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Last week the senate sent -- pack heat but this week democratic leaders will indeed swear in Rod Blagojevich -- -- to fill the vacant senate seat of Barack Obama.
Illinois senator designate Roland Burris joins me live this morning good morning to you senator -- Good morning thank you so much for sharing your time with us today.
I have to wonder what -- your first -- plans for business might be to send senator Dianne Feinstein some flowers.
-- -- talk what that senator Feinstein and she was very very supportive very encouraging.
And told me that she would certainly help me get orientated.
To the United States senate and I -- -- really appreciate.
The another phone call a normal sort of Feingold from Wisconsin made contact it express his support -- Let me know whatever I need to get to learn our -- from him -- -- -- -- -- yeah I'm very very honored that they would come forth in that fashion.
-- because senator Feinstein was the first to come forward and say that you should actually be -- and that's started the whole ball rolling.
Which leads me to my next question along with senator verse which is whether or not you have any hard feelings.
Against the Democrats that you will not be working with including.
President elect Barack Obama who just a week ago also said there was no way in -- that you should be the next senator from Illinois.
No they're not say that I should not be they what they said was that there you know the person -- appointed -- the -- should not.
Receded but after considering.
-- of the situation and of course looking at my background.
And looking at the circumstances.
-- state legislature did not call for a special election.
The governor says he -- going to resign so we didn't want Illinois to be caught up.
In -- situation as difficult as times are now with only one senator so be fair to the state to have someone who.
Can learn the procedures and rules and hit the ground running with issues that we will be facing.
So I think that that kind of played into their decision that there's -- things involved -- saw that you know I wasn't legal appointment that I was prepared and ready willing and able to go.
Right part of that evolution was -- meeting that you had with Harry Reid.
And a lot of people speculate -- -- -- a lot of people speculated sir that he would try to.
-- fortunate to some sort of a deal for example that you would only sit in the seat until 2010.
Did any sort of deal making options come up for you.
None whatsoever senator Durbin and and senator because I knew senator Durbin we go back -- for years.
But I met children every for the first time would we hit it right off.
As a matter of fact we've got to talk -- out.
A friend mutual friend and we have -- -- -- he said he got a phone call from the former attorney general Las Vegas and -- and I hit that she is following a good word for me that was.
Frank is so they'll pop up we serve as attorneys general together and so it we knew we had a great warm.
Exchange of families and stories and experiences so it was a very warm -- Let me ask you this senator Burris.
Do you think it was wrong for -- to be invoked into this entire decision making process.
Well in it in terms of race and my.
Whole career I have never invoked race into any -- and I've been.
Elected four times in my state I don't know I was the first black elected through constitutional office in the state of Illinois.
And never -- ever injected race.
Any type of campaign I did -- my merits and some individuals certainly can and take that position where you.
You must someday and understand that some did and that was unfortunate deaths and before folks aren't a lot of time if -- in the state house right now -- in Illinois.
Would you vote to impeach Blagojevich the man who appointed you.
That's a hypothetical and I don't start don't respond -- hypotheticals I think what the house did was -- their constitutional duty and responsibility.
And they saw that what the governor -- and -- I said.
You would not take a stand today on whether or not you would vote to impeach Blagojevich.
That and -- -- -- I am not in that position that is not my prerogative you comment on that.
-- in the house members did their particular position and that I say that that I support their decision.
All right senator designate.
Roland Burris we appreciate your time this morning it looks like you're gonna be sworn in later on this week congratulations to you.
Thank you so much thank you but today's most important debate which -- -- the first family elect.
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