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As Tracy mentioned -- -- less than an hour the man appointed to fill president elect Obama's senate seat will hold a news conference will then get on a plane to Washington.
Senate leaders say they won't seat Roland Burris because he was appointed by governor Rod Blagojevich.
The governor as you probably know by now is accused of trying to sell that very senate seat to the highest bidder.
Here's what Roland Burris told supporters at a church in Chicago last night take a left.
I am and now.
Some people may want a question that indeed democratic leaders in the senate has -- the appointment is tainted on Meet the Press majority leader Harry Reid -- the senate will decide whether Burris gets -- -- We determine who sits in the senate and did the house determines who sits in the house so there's clearly.
Legal authority for us to do whatever we want this goes back for generations.
Our next guest is the secretary of state in the state of Illinois Jesse White heat is refusing to certify -- -- He needs the certification to enter the senate.
Secretary -- good to see you why not certify him is he not qualify.
Well he's a dear friend of mine have -- for -- could have time.
He hasn't -- local credentials.
But when the -- governor was arrested on to some of the night.
All of the constitutional officers along -- -- Burson congressman Bobby Rush.
All agreed that we would not.
Honor in the appointment.
Put forth by the governor of the state of Illinois.
This Tillman had just gotten out of jail he's on bond.
He was arrested for federal -- corruption charges he's in the -- of being impeached and indicted so.
I -- I'm on record -- saying that I wouldn't accept an appointment put forth by the governor of the state of Illinois.
Just a play devil's advocate secretary why the governor though has not been impeached at this point he has not been indicted is -- some presumption of innocence here.
There's a presumption is a presumption of innocence but the bottom line is if there where there's smoke there's fire.
And I know in the jungle -- alone could have time I have a problem with him and especially making -- appointment.
How do you expect this to go down tomorrow when Roland Burris arrives at the doors to the senate if he does not have the papers signed by you that he needs.
And true to my word I say that -- -- -- -- -- to a document but what by the governor.
I wish -- burst of -- the best.
But I -- to be true to my word.
I indicated that wouldn't that some support and effort put forth by the governor.
And I am pretty strong on that issue -- -- Illinois Supreme Court is taking this up this issue could they force you actually sign that things are.
Without a doubt -- they present we had not been indicated I am required to.
Expressing -- to the document I will right now and law by signature is not necessary.
Is that required.
Secretary what I want to ask you a question.
-- -- -- -- African American politicians in Illinois congressman Bobby Rush being one of them have brought race -- to this issue.
You know all these players very well having been in politics for so long and that state I -- -- read a quote here from Clarence Page -- well known columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
He says Bobby -- compared plans by senate Democrats to block Roland Burris to white governors in the Jim Crow south who blocked the desegregation of public schools and colleges.
Never had images from the battle days of like bigotry -- so breathtaking reload breathtakingly inappropriate.
Especially when they come so soon after the election of the nation's first black president.
Well first of all.
Was when the first to indicate that he did not think that the appointment.
-- -- record rates.
Should go forward.
When Barack Obama was running for.
The senate seat back in 2004.
-- you -- supported.
Oh plate against him so when you yell and scream about.
We needing more after Americans in the senate.
Love that if we had listened to him block a bottle would not have been our senator.
Just see what is the Illinois.
Go ahead right.
Well you know I believe in diversity and have Pat Quinn happens to become the -- -- -- Rod Blagojevich and -- verses they were to come across my desk indicating that the governor.
Isn't supported him that I would be the first assignment.
To see what is the S secretary of state in Illinois.
Thank you mr.
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