel Klink says, I know nothing!

    December 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. florida jack

    you should believe vp biden because the fbi has cleared pres obama's ENTIRE TEAM!!

    get over it – he won the election.

    December 23, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Joe R.

    What do you think he's going to say? That Obama is from
    Illinois and nobody gets very far in this state without getting dirty?
    That Obama lied immediately when he failed to disclose Rahm's contacts with the Blagojovich camp? That if the Feds don't quash this inquiry as it relates to Obama he will ultimately be exposed as a player too? He's dirty. Count on it.

    December 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Once you vote Black

    I believe Biden because had nothing to gain and everything to loose by messing with the sale of a seat. I know we are use to not believing Presidents because the last time we had someone we can trust is Carter. After that we had a Zealit who lies, a Duffis, a Cheat, and a Ninny. So I understand Virginia not trusting but your folks are out of there. Sit back and what a Black Cat show you how its done.

    December 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. mickey

    looks like that 10.00 you guys sent Obama is being put to good use. Unfortunately, it will only buy half a beer in Hawaii. Look for more of the same from this arrogant dude–and Democrats thought "the big three" were being extravagant–difference is, they have actually done something for America–gave millions of folks their jobs!

    December 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Laverne

    Sorry guys, maybe next time! Couldn't pin this one on Obama, just not gonna happen!

    December 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. James in Nebraska

    Honestly, why should we believe anyone in Washington anymore? Both sides, not just one or the other.

    December 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. naqib

    wow... first it was NO CONTACT (expect Axlerod who said many discussions before changing his mind)... now it's In-Appropriate Contact...

    The neat little lies start already...

    December 23, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. AnaB

    Virginia, maybe you should believe him because there has been no evidence that anyone on Obama's team did anything wrong.

    December 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. AnaB

    three-letter word j-o-b-s

    Meanwhile, the Pres. Elect is sunning and funning in Hawaii , playing golf and enjoying the beach while the rest of America suffers. Shame on you O!

    Yes, what a horrible thing to do, take a vacation before starting the most stressful job of your life.

    December 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Ok why is this case our main focus. I know this isn't something to be ignored...but WHAT ABOUT THE $350 BILLION THAT IS MISSING FROM THE BAILOUT!!!!!! I'M SORRY BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT????? I'm not saying this whole ordeal isn't important, but we need to get our priorities straight....the american people have raped of $700 billion dollars....Just a friendly reminder from you neighborhood political junky

    December 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Baze

    Look, if Ted Stevens can still be the Sr. Senator of Alaska, then Blago can look for favors out of his appointment of a new Senator.

    December 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. canuck

    interesting to see the news coverage and this message board if you changed the name Obama to Bush.

    December 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. aware

    So who cares what Biden says or what the report states? 🙁

    We may never know the truth on this issue and others. He who controls the media...!

    We do know that PEBO's university education gave him a piece of paper or two and a brainwashing in the ideology of the moment which has been left-wing liberal for some time now!

    And that PEBO's real education was in a dysfunctional family and a search for an identity, Chicago politics of cesspool thuggery and palm-greasing, Alinsky community organizing techniques, a lifelong interest in radical authors, his relationships – pastor...and his long run for president!

    We will see if that makes a good president?

    December 23, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Jackie in Dallas

    Why must everything degenerate down to petty political manuevering? I've said all along that I seriously doubt that there was no communication - after all, a Senator who resigns his office must transition over pertinent information and paper work to the Governor of the state - but no IMPROPER communication. Paterson has already repeatedly said this, and further information about the case was requested to be kept quiet by HIM, not the President Elect or his staff.

    As for Biden, Virginia, if you knew anything about politics you would know that Biden is highly respected on both sides of the aisle. Yep, he makes some verbal goofs (none nearly as funny as some of Bush's however!), but he has Republican friends and Democrats, not to mention some real Independents. His knowledge of foreign affairs is nearly legendary.

    You know, the only people who are saying that President Elect Obama is the Messiah are the Republicans. I voted for a man, not a Messiah. A man I respect, but don't expect to agree with 100% of the time. Many of us voted for him for his message of unity and a return to the rights guaranteed us under the Constitution and Bill of Rights. An intelligent and thoughtful man. I looked past the dirty ads, the divisive and inaccurate policies of the Republicans and saw someone I thought, and still think, will do good things for this country. I'm not a lemming, I didn't drink any Koolaid (although I at least remember where that term comes from), I don't worship at an Obama altar, and I dont' think he's perfect. But he is impressive.

    December 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. rm

    Poll for right wingers:

    Would you rather :

    1. Make a big deal about this dumb report

    2. Back up off Obama and have the ecomony fixed so we can have jobs, food and a some money in our pockets

    Please submit your answer by typing "1" or "2"
    (some of you losers are gonna pick "1" and that is a shame)

    December 23, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Bill Charlotte,NC

    The ONLY source for this "inappropriate witch hunt" was a desperate media seeking a story where there was none. And they wonder why their "approval rating" is lower than Bush's.

    December 23, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Obbjective thinking There are plenty of liars out there who haven't spent the last eight years lying to you, distroying your rights, decreasing the value of your home, killing your sons and daughters, gutting the treasury, making your country hated around the world, spying on you, raising your taxes, making gas $4 per gallon, leaving you underwater when the leavy breaks, etc…

    Your logic is horrible. Using your logic, you should believe everything a used car salesman, a lawyer, or a common thief tells you, because he hasn't spent the last eight years lying to you, distroying your rights, decreasing the value of your home, killing your sons and daughters, gutting the treasury, making your country hated around the world, spying on you, raising your taxes, making gas $4 per gallon, leaving you underwater when the leavy breaks, etc…

    December 23, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. demwit

    Well then that settles it. No need to ask anymore questions...

    December 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Mari

    @ VIRGINIA..... WHY NOT? Has Biden lied to us? No.




    December 23, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Obbjective thinking

    Fitz: That's the argument Bush used for his case to go to war against Saddam. "You should believe me because you don't know."

    December 23, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Rod

    I found this on

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008


    Urgent & True Bail Out

    1. Appraise all properties to their current values

    2. One million (1,000,000) at 1 or 2 % will be loaned to each citizen and taxpayer, regardless of income level. This could be in the form of a credit line to be used as necessity is demonstrated.

    3. Each recipient must:

    A. Negotiate all his debts

    B. Stay in the work force for at least five years.

    C. If changing employment, this must be done with reasonable notice and with simultaneous transfer, whether it is for entrepreneurial reasons or not.

    D. All monies must be spent in the U.S., except for rare circumstances where goods or labor required are not available in the U.S. No job outsourcing is allowed for jobs that may be completed by the U.S. labor force.

    4. The rest of the $700 billion stays in the government.

    This way, the commercial entities that are being bailed-out would not be facing the current crisis because all of their clients would be able to pay their debts, repay their loans, etc. This proposal for a bail out would be cheaper.

    Think about it, even President Bush admits that most people have damaged credit. In the existing situation and under the current proposal, most people will not be able to successfully renegotiate their loans with banks, since bank ratings and overall standings are declining with each day.

    Granted, my plan may be called idealistic; however, I fear the prospect of America becoming like a Third World country, where economic coup d’etats are common. Rather, my plan is one that would provide a level of stabilization for the government, while at the same time, helping the common man and the average citizen through this difficult situation.
    Posted by BLOGGERSVIEWS at 3:36 PM 0 comments
    Labels: alternative solution to bailout, alternatives to bailout
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    December 23, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Diana Ewing NJ

    Most of the posters need to take exlax to get rid of the toxic load they carry around always spread crap around. if you makes you feel better they are guilty... of what?? you make it up

    December 23, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


    December 23, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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