January 25, 2009

COMMENTS From Larry's Interview with Gov. Blagojevich

Posted: 08:05 PM ET

On tonight's LKL:  Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich!  It's a primetime, exclusive as Blagojevich sits down with Larry King on the day his impeachment trial begins!  And, he's taking your phone calls!

blagojevich3 We want to hear from you! COMMENT HERE and tune in to Larry's live program, 9 p.m., ET.  We just may use your comment on the air!   So sound off!

We'll be live-blogging during the interview and giving you a  behind-the-scenes report on what's happening FROM THE STUDIO with Larry and Blagojevich!  Listen for Larry to use your comment on the air!

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Paula   January 25th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

If Burris was the right choice, why did you wait so long to nominate him for Obama's empty seat?

della   January 25th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

It is very difficult to agree with Joy . She is just like the people at the inaugaration that booed Pres. Bush. PLEASE... can you just say you don't agree with his policies instead of feeding into this nastiness,.

della   January 25th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Joy says Rush Limbaugh should be patriotic and not say awful things. Come on Joy do you have to be so hypocritical? You are laughable!

Vicki Vasques   January 25th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Please tell Joy that all Republican women are NOT blond with skirts up to here... Have her interview Leslie Sanchez, a smart, brunette, who can give the ladies on the View a different view of republican women!!! Come on Joy, let's quit stereo typing!!!

Joel Richter Homewood, IL   January 25th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

OMG where do I begin I can't wait till he is on your program tomorrow night Larry. As a Illinoisan I have so many questions for him, it will be interesting to see how he answers to them. I feel he has let the entire state down. I voted for this man in the first election and then voted for someone else in the last one. He has stalled the state as well as the people that really need his help. He has made it so impossible for the government to get anything done and yet he goes on talking all this unbelievable nonsense. It just blows the mind. There are a few things I do agree on with the Governor as in the impeachment not being fair, however I think given the circumstances he should have taken a look back and should have said enough already and left quietly and focused on his upcoming indictment and trial. There are so many things that need to be said, like WHY??? Anyway that is my opinion and I can't wait to watch and maybe even call in tomorrow night.


Brad   January 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Question for your guest: Since this is Larry King liberal hour,why were things relatively OK until we elected a dem Congress in '06.Things went downhill after that

della   January 25th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Larry King, Do you really hear the things you are asking Joy? Do you really think she has a clue? My God! Listen to her ridiculous statements. The View is political? Do you really think she has something worthwhile to say? She is absolutely a blowhard. I am offended that you ask her political questions and we are supposed to think she is an authority! I am sorry, but I could try to weigh the things she says but she does not have an open mind. She also seems very bitter. What is that all about?
Can you tell me why my comments will never make it on air or to Joy?

stuart c petersen   January 25th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I sure wish that you could get on a non democratic-real station-so that some truth could be found in your interviews.I do pray[sorry CNN]that Obama,is a good/great president but-please-The only time He's going to walk on water is when,it's under 32 degrees.–

mary & dom from ct   January 26th, 2009 12:33 am ET

we like Joy B, Larry,,when will she be hosting your show ? we need to laugh....if she's rude we'll contact her @ the "view" ...

Kari   January 26th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Joy is just as annoying and insulting as Anne Coulter.

Nanci Sweeney   January 26th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Re: Joy Behart....I just wanted to comment on how fabulous she looked on the show! I love her humor but could hardly hear what she was saying for wondering what she is doing to keep herself up so
beautifully! Yea for us "more mature" women!

Gina   January 26th, 2009 1:18 am ET

Just watching Joy Behar on your show, i can't help but comment – PLEASE TELL HER THAT REGARDING HER COMMENT THAT SHE LIKES HILLARY CLINTON BECUASE SHE IS "IN REALITY", and she's tired of those who are "delusional and crazy" (she mentions Republicans in this same breath such as Condoleeza Rice and Sarah Palin)...uh, well i am an INDEPENDENT/LIBERTARIAN – not LEFT (DEMS), NOT RIGHT (REPUBLICAN)....and so please tell her that every individual lives within his/her own "PERCEPTION" of "WHAT REALITY IS TO THEM", based on their unique perception......because we all perceive in our OWN way. depending on how we "reason" things that enter our eyes and our ears – WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DO THIS "INDIVIDUALLY" JOY!..and so, who the hell ever proclaimed Joy Behar as the POSTER WOMAN for ASSESSING WHAT "REALITY" is? TO MANYYYYY, SHE IS A MEAN<SARCASTIC – loud mouth UBERFEMINIST- LIKEN HER TO BELLA ABZUG – EWWW, N WOULD BE BETTER AS A COMEDIENNE (SHE IS JUST LIKE JOAN RIVERS-BUT AT LEAST JOAN RIVERS DOES N SAYS THINGS FROM A COMEDIENNE'S PODIUM)...this woman is all one way...and very meanspirited toward anyone and everyone SHE DECIDES is not in "reality according to Joy"......MOST PEOPLE WONDER HOW JOY BEHAR EVER GOT INTO A POSITION OF "CELEBRITY' AT ALL......she's just a random, really mean lady, who throws VERBAL DAGGERS at anyone she's not cowtowing to......LOTS OF US THINK SHE IS BEING "PAID TO SPREAD HER DELUSIONAL AND ANTI-AMERICAN RANTS, on TV DAILY.......MEAN LADY – YES, AND THIS IS "MY REALITY JOY".......but to you i am surely one of the DELUSIONAL CRAZIES......yes of course......SAD to have seen you on such a great show.....why not try to see "ALL POINTS OF VIEW", OF "ALL PEOPLE", and have a little RESPECT FOR PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR POLITICAL AFFILIATION..YOU ARE SO CLEARLY "ALL-LEFT BRAINED".....and THAT, MY FRIEND, IS UNBALANCED......."THE VIEW" is JUST 4 WOMEN'S "VIEW"......START A SHOW CALLED "ALL POINTS OF VIEW" – THATS REAL..YOUR SHOW IS "REALITY ACCORDING TO 4 WOMEN"...PLEEEZ

Prince   January 26th, 2009 5:05 am ET

can a governor sell a senators seat or people vote to sell the senate seat

I. Kate   January 26th, 2009 6:43 am ET

What planet does Joy Behar live on? She'd sleep with the US Air pilot hero "if she wasn't getting married"? In her dreams, even laughable, but still disgusting. The rest of your conversation with her was offensive. You were like two schoolyard bullies vilifying the class nerds. Obama won. Please get over bashing Bush and Cheney and talk about something interesting. Sneering at Cheney because he was in a wheelchair? Vulgar beyond belief, expected of her, but not of you.
As for her not being invited to the Inauguration....... such arrogance.Her "skills" are a loud voice, a bottomless well of venom and an endless supply of vulgar putdowns of people who cannot answer back. Her appearance on your show does you no credit.

Dr. Jabbles   January 26th, 2009 6:59 am ET


DeeCee   January 26th, 2009 7:26 am ET

Many beautiful women of all ages have long, blond hair, including Elisabeth on The View and many Fox reporters. They are not all Republicans. Joy Behar does not have blond hair and her face reflects her personality. She would like us to think that blonds are stereotypically dumb. Sorry Joy. Elisabeth is smarter and prettier than the rest of you. Many of the Fox females are lawyers. Very bright. Very pretty. Rational, nice people who do not spend their lives saying mean things about people who disagree with them, which, unfortunately, has become characteristic of Democratic women, like yourself, since Bush was elected.

Dee   January 26th, 2009 7:33 am ET

Many beautiful women of all ages have long, blond hair, including Elisabeth on The View and many Fox reporters. They are not all Republicans. Joy Behar does not have blond hair and her face reflects her personality. She would like us to think that blonds are stereotypically dumb. Sorry Joy. Elisabeth is smarter and prettier than the rest of you. Many of the Fox females are lawyers. Very bright. Very pretty. Rational, nice people who do not spend their lives saying mean things about people who disagree with them, which, unfortunately, has become characteristic of Democratic women, like yourself, since Bush was elected. Dee.

merolo sebello   January 26th, 2009 8:03 am ET just new here,,,,i really want to say that i really like the OBAMA administration,im from TAGUIG here in PHILIPPINES,I IDOLIZED BARRACK OBAMA a lot,he is very popular in my country,i know hes the right leader of USA.The biggest mistake of american people did is when they choose George W. Bush as they leader....that really stupid...really....

merolo sebello   January 26th, 2009 8:05 am ET


DeeAnn   January 26th, 2009 8:16 am ET

You laugh at Joy Behar...she is a mean-spirited hater and you still will allow her to host your show? I was disappointed in you when you allowed that woman to laugh about VP Chaney being a wheelchair at the inaugural with out you showing any kind of disdain. I think you "show folk" are all off the mark...normal people do not agree with either of you.

DEBRA BAXTON   January 26th, 2009 8:33 am ET


Yves in Ontario   January 26th, 2009 9:12 am ET

Mr Blagojevich could use all the help he can get to support his bold approach to fighting his impeachment. Would the Governor submit to a psychiatric evaluation in order to silence his critics who claim that the man is totally out of his mind?
Has the Governor been offered a book deal yet? Marvel Comic Books might be missing the boat!

Shankerprasad S Bhatt M.Com fron India Now in USA   January 26th, 2009 10:34 am ET

This is very imporatant channel that an individual can give his or her opinion
Regrading the impeachment proceedings,every opportunity be given to place defence and his r her witnesses before the impeachment committee.
This is the consrtitutional right.I am sure the committee will surely follow this procedure.
I have noticed in India that even murder is dne then the murderer is given all chances for his defence.
Thanks for giving me an opportunity to express my view points
Truly yours

Shankerprasad S Bhatt M.Com
writer Book Reviewer Retired officer
Social worker correspndent
North Brrok Ill 60062

Lisa Johnston   January 26th, 2009 10:38 am ET

How does the Governor feel justified in taking his paycheck from the taxpayers of Illinois while he is parading around for the national media? As a concerned citizen of Illinois, I am sickened by the Governor's actions. He has not done right by the Illinois taxpayers. State parks have had to close, hospitals are not receiving timely reimbursements, education funding has been limited, state workers have had to wait for their paychecks because the state was operating without an approved budget. We need real leadership! We need a Governor who will LIVE and WORK in Springfield, the capital of our great state. He has chosen to do neither. Blagojevich needs to step aside so those who truly want to help our state can get to work. The media needs to stop pandering to Blagojevich and simply wish him good riddance.

Jon Miller   January 26th, 2009 10:40 am ET

In reguads to our current governor of Illinois and him not taking responsibility for his action. As a member of the people of Illinois which he repeatedly mentions, we are not being represented well by him. These impeachment rules were mapped out using the most resent impeachment rules from President Clinton's impeachment. We the people of Illinois cannot condon the actions of the Govenor when he repeatedly does not follow these impeachment rules. He missed deadlines time and time again for submitting his testimony, witnesses, and statements. I'm very disappointed in our Governor and would ask him to step down and not make a mockery of our great state and our values in Illinois.

Geri Stamm   January 26th, 2009 10:54 am ET

Dear Sir:
My question is: How can you disgrace the Illinois people and the government by saying the tapes are wrong? You do not have the people's trust anymore.
Thank you

John   January 26th, 2009 10:59 am ET

He'll try to con you, Larry, just as he's has spent all of his time as governor trying to con the citizens of Illinois.

John A.   January 26th, 2009 11:21 am ET

I am Soooo disappointed that this embarrassment of a human being is being given his 15 minutes of fame on your show. By boycotting his impeachment trial to go on the talk show circuit, he is pretty much acknowledging his guilt and is simply positioning himself for his book and movie deal. The arrogance is astonishing, even by the very low bar set by other corrupt politicians.

maria   January 26th, 2009 11:26 am ET

Please stop having Joy Bahar on your show as a guest and please never have her host the show. She is just not qualified to be asking questions of any substance.
Her jokes are stale and not funny.
She only insults people. This is not comedy in my opinion. She is rude and needs a makeover. When she says "lipstick on a pig" she is the one who looks like the pig wearing the lipstick. She needs to stop wearing lycra clothing. Lycra is not her friend.

Paula from Illinois   January 26th, 2009 11:44 am ET

So the Govenor does not get it!! He is not being judged by the conversations and good deeds he has done. He is being judged by the corrupt conversations and deeds that were NOT appropriate! I am sad that he has turned this into a circus, take responsibility for your actions and get OFF THE STAGE!!!!

Jana   January 26th, 2009 12:12 pm ET

Gov Blagojevich Should be sitting in prison instead of sitting high & mighty in the Governors mansion is Springfield!

Gopal Basaula   January 26th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

Governor Mr Rod Blagojevich is 100% innocent and this impeachment is politically motivated by powerful ill power to disstabilize the rules of law. this is the satire on the public service one who is devoted for the society and american soil. this is like a hypocract's drama against him. ultimately he will win the public support and he should be honoured. His sacrifice and patrictic devotion for the public service is known to every americans that he is powerful and confidence for the every actions he is taking.

Sandra Grubb   January 26th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

Blago is a blight on Illinois. The State of Illinois didn't elect him. Select counties such as Cook, Peoria East St Louis and Rockford.

Oletha   January 26th, 2009 12:38 pm ET

Dear Larry King,

I feel that it important what Gov. Blagojevich is doing just as I did when I appeared with him on national T.V. a couple of weeks ago to show my support for the Governor. The message he is trying to convey is that you don't rush to judgement and it would be a waste of time for him to show up at his impeacment trial we all know the outcome. I would not want a group of people that have openly said that they dislike me and want me out of office to serve as my judge or jury. Where in America is that fair rather it be criminal or a political trial? What ever happen to innocent until proven guilty? Peolpe have seem to forgotten these simple moral principles. The senate to be exact has taken a back seat to those moral principles. These senators have a personal dislike of Gov. Blagojevich and have went on record stating exactly that. So how could he be given a fair trial? Should he be thrown out of office for that no I don't think so or the fact that he has hepled millions of Illinoisans for which I am one. I am not the only Illinoisan that feels that way. The senate doesn't represent the people of Illinois but rather themselves.

Sandra L. Reed-Mansfield Ohio   January 26th, 2009 12:47 pm ET

Larry, I'll be watching with interest your show tonight with Gov. Blagojevich. I think he may be getting a raw deal by his political enemies in Illinois and their co-horts in the federal government. It's a good idea to bring the situation to the people. The transparency is welcomed after the 8 years under the Bush Administration and especially since hearing so much from the media about Illinois's inherent corruption reputation. With the nation watching maybe there will be at least a simulate of justice that will afford us an insight into the accusations. My question to Gov. Blagojevich is:

Can you tell us who is behind this attack on you and why? Name names please.

Rick Ellet   January 26th, 2009 12:47 pm ET

From what I've seen on this guy, you may have to water board him to get him to answer any incriminating direct questions. I 'll bet all he'll do is make his holier than thou political speech about how the world is cricifying him. I'm an Illinois citizen and even though we deserve answers, good luck getting any from him!

Simon J.   January 26th, 2009 12:49 pm ET

I bet a $100 that when asked about tapes, Mr. Blagojevich will say that somebody had asked him to donate his halloween costume while he was going to sell it on ebay. And on those tapes he can be heard discussing exactly that. But his words were taken out of context.

I am ded serious about my bet. D-E-D! Ded sreious. Anyone?

joanne from Sudbury ontario canada   January 26th, 2009 12:51 pm ET

Larry why would you give this lunatic any air time...?

Judy   January 26th, 2009 1:01 pm ET

Why don't Gov. Blagoyevich find out what they have against him first ,its going to be one sided he just don't want to face anything . Why didn't he think of what he would put his family through when he was making deals. Our counrty is so angery,this guy is running around trying to get people to feel sorry for him !!!! and people like Madoff gets to stay in his own home in comfort while others have lost everything and are trying to sell there homes .Where is the justice ,probably the judge is ouned by Madoff ,Our country has gone nuts I have no confidence in it anymore ,its coming RICH & POOR no more middle class . Thanks for listening to me !

Robert   January 26th, 2009 1:11 pm ET

Why do you and other media outlets even give this yutz the time of day? Obviously for ratings. This governor is a crook and everyone knows it and he still claims he is a victim! You in the media are the ones falling for his scam! I'm not even going to waste time watching this nut.

Lucifer   January 26th, 2009 1:11 pm ET

If Rod Blagojevich skips trial, he should go to jail just like everyone else.

Carol Rockford Illinois   January 26th, 2009 1:15 pm ET

I would love to either ask my home state Gov. R. Blagojevich or have Larry King ask him the following question; The Illinois governor continues to say that "the people of Illinois elected me and I will continue to serve the people who elected me". WHAT ever gives this governor the idea that, even though he was elected a few years ago that we still want him and his crooked Chicago politics anymore? We are contacting our elected officials in Springfield and these elected officials are now doing what the "people" are telling them to do – good bye, governor.

Paul Graff   January 26th, 2009 2:04 pm ET

I have to say that Gov. B's denials are like a husband, being caught by his wife, in bed with another woman, believes that a line like "Honey, I can explain everything..." actually has a chance of being taken by his wife as a plausible chance for exoneration.

Let the tapes tell the story.

Pat Ruddy   January 26th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

If the governor is so concerned about the state of IL., why did he refuse to live in the state capital of Springfield and make the taxpayers pay for him to fly back and forth from Chicago to Springfield? He speaks out of both sides of his mouth.

Nicole   January 26th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

Mr. Blagojevich,
How can you claim that you "can't get a fair hearing in Illinois" because of "rules that are fixed, that don't allow [you] as a governor the right to be able to bring in witnesses to prove that I've done nothing wrong"?
The U.S. attorney has asked senators to bar testimony from anyone federal prosecutors say would jeopardize the criminal corruption trial against the governor, and you and the impeachment trial prosecutor have the same limitations. He was able to find witnesses, why weren't you? You ignored all deadlines for proposing witnesses or introducing evidence. You also ignored the opportunity to comment on proposed Senate rules or challenge them after they were adopted. If you are not getting a fair trial, it is no one's fault but your own.

Joe G. (From Illinois)   January 26th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

One of the first things Obama did post inauguration is to go full blast on Lobbing (ETHICS.) And just a day later or less the 24 hours later “Really” he voided/waived his own “Whatever”... But people are still clinching on Blagojevich? With that as just one example.. How can one with a clean conscious really explain all that without admitting to be fully and intentionally supporting dirt? ETHICS SHOULD BE ABOUT ETHICS, AND NOT ABOUT GOING FOR WHAT IS MORE CONVENIENT AND PROFITABLE ON THE MOMENT. The American Cow Boy Style of politics needs to get real.. It needs to learn to adapt in this world that has long ago grown global. And for that it will need to touch bottom. Obama in my opinion in many will do just that.

Georgia Isaac   January 26th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

Dear Larry,
I am from Central Illinois, 50 miles from the real Capital of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois, which is really not Chicago. I have never heard any national news media ask anyone but someone from Chicago what the feelings are for our Blagojevich.

He said on the View and Morning talk shows that he is being punished for tax purposes. Could someone please ask him about his blatant disregard for downstate, from not choosing to live in the Govenors mansion, to the closing of Pontiac prison, which will cripple the economy of Pontiac, Illinois. Why he chose the State Parks such as Weldon Springs and Moraine View State Park, Historical David Davis mansion.? These are places Abraham Lincoln could have been in, has he ever set foot in any of them?

I would love to ruffle more than just his hair, the way Joy did this morning.

Georgia from the LAND OF LINCOLN

Jonathan Weizmann   January 26th, 2009 2:42 pm ET


I cannot believe you have given the opportunity to a political figure, who has clearly violated the right to represent his people justly, to create an audience for himself. You along with the rest of mainstream media have now finally unveiled its true color. You have now become an arm for the government where corrupt political figures are in control of the media such as yourself. Wake up America, the mainstream media is now on the payroll ranging from Senator Rangel to Senator Barney to Blagojevich. Tune in next week to see the SEC and the government really answer the tough questions to where the TARP money is. Ask the real tough questions Larry.

Jonathan Weizmann

Tricia   January 26th, 2009 2:59 pm ET

As a citizen from the state of Illinois who voted for this Governor, I would like to see him impeached now. I believe that he is wasting tax payers dollars. Governor Rod Blagojevich has wasted thousands of dollars in travel because he would not live in the Governor Mansion in Springfield instead he lived in Chicago and spends $6500 a day in transportation. This Governor had also raised taxes on businesses so much that the surrounding states have Thanked him for getting the businesses in their state.
The current legal issue he is in is just the icing on the cake.
I have talked to my Senator Tim Bivin's office been told that Governor Blagojevich has not met the deadlines that the Senate has imposed on the Impeachment Trial.
Please to ALL ILLINOIS People lets get this Governor out and try to fix our State and rebuild trust in Government.

Ruann Keller   January 26th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

Question for the Govenor–As a taxpayer in Illinois I am a little
confused about the Governor's sudden concern about saving the
taxpayer's money as throughout both of his terms he has refused
to live in the Governor's Mansion in the capital of Springfield costing
the State of Illinois hundreds of thousands of dollars to transport
him back and forth to Chicago.

Kathleen   January 26th, 2009 3:01 pm ET

I think with what little diginty and self resect this man has, he should step down and go find another job.......

He blew it, fess up and smell the coffee....

Lisa Smith   January 26th, 2009 3:03 pm ET

Dear Gov. Rod Blagojevich , My Prayers have been going up for you All day. I saw you this morning on Good Morning America. I heard you and feel sorry for you. Keep your head up & stay prayed up! God is with You I'll continue to pray...

Jane   January 26th, 2009 3:07 pm ET

Governor, How can you live with yourself, knowing that your trips in the state owned plane cost millions and you took the jobs of 19 dedicated employees to "save" $2 million dollars? How can you justify closing state parks and historic sites to save practically nothing, even after you were shown that those very sites generated more tourism dollars for their communities than they cost? How can you justify throwing away millions on flu vaccine you knew was bad? How can you justify not being in Springfield when the General Assembly was in session? You are simply incompetent and you need to resign!

Frank Leighton   January 26th, 2009 3:27 pm ET

Governor, Why do you think your case is politically driven, and by whom, and if you are impeached, who will benefit from it?

Thank you.

Gloria Gillick   January 26th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

My boss is blind and lives in Illinois. He has had multiple conversations with the Gov's office and has been repeatedly ignored by hot Rod. His name is John Gordon and he represents people with disabilities in Illinois. He would like to call in live on Larry's show. Do You Have a Number that he can try to dial in on? A couple of years ago John walked from Chicago all the way to Springfield Illinois to protest the Gov's contempt for blind people.
Thank you,

Bruce Shafer   January 26th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

Did the Governor use the State of Illinois plane to fly to New York, or did he fly coach?

Did he take a vacation day, or is he on the state's time.

Will the governor be paid to be on your show?

Janet Sublett   January 26th, 2009 3:32 pm ET

As a lifelong citizen of the state of Illinois, our current governor embarrasses me and when he says he is representing the people of Illinois, please tell him that he doesn't represent me and hasn't for quite a few years.

Terri Peters   January 26th, 2009 3:32 pm ET

As a citizen of IL I take offense when Rod Blagojevich repeatedly says “The citizens of IL elected me” Yes, we did and now we are speaking up again, we no longer wish to have you as our Governor. You have shamed us and embarrassed us during the time we allowed you to be our Governor. As part of your “defense” you have claimed you are the victim of political enemies who want to raise taxes in Illinois. To be quite honest, if this is even true; this boils down to the citizens of IL will PAY to be rid of you and I’m quite sure many of us will gladly see an increase of taxes in our state a very small price to pay to see that justice is done.

Go ahead and keep your “defense” and public humiliation in New York, no one in IL cares enough at this point to give you a stage.

Terri Peters

Simon J.   January 26th, 2009 3:35 pm ET

Dear Gov. Blagojevich, please tell them all that you were discussing the sale of your Halloween costume. This is very important to me. I have already 11 bets ($100 each) – that's $1100 !. And I expect about 24 more bets by 4pm. $3500 in total!!!. That's ... golden. Certainly I am going to share it with you.
PS. please desroy this note. Nobody should see it!

Kate   January 26th, 2009 3:38 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Please ask Gov. Blagojevich is currently on a vacation day? Also if he was last Tuesday when he was in Lake Geneva, WI at his father-in-law's house. Not only does he spend excess Illinois taxpayers money on a daily basis to not live in the mansion in the capital city of Springfield, but instead of traveling back and forth; but he's constantly not at his office but holding press conferences and running around town when he should be working at his office at the capital.

Gov – it was your responsiblity to file the appropriate paperwork to call witnesses by the deadline and also to challenge any of the senate rules also by the deadline – but YOU choose not to, not the Illinois Senate.

I look forward to the day that Lt. Gov Quinn is appointed Governor of Illinois.

Thanks for your time Larry.

peter from san fran   January 26th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

I believe Joy B almost lost her life many yrs ago because of an ectopic sure she is grateful for her life now..what would make it complete would be making her a grandmother...hope it's soon !...

sam   January 26th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

The office of the Governor in Illinois is like a diaper, It needs to be changed often and for the same reason.

Jane Clark   January 26th, 2009 3:45 pm ET

Hey Larry,

I'm taking the high road. That said, I plan to remember Blagojevich for ensuring health insurance for all the children in Illinois & for passing the smoking ban.

To Mr Blajoevich, What legacy does he believe he will have?

Julie   January 26th, 2009 3:53 pm ET

Current approval ratings for the Governor are in the 7-8% range. It is obvious that the VAST majority of this state no longer wants him to represent us. We voted for our representatives and senators. We picked them to be our voice in state government and to protect our interests. Obviously the voice of the people is saying we want the Governor to be removed from office. Our representatives are doing the job we selected them to do.

Gloria   January 26th, 2009 4:01 pm ET

As a citizen of Illinois I have listened/watched people try to communicate with our Govoner to the point that they were all but kicking and screaming for his attention. Isn't is ironic now that he appears to have some troubles, he is in fact doing the same thing in the media. I hope he falls on deff ears just like he has done to some of us in the past.

Janis   January 26th, 2009 4:05 pm ET

Rod Blagojevich is not acting like an innocent man. He is an embarrasment to Governor's office and should resign with whatever dignity his has left.

His behavior is similar to OK Simpson – He keeps challenging the law and is not going win.

Angie   January 26th, 2009 4:07 pm ET

As a resident of Southern Illinois, I would like to say that 12 million people did NOT vote him into office! Maybe some of those in the Chicago area did because that's where all the money stays – get it. Our state is having major financial problems and this so called Governor is spending more time with the media. Why???? Because he CAN'T do his job anymore!!! He has no respect and is looked at as a joke. I don't know anyone who takes him seriously or stands by him. Step down Govenor!

Atorius   January 26th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

I have seen whats has happened to the Illinois state goverment lately ...and must say it is absurd and an outrage.

it is very disconcerting that the people of Illinois actually elected
this person to be governor .. i mean i don't know the guy but he seem very arrogant in thinking that he can escape the unescapeable truth of trying and conspiring to sell a senate seat .

for the benefit of himself and his cronies was he that serious?

He is an arrogant insult to the whole political system of his state and the nation !

He has the audacity to show up on national television to show his
innocence . is he that serious?..........i mean c'mon the guy just got impeached !

he is a disgrace to the very office he occupied therefore he should
and must step down weather he likes it or not ..!

Leroy   January 26th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

That stunt by Geraldo only confirms what I think of him and Fox "News." I'm looking forward to a real interview tonight.

William Hicks   January 26th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

Dear Larry,

The appearance of Governor Blagojevich on your show is not surprising, but to the citizens of Illinois, it is a profound embarrassment. We have had more than our share of corrupt public officials, but Blagojevich takes the prize as the most self-serving, manipulative, and sociopathic.

Please don't coddle this guy or throw him softballs. He deserves to be grilled thoroughly (preferably with hot sauce). Anything less will be a disservice to the good people of Illinois.

Larry Lawson   January 26th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

What was the method of transportation the Govenor used to travel from Illinois to appea on the televisions shows? State of Illinois Jet? Will Illinois also pich up the tab for food and lodging while away from his office?

PEG   January 26th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

is this governer in loser denial! they have you on tape but you say you did not do it, how can that me is there someone else in the state of ill that sounds like you? you boycotting your impeachment trial is really being a professional politican! that tells me you are scared and cant face up to what you have done! let someone else run the great state of ill who is not a liar!!!!!

Ethel   January 26th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

Oh, everyone, get over it, already. All politicians are rotten, Blagojevich just got caught! The "good ole boys," are everywhere, they're everywhere!!! You scratch my back, I'll caress your's. And the current idol is no different. If you give me what I want.....everything will be hunky-dory. If not I'll veto whatever crosses my desk, that I don't like. Same ole, same ole.

Janet Rudd   January 26th, 2009 5:16 pm ET

Rob Blagovich has been railroaded by a few powerful people of deception both in the Illinois Senate and by the Attorney General Fritgerald.

I worked for both the US Chamber and the Federation of Independent businesses as a membership director in Illinois. These organizations were desperate to get rid of this governor from the beginnning of his administration. Why? Because he began working for the people of IL. He started his administration closing the huge CORPORATE WELFARE LOOPHOLES. I was in Peoria IL ,Caterpillar was one of the welfare queens for both Federal and state funding. When he tried to pass his gross receipt tax; to ensure healthcare for the people of IL that upset big business including the insurance industry interests. However, small business people saw through the lobbiest smoke screens...and so did I. The bottom line is Rob Blagojevich is working for the people and families of IL as well as the small business person.
I'm thrilled he is fighting for himself as hard as he fought for us.
When this is over I'd like a full invewtigation and to see the Il Senate/members charged with treason.

Janet Rudd Illinois Citizen.

Art Brooks   January 26th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

I would like to ask the Governor who paid for his trip to New York? Was it the Illinois Taxpayers?

JD   January 26th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

The people of IL want Blago to go away. He is a clown, a total joke and an embarrassment to our state. He is probably in NY and not Springfield, IL because he doesn't know where Spfld is ~ he rarely goes there and refuses to live in the Gov. mansion, which costs tax payers millions. He would call a special session of the legislature then fail or refuse to show up. He would rather go jogging than go to work and he has put our state in a financial mess. He needs to be with our former Gov. Ryan – behind bars. We need to move on and he needs to move out! Would you keep him in NY? Please???

MJ   January 26th, 2009 5:38 pm ET

As usual, the crooks are getting the press time. If the press would leave these losers alone, they would crawil into a hole and go away. They spend more time on television trying to convince us they did no wrong and comparing themselves to Martin Luther King and Ghandi?? He has some nerve and CNN has some nerve showing his face and voice on Larry King. He is not newsworthy, he belongs in the trash.

Michale Callahan   January 26th, 2009 6:33 pm ET

Blagojevich is a hypocrite. He is whining about his Constitutional rights. I am a retired Illinois State Police lieutenant who turned in two ISP commanders for corruption, under Blagojevich's administration the State ignored and covered up my criminal allegations. ( I was told by them a murder, where two innocent men were wrongfully imprisoned for life was too politically sensitive) I filed and won a Federal law suit in 2005 for the State violating my First Amendment rights. Blagojevich's office had the State appeal my case based on a Supreme Court ruling which shreds freedom of speech by government employees. He was quick to want to muzzle State employees turning in corruption, but now cries that his rights are being taken away. My case is now with the Supreme Court. God help us all if you live in this corrupt State.

Ted in Illinois   January 26th, 2009 6:35 pm ET

I live in Illinois. This is normal for Illinois politics. Larry, if you want to do a real investigative show, feature the Chicago Machine. Between Tony Rezko, Ed Vrdolyak, Gov. Blogojevich and Mayor Daily, it's like a huge episode of the Sopranos with kielbasa. There is not a single person in Illinois who did not think our Governor would end up in prison. The rest of America is shocked, but we are not. We're just embarassed that you see how we must live with these thugs.
Governor Blogojevich, our state as major economic problems and huge unemployment numbers, but our Senate and Legislature cannot do anything with this mess hanging over our heads. Please resign so we can fix the state's problems. You know it is over, just go on Oprah and cry to her–she loves fallen celebrities.

maureen   January 26th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

I'm wondering if Governor Blagojevich is planning on using campaign funds for his defense?

Vickie   January 26th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

I want to know why he just won't step down? Why not get it over with and let the people of Illinois feel relieved? No person in their right mind would believe him now. And anything he says can't be the truth.

maureen   January 26th, 2009 6:47 pm ET

Just wondering if Governor Blagojevich has read any of the transcripts from the Abscam trials? You know, the trials where the FBI was involved in a sting involving several politicians in the NY/New Jersey area? If you haven't, Governor, you might want to for some light night reading!!!!

tommy   January 26th, 2009 6:48 pm ET

Mr. Larry King,
Giving Mr. Blagojevich air time on a internationally viewed program so he can perpetuate his disillusion with the world, seems a waste of real energy. Perhaps he should be back in Illinois governing during such difficult times, and facing the people he has betrayed. Although he may not be able to find anymore pigeons to fleece.

Sandra   January 26th, 2009 6:49 pm ET

He has been my governor and I voted for him for his first term, feeling he was trustworthy and would work for all of Illinois. By the second term it was evident he was not working for Illinois, but his own personal gain. I noticed a few of the posters here from out of state who felt like he was not being given a fair deal and was being railroaded. Please know that this man is a con artist and works from every angle to only make gains for himself. Listen to his own words on those tapes. Pay attention to the real facts and be very glad that you are not a resident of Illinois. Our state has come to a complete standstill because he either cannot or will not due his duties as our governor. We can only go forward when he is impeached and out of office.

joshua mentzer   January 26th, 2009 6:58 pm ET

he knows he did it plain and simple.

Steve D   January 26th, 2009 7:01 pm ET

I don't quite understand the anger some folks here are showing towards The Larry King Show and other talk shows for having Gov. Blogo as a guest. The whole idea of these shows is to cover people and events in the news. Blogo is big news at the moment. Ok, we get don't like this guy. Does that also mean that if you're against the war in Iraq, or don't like Obama, or don't like what's happening with the economy, then news shows shouldn't cover it?

mary   January 26th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

I live in Illinois and what he the Gov. has done is bad, very bad.
I have been put on partime hours at work and the Gov. is trying to line his pockets. the Gov. has made a laughing stock out of Illinois. Lots of people need jobs and the gov. wants to line his pockets even more.
I hope they keep you out of political life for good.

D.R. in Chicaago burbs, Illinois   January 26th, 2009 7:25 pm ET

The Special Investigative Committee Report, dated 1/8/2009 (pp36-40), contains a lengthy discussion of the Governor's misuse of the Office relative to the illegal purchase of flu vaccine that eventually led to a loss of $2.6 million taxpayer dollars with nothing delivered for it. Governor, how did this serve the People of Illinois?

Yes Governor, I voted for you. But you clearly abused the Office I helped you get, and now I want you out. Learn what it's like to survive on unemployment and eat bologna every day.

Bridget-Illinois   January 26th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

#1. What happens if the governer is impeached and found not guilty at the criminal trial? Does he come back into office or does he sue the State?

#2. How is it possibly legal to wire tap ones home? Have the Madigans never vented or had personal conversations at home that might be offensive to someone/somewhere? Isnt this a personal vendetta against our governor because he acts for the people and not for the pockets of the house of reps?

Craig in Champaign, Illinois   January 26th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

I've watched most of Mr. Blagojevich's tv appearances and they are basically canned commentary with little substance. He refuses to answer any questions posed to him. In his Illinois press conferences, he used poetic and cinematic references with little to no value to substantiate his claim of innocence. The man is dilusional. Our state is frozen politically, nothing can happen. We have a huge budget deficit. It is time he step down so the state can function. If he really cared about his constituents, he would have resigned weeks ago. He has said that the 12 million people of Illinois voted him in twice. It was the 9 million people in Chicago Metro area, not the 3 million that live south of Interstate 80, and he certainly would not win a statewide election today. He is the first governor in our state that refused to live in the state capitol of Springfield where the House and Senate do the state's business. The current charges against Blagojevich are just the tip of the iceberg in his disservice to the people of Illinois and our Senate certainly should sieze this opportunity to rid our state of his corruption and lies.

Cindy   January 26th, 2009 7:33 pm ET

Why does Gov. Blagojevich not listen to the recommendatons of his “Commission on Government Forecast and Accountability”? He repeatedly goes against their recommendations. The Department of Corrections does NOT need a prison closed, it needs STAFFING!

Chuck in Springfield, Illinois   January 26th, 2009 7:37 pm ET

I expect that the great governor has already lined up his minions to call in showing their support, as Illinois citizens. That's his MO. The one thing I would like for the governor to explain wihout his usual doubletalk and lying, is his hypocrisy. 1) Refusing to uproot his own family to move to the Governor's Mansion in Springfield, while for political reasons deciding to uproot over 100 families of state workers centrally located in Springfield to remote southern Illinois; 2) flying a state financed airplane back and forth from Chicago to Springfield at an outrageous cost on a daily basis for short visits, while the state suffered a serious budget deficit; and 3) during his campaign and during his entire first term, continually blaming every problem in the State of Illinois on the lack of ethical behavior by his predecessor, continually telling the good people of Illinois that "it wouldn't be business as usual", then being one of the most corrupt governors in Illinois' history.

Bill   January 26th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

Larry, I do not whether Blagojevich is innocent or guilty. What I would like to see is the News Media require the government to give more than sound bites or selected portion of wire tap conversations to be use for reporting. The government agencies learned years ago they can use the News Media to convict a person to make up for their shortcomings of evidence. After 3 years intensive investigation I would think the govenor’s fate should be swift and complete and not require additional months of preparation for trial. If the government was not ready to indict and try Blagojevich they should not have held a press conference to utilize reporters to convict Blagojevich in the press. Logic would dictate to have continued the investigation and determine what other corrupt politicans were willing to pay for a Senate seat. You have to wonder "what was the rush after 3 years," I do not believe Blagojevich was planning to go anywhere or resign as Governor.

Teresa   January 26th, 2009 7:59 pm ET

well, I know I am not going to be popular and win the hate award from you but, I have something POSITIVE to say about our gov. here in Illinois. I was going through my second round of cancer and treatments during 2004. My little girl was a county fair little miss during that year. She attended public school here in Illinois. A very BAD public school. She was being sexually harrassed in first grade and there was nothing that the then principal or superintendant would do to stop these five boys from saying sexual things to her and threatening her with sexual violance and yes, it was by boys that were in her first grade class. We were not a wealthy family and she had to attend school there. My husband and I tried several times in several ways to put a stop to this happening to her and it fell on deaf ears and we were not the "popular" "in crowd" family there. My daughter got to meet the Gov and get her picture taken with the other representatives from 67 countys at the County Fair Day at the Illinois State Fair that year. Being desperate now, I know I had to approach our Gov and try to explain to him what was going on in our public school and plead with him to help us! Our daughters were told to step up to the Gov. and smile and get the picture taken and then exit. Do not detain or speak to him.........well, my little miss was the next to the last in line and our Gov., when he saw her, bent over to speak to her at her level and held her hand, this did not happen to any other little miss or queen. He talked to her for several minutes. Us mothers were roped off in a section that we could not get to him. We were not to be a breach of security. I found my was a breach of "mother" security for my little girl to speak to a stranger she didnt, with my husband protesting that I could get hurt or jailed.......under the tape and down the hill to question our Gov. on his converstation with my daughter. Needless to say, I was chased down the hill by his security. In the mean time, their picture was taken and the last one also and he was preparing to come up the hill. I shouted at him that I was the little girls mom that he had spoken to for so long and that she was getting sexually harrassed in first grade and surely you must remember her as I have sent letters to your office. He immediately stopped and told his security that he wanted me to approach him and wanted to hear what I had to say. I told him who I was and in short what was happening to my little girl at her public school in his state. He immediately told his top aide to give me his personal card and I was to call his office the next day and talk to him and tell him the whole story so he could help.......and, our Gov. came through on this one! He made his PROMISE good and followed through on my story and what was happening and sent the state police to the school. twice, because the first time I did not get satisfactory results. The principal and superintendant are now gone PRAISE GOD and I am SO APPRECIATIVE of what our Gov did for me and my family. How horrific to sit and get cancer treatments and not know if your child is safe and being taken care of in a proper way. He personally made sure that my daughter would be safe and followed up with me a few months later. I dont know if he remembers our family, he talked to my daughter about Lizzie McQuire (Hillary Duff) as his older daughter liked her and my daughter reminded him of her. We are SO GRATEFUL for what Gov. Blagojevich did for us! We are praying for you and your family and especially your children who have to hear so much ridicule and harshness about their father in the last few months. I know that there are people who would not be so hateful to the Obamas daughters father and they would be protected from this and I hope that your daughters do not hear all the hate being projected at their father. Those without sin, cast the first stone. I am not perfect and if you are a human being, you are not perfect either. We all make mistakes. There is good and bad in everyone. And, what our Gov is being accused of is something that has gone on for years and years by the good ole boys and our Gov. just caught linched and targeted because of his unpopularity and other Illinois officials not taking responsibility for their own actions. The gov. has also passed legislation near and dear to my heart about breast cancer, public school, ect........I could go on but, for time reasons, will not at this time.
I just wanted to let you know Gov that there are those out here in Illinois that are grateful to you for what you have done to us. It seems like we are in the minority around here on this blog but, I just had to tell you that we care and that there are those who do appreciate what you have done and even though I may not have agreed with you on every issue, I am a grateful mom for what you did for my daughters safety and so appreciate you sticking with your promise to me over it.
I pray that the truth does come out and I hope it comes out in favor for you and all involved that are getting snowballed by our state. thank you Larry for letting me say this tonight and I wish America peace and compassion and know in my heart that there is something that is not being said or brought up that would expose what needs to be exposed.
God Bless America and God Bless our Gov.

Vicki Day   January 26th, 2009 8:02 pm ET

Governor Blagojevich: If you have only had the interests of the people of Illinois at heart, then why have you been dead set on closing Pontiac Prison to save 3 million dollars when you could have closed Stateville to save 33 million? Is this just another of your political vendettas against Senator Rutherford since Pontiac is in his district and he was involved in the recall amendment that was stopped by your Senate majority leader buddy Emil Jones? Do you really have the interest of ALL the people of Illinois at heart? How deep does this corruption go?

Christina McVea   January 26th, 2009 8:02 pm ET

I am a proud Illinois citizen. I would welcome the chance to vote for Mr. Rod Blagojevich to be removed from office. I am ashamed of, not only him, but our legislators who have let pay to play politics dominate Illinois for years. The legislature is to blame for this as much as Blago. I am an outraged American with the meltdown of our economy and the citizens who feel they are entitled to millions of dollars for taking their companies to insolvency. Blago can claim all he wants the "good he has done" but the "proof of the pudding" is that his programs have taken Illinois to a place that can not be sustained. The programs he forced through, no matter how helpful they may be to people, do nothing for those people when the bills are not paid. He has NOT worked with the legislature. He, like the corporate CEOs ( and he is, unfortunately, Illinois' CEO) has been irresponsible with our money.

Mr. Blagojevich, you are delusionary. I agree with Rex W. Huppke's Tribune Voice article today in the Chicago Tribune. You are playing us for fools. I will not be fooled. Allow me to vote for your removal. I will vote for it. I will also become an activist to remove you and your kind of politics. I am truly tired of Illinois politics of the past.

I am more tired of you – your 5 minutes of fame are over – get off the stage. Chrisitna McVea

LPS   January 26th, 2009 8:02 pm ET

If the governor thinks this whole impeachment trial is political. How about the fact that the state closings of parks and prisons were all in districts of people who called for his impeachment previously due to that not the pot calling the kettle black...Please Governor resign as we in IL are done with corruption ....and we are feeling the economic crunch more than you ever will....

Steve D   January 26th, 2009 8:02 pm ET

I agree with Bill, and I believe the people of Illinois when they say that their state government has come to a standstill because of this scandel, and for that reason alone I think the governor should step down and get out of the way. If I had no other evidence to go on except what I've read and heard from the media, I would no doubt vote guilty myself. But let's remember that this guy hasn't been convicted of anything yet. Since he's been convicted by the media, he should have a chance to tell his side in the media as well.

Marvin   January 26th, 2009 8:04 pm ET

Gov: As a pharmacist I would like to know what happened to the 3 million doses of flu vaccine that you paid for from the state treasury for the people of Ilinois that were never used? Didn't they become outdated and given away?

Scott in Peoria, IL   January 26th, 2009 8:05 pm ET

I can hardly believe the arrogance of Gov. Blagojevich. To claim solidarity with Rev King and Gandhi is utterly laughable.

Governor, you are accused of vast levels of corruption, something that was never leveled at either man. You are accused of attempting to sell access to something you have sole discretion to appoint, flying in the face of fair play.

And, when there is a mountain of evidence against you, you leave the state, and cry how unfairly you are being treated. You whine that you aren't allowed to call any witnesses, when you have not so much as asked to call any.

Refusal to take part in the process does not make it unfair – it makes you a fool and a liar. I've long suspected you to be both – your raiding of state pension funds, your holding back state dollars for educations for schools south of I-80, and your gross favoritism when it comes to anything having to do with Chicago – but I had no idea you would openly display such cowardice and duplicity.

When you claim those profane quotes were taken out of context, why don't you provide some? Is it because you know that anything you say to mitigate the damage your foul mouth causes would be a lie? Could that be it?

If so, might I suggest you just shut up completely and let us simply THINK you are a fool, instead of continually proving it?

Kelli from Tampa   January 26th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

Wondering why someone with a straightjacket has not picked this guy up yet...Good Luck Larry ,you are about to enter an alternate universe!

dr george from vt   January 26th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

how many talk shows will he be on tonight ? not know if I will watch tonight @ 9 pm ...maybe a tiny bit....

Josh   January 26th, 2009 8:12 pm ET

Rod, you say you are doing this for the people of IL and that you did nothing wrong. By not defending yourself in the trial, seems to make you look even more guilty! If you truely believe this, then why are you not fighting to keep your job so you can still represent the people of IL?

Marvin   January 26th, 2009 8:13 pm ET

Gov: You brag about all the money saved when you bought drugs from Canada for the poor people of Illinois. Don't you know that the majority of drugs they sell are not made in that country but places like India, Pakistan and Mexico where quality control is virtually unknown?

Cindy illinois   January 26th, 2009 8:17 pm ET

Two Things, Who is paying you to make all these appearances? Including travel security, is it your money? How far does your pay to play go? I think it’s awfully funny that there are more administrators running such areas as the Dept. of Corrections (most hired off the street with no experience) and less front line staff than any other Governor. I work at a correctional facility; a Sergeant was recently injured do to an inmate escape attempt.
These are the things that happen when you owe people jobs for getting you elected. Get out before more staff get hurt.

Dick Rhodes   January 26th, 2009 8:19 pm ET

What % of this trip is being paid for by the taxpayers of the state of Illinois.

Rob D   January 26th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

When the governor talks about that he works for the people of Illinois, I am hoping Mr. King you understand that he means to say that he works for the people who contribute to his corrupted funds. The rest of us are just "peasants" in his eyes. He is well known here in Illinois as the "village idiot of Illinois." I would love to ask this so call governor how deep this corruption goes. Prime example, the Pontiac Prison. Where the governor felt he should close the most efficient prison in Illinois and save the taxpayers $3 million. Yet he refuses to acknowledge the closely condemned Statesville Prison, if closed, will save the taxpayers $33 million! Since the senator from the Pontiac district supported the recall amendment where the voters can determine if the governor should be removed from office, this governor has given him a headache. This bill was stopped by his senate majority leader pal, Emil Jones. So Governor, how deep is this corruption?

Donna Rhodes   January 26th, 2009 8:23 pm ET

How many body guards did you take to new york and did you fly on the state plane much did that cost your state....this is a state issue not national.

Sandi from Michigan   January 26th, 2009 8:26 pm ET

Why do you continue to say you are not allowed to call witnesses? Isn't it true that you just can't call anyone who might be called as a witness in your federal criminal trial. By the way how did you get to New York? Hope not on a state owned airplane.

Sandi from Michigan

Mariann Cashin   January 26th, 2009 8:27 pm ET

I am a resident of Illinois and have worked as a nurse for Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago for 18 years. The staff there are caring , hard working people who love helping children. Unfortunately we are involved in the Blagojevich scandal. The govenor is accused of holding back funding for our hospital unless he rec'd campaign donations. Over 50% of our patients are public aid. If we don't receive government funding , we cannot care for our patients the way we should or survive as one of the leading Childrens Hospitals in Chicago. If this allegation is true Governor.....Shame on you!!! It is you that has to look at yourself in the mirror everyday . It is you that will have to look your two beautiful daughters in the eye and answer their questions. It is you and only you that will have to live with what you have done.

Donna M.   January 26th, 2009 8:36 pm ET

I want to know if the Governor is using his own personal money to make the circuit of television or is he spending Illinois Tax payers' money, like he has done to put Illinois in the hole?

Ask him how much it costs him to fly from Chicago to Springfield and have his plane on stand by, I believe us tax payers are footing that bill too.

Dana   January 26th, 2009 8:36 pm ET

As a resident of Illinois from the extreme southern part of the state, I can say that the Governor made more trips to our part of the state than any other Illinois governor; that's the only good thing I can say about him.
I find his behavior very unbecoming and has made us here in the state a total embarrassment to the country.He would never remain in Springfield to govern, as he should have, and instead used tax payers money to shuttle himself to and from Chicago, when Illinois has no money and has closed many state parks and facilities due to the lack of state funding.
As long as the Governors keep emerging from Chicago, we are going to continue to have corruption in the Governor's office. I just wish we could have a Governor who really cares about the people south of Chicago.We are part of this state also in more ways than taking our money for income taxes and not having much to show for it.

Sandra   January 26th, 2009 8:41 pm ET

After reading many of these comments, I am even more convinced that the people of Illinois want our governor to either do the right thing and step down (but I know he won't do that) or be impeached. Teresa, I appreciate your comments and am glad to learn that he does have a shred of decency. Our governor has not performed his duties for our best interests. How can you run a state without talking to your Lt. Governor, the legislators, and really listen to the people. This man needs to be in a job where he is required to show up for work every day, put in a full day's work, not take advantage of free money such as using the state's plan for his own personal use, and most of all conduct himself honestly and not bleeping line his own pockets.

Celinha   January 26th, 2009 8:43 pm ET

The answer as to what Blago is doing........preparing for his " Insanity Plea" !

john subaranian   January 26th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

I think that Blagojevich is going to put it up the AG's place of no sunshine....rooting for him...innocnt until proven guilty...go Blag, go!

Debbi   January 26th, 2009 8:55 pm ET

I am one of these people the governor says he is serving. The only person the governor is serving is himself and his grandeous ego. As a professional in the mental health field I see first hand the suffering of individuals desperate for services he refuses to fund because he is too busy with his own agenda. The State of Illinois needs new leadership for all of its people. He needs to do the right thing and resign so we can move on. But that takes him and his ego out of the spotlight doesn't it?

Susan   January 26th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

My only comment would be, all day we have been hearing that he wants to do what is best for Ill. Well would it not be more prudent to resign and then prove his innocence then be reinstated. I am sorry, but every time I hear him I think more that he is side stepping the real issue by saying he is doing this for his people and then bragging about some of the things he has done.

Kelli from Tampa   January 26th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

I agree get the Haldol out for this guy.

Scott Carrico   January 26th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

I have heard all day you want us to hear that you will be vindicated when we hear the evidence. Why don't you give us the evidence now since there is nothing to hide.

Quinn K   January 26th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

If you weren't trying to sell the senate seat, what did you really mean when you said what you said on those tape?

Shahab   January 26th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

What is your view on government corruption, including the Chicago machine? How have you fought this corruption during your time as governor?

Lori   January 26th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Why did your lawyers resign and what's your defense?
Lori G.

Joe Scerra, Richmond, VA   January 26th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Governor Blagojevich,

If you are innocent, why was there so much time of silence between the accusation and the impeachment trial time?

Thanks so much,

Joe Scerra

Kelli from Tampa   January 26th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Ask him how come his lawyer dumped him?

hari   January 26th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

hi Larry,
I appreciate if you can the Gov.Blagojevich this question?
Has he sold the senate seat to the now new senator from illinois or atleast tried to do gain any financial or any other advantage?

Maureen   January 26th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

If the Governor is so concerned about the people of Illinois, why did he refuse to stay in the Governor's mansion and instead ran up huge travel bills by using the state plane so carelessly?

Shahab   January 26th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

How have you fought for the "average joes" of Illinois during your time as governor? Can you please provide some examples?

Karen   January 26th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

I was told that he had the opportunity to give a list of witnesses to the senate and he chose to just ignore this and let the deadline for this come and go. I think he is just making himself look like a fool on all the talk shows and I for one will be glad to see him go and I am a democrat.

Stephen   January 26th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Why dont step down Gov. you are doing yourself alot of harm go down their and if you are so sure your inoccent, plead your case !


Bereket   January 26th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

if what he did was wrong, why did F.B.I have him on wiretaps for three years and decide to indict him the day after he spoke out against the bankers and stood up for the people?

Otto   January 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Why is it about Rod? Why not about Illinois?

alan d. busch   January 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

dear governor,

if indeed the illinois senate finds you guilty of the impeachment charges, what will be your response?

thank you

H. Thompson   January 26th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

I am a Chicago native and I'm truly NOT a fan of RB- never have been... didn't vote for him.... HOWEVER, I really do feel in watching this media frenzy surrounding the allegations against him, that he was hung long before a scrap of evidence had been made public. He has not enjoyed the "innocent until proven guilty" clause. It's too bad. I think everyone deserves their day in court AND the ability to fairly plead their case. Furthermore, I am embarrassed that our mayor called him cuckoo.

Heidi, Chicago

Kelli from Tampa   January 26th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

How much is he paying his "witnesses?'

Bereket   January 26th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

....Selling seats is nothing new!! Politicians have been engaging in that action since politics was born. I stand behind him %100.

LYN   January 26th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I also wanted to know why someone from Childrens Memorial hospital says that he wanted donations for him if they ( CMH) wants assistance from state? This is part of why we Illinoisians are thinking he may be ' guilty' of the accusations.

PAM   January 26th, 2009 9:10 pm ET


Tracy   January 26th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Would you be willing to cut your hair and have it auctioned off for charity to support the Illinois Young Democrats and engage in a videoed Q & A with our young group memembers? We support internships and want to use you as an wonderful example to demonstrate the freedom of a democracy. It would be our pleasure to allow you as long as you would like to speak with the school kids and it would also allow you a platform for your defense.

Sheri   January 26th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Are my tax dollars or state jet being used to transport the Govenor on his media blitz?

Shahab   January 26th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

What do you consider your proudest acheivement as governor of Illinois?

rick hart in naperville IL   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Please explain how you raised $80,000 from firms with state road contracts last summer and fall – including $10,000 the day after the you announced a $1.8 billion tollway project.

Kyle, from Springfield, Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich,
As a resident of Springfield, Illinois, I am wondering, Why you refuse to stay at the state funded Governors Mansion and why do you use the taxpayers money to fly right back up to Chicago, whenever you do come down here, other than to see your children? In a follow up question, I would like to know, do you honestly think the people of Illinois would elect leaders that do not want to do what is right for the people of Illinois, as you have suggested? I am a voter and am appalled that you think I have that low of intelligence! Good thing I was not old enough to vote for you when you were elected!

Staci   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Did you do anything unethical while gov. for the state of Illinois?

Joe D   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Gov Blago,

State Rep Dan Ruterford tried to bring about recall vote last year, after the measure failed, you have been trying to close a maximum security prison in his district. How can you try to close one prison without visiting all of the maximum security prisons, even after the panel you put together recommended that it stay open?????????

Kevin in Skokie, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

After your arrest you said that, if you were to become ineffective as governor, you would resign from office. What have you accomplished since then and what could you possibly do for our state if allowed to finish out the rest your term?

Bereket   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Do you feel your being targeted because you stood up for hard working citizens, and took a stance against Bank of America?

srao   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I am sad that I live in illinois and the Rod is our Governor. He doesnt have one ounce of truth coming out of him now. For some reason he thinks all are out to get him. Ask him who is Raghuveer Nayak and lets see what his answer is

Brandon   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Rod, The over 2000 Excecutive Clemency Petitions On Your Desk, If you are impeached, will you grant these pardons authorizing expungement before you leave office?
What is your View on Executive Clemency?
Should Young Guys Deserve A Second Chance To do right?

Warrensburg, Illinois

I support you Rod!!!!!!

Gary in Baltimore   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET


If the government really had a case against Gov. Blagojevich, then why didn't they wait until the money exchanged hands. Then they would have really had a case. Why stop in the middle?

Cindy   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

What about us in Southern Illinois, all we hear about is Chicago and Springfield, My husband and I are unemplyoyed and we can't get help from the state to get a furnace in our home, right now we are in the middle of a ice storm, and your in New York. We had Ryan abuse our tax money and now you. Don't you even care or have emotions about what your doing to Illinois.

Gerald D. Skoning   January 26th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Governor Blago-– Your campaign committee announced recently the payment of $1.3 million to your "dream team" of criminal defense lawyers, do you think it's at all appropriate to use your campaign war chest to pay lawyers to defend you from federal political corruption charges?? I don't think your many contributors would think so.


Hooman   January 26th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Finally, a politician who listened to his conscious and followed his heart. On behalf of freedom loving Americans, thank you.

Alex   January 26th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

If these tactics are so wrong and unfair why didnt you try to do something when you were in office instead of when you are a target and have no power to change it?

Matt R.   January 26th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Do you think that President Obama tossed you under the bus when he commented earlier on the allegations against you?

Elizabeth Hand   January 26th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Each year I take my 8th grade students to Springfield to culminate their studies on Illinois history and governenment. Each year we meet with our representatives and senators. They are always there and spend a lot of time with our kids as well as take photos. Not once has the Govenor even been in Springflield in the last 8 years we have visited. Why does the Govenor feel that spending taxpayer money to travel between Chicago and Springfield is appropriate? Why does he not choose to live in Springfieldf like every other Illinois Govenor has?

Shahab   January 26th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Who is going to be your new defense attorney and what will be the main argument he and the rest of your defense team will use?

Bryce   January 26th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

First of all, I find Gov. Blagojevich's attempted comparison to Mandela, Gandhi, and Dr. King to be both abhorrent and completely unfounded in reality. I wanted to remark mostly on the Governor's claim that he should not step down since he is supposedly innocent of these charges. Should he not step down due to the shame that he has brought on his post, and the mockery that the past 2 months have made of our government? More honorable politicians have stepped down for lesser scandals than this.

Bunni   January 26th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Hi Larry! Just wanted to tell the Gov. that some people in Chicago (I for one) admire his guts in standing up for himself. I believe that he is being railroaded and they want him to quit because he knows where the bodies are buried. Dick Mell got mad at him, and set him up. Well, Gov., when they kick you out, you should really start singing to the Feds about ALL the dirty pols here in Chicago, esp. Hizzonor the CooKCoo Mayor. Also, who is your Fav poet? I loved your quoting "If". Sums things up nicely. Thanks, Bunni from Chicago

Alex Lepe   January 26th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Will Blago atleast admit that everything that has come out about him does look questionable? Instead of acting like he doesnt know why he is being impeached

neal kulick   January 26th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Governor B

I am an illinois resident who voted for you. I totally agree that you deserve the presumption of innocence. That said, don't you believe that your indictment and the fallout from it has made it impossible for you to be an effective governor of our state? I do, and I urge you to resign now so that the residents of Illinois can have effective leadership... we need it now more than ever.

LINDA H. IN NORTH CAROLINA   January 26th, 2009 9:15 pm ET


Ann Rine   January 26th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

As an Illinois resident I beg you to resign MR. Blagojevich. Enough poetry, story telling and name dropping. And to deny that you said these things, when we have heard the tapes!! QUESTION: ARE THE ILLINOIS TAX PAYERS PAYING FOR YOUR EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE TALK SHOW CIRCUIT????

Scott Carrico   January 26th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Since the accusations brought upon you by the FBI, how can you feel that you are serving the State of Illinois to the best of your ability. For example the day you spent today in New York serving your own interests instead of Illinois.

Also is Illinois in any way a "Pay to Play" state?

Kim   January 26th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I still think the most heinous thing was holding up the money for Childrens Memorial Hospital until he got money for his campaign fund. He says he has to hear the tape-he should make sure he is in the Illinois Senate tomorrow-they will be played there.

Bill Sinclair   January 26th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Was the real reason his character is being assasinated because he was December 8 – Governor Rod Blagojevich announces the State of Illinois will cease doing business with Bank of America.

December 9 – Governor Rod Blagojevich, who has been reportedly under investigation by the federal government for three years, is indicted based on a recent wire tap.

If he is as dirty as he is being portrayed, why did it take three years to find something on him?

Assasinations of character occur all too often when one disagrees with the banking system

John   January 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Honorable Governor

What is your most redeeming value to Illinois and why do you feel we should accept your word as an honest politician when so many have outright lied, cheated and have no ethics?

Steve D   January 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

You're not going to get anything out of this guy, Larry. He just repeats the same thing over and over.

stacey   January 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I don't even know why all of you journalists are giving this person the press time that he is getting. As a person who resides in Illinois this man is a disgrace to our state. He acts like he hasn't done a thing wrong, give me a break. He needs to step down now, no one wants him as our governor. I know I never voted for him. He keeps saying we votes for him, well most of the state wants him out. People that work for him want him gone.

Him and his beloved trailer park mouth wife need to get out of our state, we don't want you here

Good riddens to garbage. You're getting what you have coming to you (not soon enough) . Tell George Ryan hello for all of us because you'll be seeing him soon

Lyn   January 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

OK.. heard you say just a few minutes ago.. not for 'personal' gain. Who was going to gain something when you gave the seat away? Just curious.

Shahab   January 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Who is your role model/inspiration?

Sara   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I am kind of annoyed with Larry King's interview with Blagojevich tonight. Yeah, Blago doesn't have the best rap, and he hasn't made the best decisions, but King's questions and statements seem pretty unfair, like he has formed his idea of him and it really won't change. The doubt and disgust in his words are condescending and insulting. I don't think it's fair journalism... but maybe it'll help him get the answers he wants to hear, and maybe Blago needs some tough questions...

Patricia Schneider   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Governor Rod Blagojevich would have the American people believe that his impeacment trial is about comments that are supposedley taken out of context regarding the vacant senate seat of Barack Obama. While this may have been the straw that broke the camel's back his impeachment trial is about his lack of ability to govern. He has broken trust repeatedly with legislators and the people of Illinois. He states that he is concerned about health care for the people of Illinois. Then why did he cut $500,00 from the budget of Crusader Clinic in Rockford Illinois which serves the poorest of the poor in our city? Why has he closed state parks that generate income? Why has he decimated the Department of Natural Resources, appointing a new director that has no experience in parks and recreation? Governor Blagojevich's words ring hallow, his actions have spoken volumes. The people of Illinois deserve better.

Cubs Fan   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Governor, how can you explain why you rarely went to Springfield and how you spent more evenings at fundraisers than working with legislators to solve the problems of normal working Illinoisans??

Cindy   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET


Karen   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Larry, please interrupt Blago when he refuses to answer a direct question you ask and instead purposively trails off on side roads that have nothing to do with your question. Call his process to his attention, he has done this repeatedly during the interview. The same distraction process was modeled by Nixon in the "Frost/Nixon" interviews. Blago needs to be held to the fire. Ask him what his true intention is by doing all of these interviews. Is it about tainting the jury pool?

Jean   January 26th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Personally I have been looking forward to this day ever since he took office, just sorry he was able to do so much damage before he got caught.

It is clearly evident that he is setting up for his criminal trial. With all the running around he is currently doing it will be claimed that he cannot get a fair trial anywhere in the US – loved the few minutes I was able to watch before work this morning when asked the same question 3 times and each time he was not prepared to answer it – WHY NOT? It's the same question everybody has been asking since the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT he's had several days, weeks to come up with an answer – why not answer? clear your name and be done with it? You can't clear your name you can only discuss the dream of clearing your name – oh well too bad – sucks to be Blagovjevich now, doesn't it?

Spare us in IL all this BS and step down – It's too bad he is getting this time on the air in fact it's downright pathetic. I am sure the taxpayers of Illinois are also paying for the Blagojevich Tour 2009 just as the taxpayers are paying for the Governors Mansion to operate without any occupants since he's taken office.

One last question, How does Blagojevich sleep at night? – Please ask this as I know I couldn't.

Let the Trial Begin............

Mike - Chicago   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich is the Huey Long for the disenfranchised and the poor. He has given us breast screening, extended access for health care and he has gotten senior citizens to ride to CTA for free. Huey Long got assassinated now they are trying to lynch Blagojevich in the Illinois Senate. What happened to innocent until proven guilty. This is a sham! Gov. Blagojevich will always be my governor.

ben   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Hi Larry,
How come when a drug dealer or a murderer's phone line is tapped they are only trailed and arrested during attempted execution of their deeds .but how come that did not happen for Blago,was the US attorney following the Bush doctrine-pre-emptive arrest.

Denise Crawford   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Are you willing to prove your innocence by taking a lie detector test?

Denise, Orange County, California

Paul Fleming   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

What about the other articles in the impeachment that aren't out of bounds according to the US prosecutor? Why doesn't the governor address those?

Deb from East Moline, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Live in Dem. Senator Jacobs district. Sen Jacobs was an early outspoken critic of Blago. Conseqently, our area has been on the receiving end of Blago's revenge. Loss of Nancy Mulchaey (economic guru/state employee) who Blago had Jack Lavin fire. Closing of historic Black Hawk State Park & even retaliation of Sen Jacobs own high school, UTHS/East Moline being denied life safety bonds to replace faulty lighting for Soule Boule, their football stadium!
Blago is vendictive! He needs to go away ASAP!

Shahab   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

What is your opinion of President Obama? What was your relationship with him?

Suzanne   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Given his reply to whether or not the children were present – can anyone believe a word?

Play the Oprah card to distract ! He just hesitated again!

Where is the political world stepping to protect/ assist and or defend him?

Guess there were many many 10 foot poles sold.

Kevin   January 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Why not just resign? Isn't it more honorable for the State of Illinois, which is larger than yourself?

Vincent Squillacioti   January 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Maybe they should have waited to arrest him till he actually sold the seat. Duh

amy   January 26th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I'd like for Blagovich to have his day in court. No telling what he knows about the Illinois thugs in the white house. I think they're just trying to silence him. Lets see what he knows about the Illinois pay to play game. I look forward to his testaments.

Melissa   January 26th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Gov. Rod doesn't need to think the people of Illinois voted for him the second term because they actually wanted him, but unfortunately he was the lesser of 2 evils, at the time.

Nam(South Korea,Busan)   January 26th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I think it`s inappropriate.
If he is going to use the TV network.

That's not the right way.

Penny Keller   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I would like to know if Gov. Blagoevich took any payment from anyone to make IL a non-smoking state ?

Michelle Campbell   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

As a resident of Illinois, could you ask the governor, why if his job is so important to him, how he has never seen fit to live in the Capitol of Springfield, IL? I wonder how many people even realize Chicago is NOT the Capitol.

Cordelle   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

If you believe that this media spree would help you should go on the Maury Show for the Lie Detector or go to the Steve Wilkos Show to get grilled my Chicago's Very own former policeman Steve But I guess you don't like standing up.

Karla Nelemans   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I find it very interesting that the day after the Governor went publicly to boycot the citigroup banking industry for their treatment on their former employees, he was arrested by the FBI. I wonder Larry, how much could this have affected the timing of his arrest?

Cubs Fan   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

How can the Governor rationaize the systemic problems around delivery of healthcare when hs appointees have been convicted of fraud and conspiracy for the Health Facilities Planning Board with regard to fundraising problems, as well as asking for campaign contributions for Children's Hospital in Chicago? He says healthcare is his priority - isn't that contradictory?

Vincent Squillacioti   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I hope he gets off, we could also use him as a senator in Minnesota because Norm Coleman won't sign the papers for Franken.

Tom Van Cleave   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich:

Why did you try to stop the funds going to Childrens Memorial Hospital?

Kelli from Tampa   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Bleepin golden- good one Larry!!!!! he still won't answer the question though. This is TOO FUNNY...what a ....oh never mind.

Don Eck   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

It is very difficult how, on such a key essential part of a conversation regarding "selling of the senate seat" you would need to hear the tape in order for you to determine whether you said such a thing or not.

Please explain your inability to recall saying such a thing on such a huge topic of the conversation

Larrie   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,

I am a resident of Illinois and I am very sad to see how the governor is trying to use the national media like a personal show to try and sell his side of the story. I just listened to his statement that he would gladly have went down to the police station to answer question if they would have called. Instead of showing up to his house early in the morning and taking him as the shady and unreputable person he is. For the last 6 years, I have read and listened to so many stories about his political deceit and ways he has tried to buffalo the people into thinking he is working for their good and welfare, when in fact he has had to use sidestepping and deceitful actions and methods to acheive his personal wants and desires. It is very hard to believe that all of the political representatives and senators in the state are ganging up against him with a biased and unjustified and unfair campaign to oust him without valid and justifiable reasons for a majority removal and protection of the state and the peoples integrity.

Matt   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Why, if you want to do the best for Illinois, would you appoint Kurt Grandberg as the head of the DNR when he is obviously unqualified? Is it because he resigned before he could vote to impeach you? Is it because he donated money to your campaign?

Christina   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET


Thank you for being respectful to Governor Blagojevich during your interview. Diane Sawyer was extremely rude interupting him constantly during her interview with him, not letting him finish saying what he wanted to say.

Brandon   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Rod, the last stroke of the governor of illinois is to pardon, will this be you last stroke of the pen?

Warrensburg, Illinois

Jo Ann   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

It seems improbable that the FBI would be able to wiretap a Governor's home and office without probable cause. Having said that, from what they've heard on the tapes, and Gov Blagojevich IS innocent, then the tapes would reflect that. What, then, is he so desparate to prove?

Vincent Squillacioti   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Ya know, I think he is class act.

rimbaud   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

The only thing Blagojevich will be found guilty of is hyperbole... too extreme an acting out of how a governor's business is usually done. He decided to be entertaining to those he knew were listening in on his conversations. It'll make a good Hollywood movie.

Shahab   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

What was the driving force behind you choosing Roland Burris as the Junior U.S Senator from Illinois?

Rex Cole   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I believe the gov. should be able to call witnesses and the presumption of innocence should be given. I will always remember how this began with the gov standing up for those workers trying to get thier benefits the day before. I think a lot of this stems from him making the statement to the corporation that was doing business badly in illinois that they would not be able to do business there anymore. the next day fitz showed up.

samik mody   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Governor –

Even if your actions don't rise to criminal wrong doing, don't you think someone in the governor's office should be held to a higher ethical standard? YOu shouldn't even be thinking about getting things for yourself - and the wiretaps, regardless of context, show that you were. That you cannot deny, and we don't want only crooks out of office, we want unethical people as well.

Chicago, IL

Tricia   January 26th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

We are not offended by the language but by the fact that our governor was trying to profit personally from the fact that our senator was elected president. At a time when we should be proud to say we are from Obama's Illinois, we are ashamed to say we are from the state of corrupt and arrogant and ignorant governors.

Blagojevich has almost bankrupted our state. He has robbed from our retirement system, has closed our beautiful state parks, driven factories and physicians from our state.

Please, please, do something for our state and leave office now.

Nicole   January 26th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Will you please tell the media the truth that you missed the deadlines for filing to call your witnesses? This is not all about the criminal case. You have always considered your above the law. Please tell the TRUTH.

James   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

He sure can talk in circles. 2nd interview I have watched with him today; he talks a lot but says nothing.
Answer the question please????

RC from Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Larry, I think a simple question to ask the Governor would be...
Why don't you answer the charges that the Illinois House of Representatives have based your impeachment? We're not talking about the Federal charges of "selling the Senate seat" or "soliciting bribes from vendors", we're talking about the specific charges of abusing your powers as Governor of the State of Illinois. The Fed attorney would not share evidence on their planned indictments, so the House impeached the Gov. on other charges based on his failure to fulfill his duties as Governor. Read the impeachment document and have him respond to each charge....which is what he should have been doing in front of the Illinois Senate today.

Elaine   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

As a lifelong Illinois resident I must say that Blago may have done some good things now and then, or helped some people here and there - after all, a stopped clock is right twice a day. However, the fraud, broken promises, mismanagement, secrecy and extortionism that have marked his administration far outweigh any good he has done. It is not just Republicans or conservatives that hate him either - I know MANY dyed in the wool Democrats and liberals who despise him too and cannot wait until he is gone. He's a Democrat, but a Democratic-controlled House impeached him and a Senate with a veto-proof Democratic majority is trying him! Plus, about 95 percent of state employees despise him and will probably be celebrating the day he is removed from office. You literally cannot believe in or trust a single word the man says. He is the worst public official I have ever seen, anywhere, in my lifetime. Way worse than Dubya, or even Jimmy Carter. I thank God he never realized his ambition to become president!

Katrina Heigert   January 26th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

One question...

If less than 5% of the citizen's of Illinois approve of the job you are doing as the Governor (aside from the selling of the senate seat scandal), why would you not step down? You have made numerous poor decisions as our Governor!

David Schneider   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

My question for the governor involves his presence or lack there of at the impeachents hearings today. He continually proclaims that the senate is already predisposed to find him guilty, however, by avoiding the hearings, there is no possible way to prove these allegations. My other question is why does governor Blagojevich believe that the illinois senate is predisposed against him, disregarding the agenda to raise taxes.

Mark   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Governor Blagojevich is an utter complete disgrace, without any morals at all. He represents the worst in American politics. He should have the decency to resign immediately. I hope he spends a very long time in jail, where he belongs.

Fred Cook   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

This impeachment trial is not a court of law and no governor of Illinois has ever been thrown out of office. Impeachment petitions and talked about before the AG report. What happened to the million dollars that was earmarked for a church that burned? What happended to the flu vaccine that you were not authorized to purchased and that Illinois paid for, but did not receive? Do you want some questions.

The impeachment trial is justified without the selling of a senate seat.


Mike   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Did Rod use a state plane or his own $$$ to get to the Larry King show

James   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Joy Behar is brilliant.
say it bloygie
"i am not a crook"

Reggie Sheppard   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET


Yes, we all talk on the phone and say things we assume are entirely personal and not professional, but as Governor did you believe that your words were being misconstrued by the person or person whom you discussed the Senate seat on the phone.

You are innocent until proven guilty; however, do you believe that were target because of your support for Obama?

Lori (Illinois)   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

How can the Governor compare what happened to him on December 9th to the attack on Pearl Harbor? All that happened to him was that he was arrested. Yes, it was embarrassing to him and his family but he and his family are still alive. On December 7th at Pearl Harbor 2,402 men and women died and 1,282 were wounded. His remarks so how much of an insensitive and shallow person he is.

The Governor keeps saying he arranged for senior citizens to have free public transportation. That only is for senior citizens who live in certain areas. The only seniors to get free transportation in Chicago are the seniors who live in the Chicago area. If an Illinois senior outside of the Chicago area visit the Chicago area they cannot ride free. What about the seniors who do not live in a town that has bus service what is the Governor doing for them?

The Governor did get the children of Illinois health care, but what about those of us who lost our jobs and is having a hard time getting health insurance, what are you doing for us?

The Governor keeps saying that the people of Illinois elected him twice and he staying for us, but the majority of the citizen’s of Illinois want him to resign and stop making our state a joke. So if he really cares about us, then he should resign now. Governor you are an embarrassment to our state.

The Governor is upset because his neighbors are being affected by the media standing out his house. If he lived in the Governor’s mansion like Governor’s before him had done they would not be affected. The Governor’s mansion has not only a brick fence around it there is no place for the media to camp out, unless they do it on the sidewalk or street. But living in the mansion would mean that the Governor recognize that Springfield not Chicago is the capital of Illinois.

amy   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Funny how some are talking how Blagonovich wasn't present at certain legislative meetings, voting on key issues for the Illinois citizens. Have they forgotten, that obama too, only voted PRESENT in the Illinois Legislature, and was not present for 1/2 of the Illinois Legislature meetings. Blago needs to be heard!!!

Jon from Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Why haven't you, Gov., followed through with your promise of considerable money to major colleges and universities in Illinois??

teresa ingles   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I would like to know who is footing the bill to fly you to New York and why you never lived in the governors mansion.
Why would you go on national t.v. and lie? Hasn't Illinois been embarrassed enough by you?

Denise Waterman   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Comment to Gov. Blagojevich, I hear you! I just had a similar incident involving my place of employment, Long Beach Unified School District. My lawyer would not allow me to prove any of the allegations false nor face my accussers. So, if you don't think it can happen;it can. denise

Pam Hansen   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Impeachment hearings are a tool to remove a governor from office that is not capable of leading our state- this is not a criminal proceedings. Do not let this man bully you in to believing otherwise. He will have his day in court. Gov. Blagojevich has not effectively led our state for a long time now and with the additional nail of allegedly selling the senate seat it is clear that he needs to go. He was taped at home because he doesn't spend time in Springfield leading. The man has got to go the state is at a stand still and we need to move on in these tought economic times.

Brandy   January 26th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I'm an Illinois resident, let me be more specific, SOUTHERN Illinois resident, I hate people assuming you're automatically from Chicago when you say IL. I do agree he should get a fair trial just like everyone else deserves. Innocent until proven guilty. But his actions in the past have made him an undesirable and should have been "called out" earlier for his past. The governor should be in the capital of our state, not in the very northern part, Chicago, What about all the other stories about the children's hospital and the Tribune???? I think ripping off a childrens hospital is more criminal then the pay to play allegations. I voted for ya Blago, but I should've known better from your first term, shame on me for wanting to keep the Democratic Party governing the state. Thanks for making not only the state of Illinois, but also the entire Democratic Party a mockery.

aubrey   January 26th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Ask Gov. Blagojevich If He Has Seen The Movie Primary Colors. I'm Sure Larry Remembers Because His Scene In The Movie Was About Things Taken From A phone Conversation And Mixed With Another Conversation.

Tammy Holland   January 26th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

As a taxpayer of Illinois it is embarassing. Govenor Blago should be ashamed. His own words tell the story. His taped conversations are indisputable. He should have stepped down months ago. Our own legislature has nothing to be proud of either since they have talked about impeachment for a year. It took federal charges and the media spotlight for them to begin the process that should have started a long time ago. Oh and by the way Gov, it wasn't the "people" of Illinois that voted for you the second time, it was the Chicago political machine. That was probably bought as well.

Awalker   January 26th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I think that if the Governor wanted to "disprove" these accusations that he should have been present at his own hearing today instead of running around the country trying to plead his case.........
I think he is a disgrace and should be removed immediately. If he can speak this negatively when he thinks people are not listening, what else will he say????

I don't appreciate him comparing himself to Gandi, or MLK...What a joke!!!!

Sharyl Ellis   January 26th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am a Illinois Citizen and Mr Blagojevich has caused many people to lose their job, it is not just the legislature or senators who want him impeached, its the citizens, we the citizens of Illinois have been protesting for the last 2 years to have him impeached. There is other things that he has done wrong not just the criminal that is just the topping on the cake.

yvette lindo   January 26th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I happen to think of you as a very smart man..and I do belive that you are a good Govenor...No human being can talk as much as you do and be wrong...I do belive you...good luck Rod..and God be with you..we need smart men like you around..keep fighting ..
Yvette in Canada

Angel   January 26th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

The Illinois state impeachment committee did hear and view some of the evidence against Rod.

Lisa Tejeda   January 26th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Larry, the issue is clear these are two very distinct comments that can be taken out of context. Maybe the Gov was planning on receiving a political IOU. It doesn't mean money or anything for his own personal gain, but rather the ordinary dealings in politics. Maybe it was passing a bill for expanding Health Care. Let's hear the whole conversation.

Lexar   January 26th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

So how much to think he is selling the seat for I am interested in the job. ha just kidding but really how much did the seat go for i am curious

Maureen from Chicago   January 26th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Haven't the people of ILlinois been through enough? This guy is not only making a mockery of himself but Illinois as well.

Rob   January 26th, 2009 9:34 pm ET


I have a question about this case, you keep saying they wont allow you to bring in people on your behalf to speak, but that is only in a criminal trial and this is a political trial.. Correct. this is only to find you incapable of your sworn duties Correct..

Karen   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Blago appears to be on another tangent. He is playing broken record. His accomplishments can be verified, they are not at issue. Please interrupt his distractions.

amy   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Blago you better be careful, Emmanuel may send you a dead fish if you continue this charade.

Chuck C.   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

The House voted 114 – 1 to impeach the Governor. A vote SO overwelmingly to impeach the Governor says something. If there was any doubt Governor in your ability to effectively manage the State, don't you think the vote would have been different? Doesn't a vote of 114 – 1 speak loudly that somethings wrong with your leadership?

prince uc   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

larry, i there are a lot of forces pursueing gov blago,i sympatise for him

Pam Rule   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

As a registered Democratic voter in Illinois I have heard you state that you are doing this for the people of Illinois. If only 7% of the people feel you should remain in office, why do you feel you should stay. Is it because you feel above the law? President Clinton said "I did not have sexual relations with that women", is this the same. You claim you are innocent of criminal charges let the criminal court decide that. You are not good for the people of Illinois you need to wake up and ride off into the sunset.

Alex Lepe   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

isnt him calling him everyone out to speak a way to bring everyone down with him and then say if you indict me then you must do the same to everyone else. i mean he mention rahm emanual, valerie jarret, john mccain, jessie jackson jr., and so on?

Bill   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Earlier today you said the fix was in regarding your impeachment because the legislature wants to raise income taxes. Now it's because of false accusations. Why does your story keep changing?

Todd   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I find it fascinating to hear Rod crying about his constitutional rights. Blogo hasn’t had a problem trampling on the 2nd amendments rights of the people of IL to keep and bear arms.

Susan   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

What is Blagojevich hoping to accomplish? Does he know that he occurs like a crazy person and the more he talks, the worse it gets? His rapid, repetetive speaking seems to indicate some psychological problem. When I'm not laughing out loud at his ridiculous logic, I think I feel sorry for him. Nice try with the Oprah shout out. Don't think it worked but it was an entertaining attempt.

Jeff in Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Senate seat scandal aside, Blogojevich has not acted in the best interest of the citizens of Illinois for the past six years. He has an approval rating of less than 5% and NOW is the time for him to go. Get on your horse and go back to the ranch to rope your steer.

Netta   January 26th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Governor, why do you have to hear a tape in its entirety to know if you said a quote or not, such as, this is a 'bleeping' golden opportunity? It seems that you would know if you said it or not...

christine berman   January 26th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

How serious can we take you with Drew Petersons PR that really the route you wont to go knowing how America feels about him????

Lori (Illinois)   January 26th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Amy, the state capital of Illinois is in Springfield and the governor has a mansion there. He dosen't have to rent like the representatives or senators do. He knew that when he ran for office. Springfield has good schools and resturants. It is a nice place to live. There is no reason for him not to live there.

Heidi   January 26th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

What I can't understand is the fact that the Gov. is saying that he hasn't heard these tapes. But according to the law you are able to review any evidence that the prosection has against you. So him tip toeing around the idea that he hasn't heard these tapes is ridiculous. What is his motive? He knows that he is getting kicked out of office so what is he trying to line up for after the fact.

Cathy from Palatine   January 26th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry, I wonder if Rod is receiving any spiritual direction from his church or if any members of his church are holding him accountable for his actions and for his words. I wonder how Rod's faith and belief in following God's will for his life is influencing his actions right now.

Pete from illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Why is it that during your terms you never moved into the Govenors Mansion with your family but have commuted from chicago. Also why is it that since you first elected all promotions have had to come through the govenors office prior to that people were promoted by each department on their good will.

Angel   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Larry asked him what he meant in that statement he said on the wire. Blagojevich made a mistake and admitted to saying part of that statement. Ths is big since he kept denying up to that point. If I were interviewing him at this point I would move into interoggation mode and call him out on his lies. It is obvious from his answers he is not truthful. As a former prosecutor, he is well aware to deny until government can prove what they have.

Woo Woo   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Chicago is the home of the great Cubs fan Ronnie Woo Woo.

Mr Governor, how can you explain the Sox Fan Mayor Daley calling you cuckoo? Is it because you are a Cubs fan or because you are friendly with Woo Woo??

How do you feel about your staff having to resign and losing their respect of family and friends?

Greg   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Oh, Larry ....please....

Gov. Blygojovich had plenty of time to present evidence and give his witness list. He missed the deadline. This man has lied over and over again...and what is most frightening is that he believes his own lies. You can tell the truth if you don't know when you are lying. He doens't know the difference between truth/lies – right/wrong. And this is the state of our leadership around our country. Rod needs to get some help right away. He should not be allowed to hold any political office or any job where he interacts with people.

God help us.


Andrew Tennant   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I have been a resident in Illinois for years, and I would like to know where the money for the high amount of toll roads in the state is going to. And why does it have your name in huge letters on every sign?

abou   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

The fact that two options were on the table for the governor implies that he was not serious about any of them. when i m serious, it is either selling the seat or appointing my self. it was just a joke that was taken too seriously.

Jeffcarn   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Is it true that your legal team was living in the Governors Manson while you were living in Chicago during all this time? Is is also true that we the people of Illinos are paying for employees to maintane the Governors Manson while you live in Chicago.

Denise, Orange County, California   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

If you are "dying" to show your innocence, will you take a lie detector test?

Vicky from Springfield, Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

The Govenor keeps saying that the people of Illinois elected him to a second term. What does he have to say about the fact that the people of downstate Illinois did not elect him to a second term? Chicago voted him into a second term.

Jane   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Governor – Is the fact that 92% of the citizens of Illinois want you to resign real to you? If you really have their best interests at heart, why don't you resign and let the state get back to work?

Jim D   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I think if you care about Illinois , Why are you in NY when we lost 30,000 jobs in Illinois? Instead you are playing (spending taxpayer money) on you . Resign ,Leave if for nothing else the jobless taxpayer .This joke has played long enough over the last 8 years.No budget ,No produtive Goverment in 8 years .I think your nose is growing dont poke out Larry's eye Rod.

Sue Newton   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

First, I would like to point out that the impeachment process is not governed by the same rules as a trial in a court of law. The impeachment is a process to decide if the governor is suitable, after all the information is discussed.
Second, Blago keeps saying that they are trying to get rid of the governor that was elected twice by the people of Illinois. Does this man not understand that the people of Illinois don't want him in office anymore. Blago is an embarassment to Illinois.

robert jemiolo   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Gov B. states that he wants a chance to bring in his own wittnesses, under oath to testify in his defense. Won't his upcoming criminal trial give him that opportunity?

Netta   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Governor, it obvious you're not providing answers to direct questions...don't you realize this makes you look really shady??

Jennifer from Pontiac, Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich needs to really see the inside of Pontiac Correctional of the many places he has tried to close down, but is failing!!!!!!!

Sean McMillion   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

If Blagojevich is really interested in serving the people of Illinois, why doesn't he just resign so the people of Illinois aren't shamed any more than they already are?

Judy   January 26th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry we did vote Blagojevich in twice, but we don't want him now, you can have him. He is a lol

Donald Teczien   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

There are so many problems in Illinois and the US that need to be addressed. The governors actions are only a waste of time and effort that could better be spent solving those problems. If the governors is really SO concerned for the people of Illinois then why won't he resign? He is also being disingenuous about being able to call witness – it is just that some of the witnesses are limited for both the defense and the prosecution. Last, there are many more instances of the governors corruption and abuse of power that so many have witnessed, and those are the many reasons why the legislature is impeaching him. I totally support the impeachment because of the corruption and waste I have personally seen and the governors inability to work effectively for the citizens of Illinois. There are many more egregious acts besides the selling of the senate seat to prosecute. The will of the people of Illinois is that the Governor should resign or be impeached because he does not care about the people of Illinois but only cares about himself. This is a complete embarassment to the state of Illinois.

Steve   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

The Governor is constantly harping on the criminal complaint as the basis for his impeachment, but there are 12 other articles of impeachment that he hasn't addressed at all. Despite his protestations to the contrary, he has been offered an opportunity to defend himself in the impeachment but has declined. He should be reminded that impeachment is a political process, not a criminal process, and the rules aren't the same.

Diana, Rockton IL   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Why do you need four jets and then say we have no money for our state parks so you close them? You yourself spend money too friviously. Maybe after you loose your job, you'll find out what it's like to be unemployed and helpless. Now if you were older and didn't have little kids you can really suffer. No health care, no help at all. Nothing. Just like me.

former warden   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

How can the Governor say this isn't fair! As a warden of a state prison, he fired me 46 days short of being able to draw a retirement, because I vote republican! I had almost 25 years of service with no discipline, hadn't used a sick day in 8 years and was employee of the year. He thinks this is a witch hunt?

Michael Oleksak in Florida   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

OK, so what's the poiint?

Why go on national TV to repeatedly say...

"I can't say anyhthing"?

Joe   January 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I am one who did not vote for him the second time around because of his shady first term. Blagojevich makes it sound as if his troubles started on December 9th. When a friend told me about his arrest I was dumbfounded! I thought: how could he be SO dumb, considering that he's been under investigation for some time?!?!?!?
He didn't even go to the Democratic convention because of the cloud over his head! That says a lot about how he was perceived even then.
He knows full well that the impeachment proceedings are run under different set of rules than a criminal case.
Instead of being in Illinois, he's out doing PR on the advice of the firm that also represents a man who has a cloud over his head for the murder/disappearance of two of his wives (was tat the only firm that would take him on as a client?).

I agree, he can have his day in court. But in the meantime he must be impeached so that the state can move on.

Casey Donovan   January 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Governor Blagojevich, would you be willing to take a polygraph test regarding the charges you are facing?

chris   January 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

How much your little media joke tour costing Illinois taxpayers?

Victoria   January 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

who is paying for the governor's trip to new york along with his security detail?

dan   January 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

this is nothing new. Daley and the rest of them would have done it too

Michelle   January 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

What does Blago intend to do with himself after he is kicked out of the Governor's office? I mean, as he says, he will be vindicated and absolved of all charges so I'm interested in what's up next for him.

Catherine Rennert   January 26th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Why are you interviewing someone who is unwilling to cooperate with the rule of the land? Why is he above the law? Even the president was willing to cooperate with his impeachment proceedings.

He does nothing but cost us money–by making us pay for his private jet to Springfield and now by making us pay for his defense.

Let him resign and give us a chance for someone who really cares about the people.

Rockford, IL

weo   January 26th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry, This is amazing. Let the man have a fair trial and prove he is wrong or prove the good ol' boys are wrong. They never let you have a fair trial anyway. Is something or someone else behind this? I'm sure. They will all come out later on but only one goes down for now. They all do the same thing Blago.... did if he in deed is guilty, they just DON'T GET CAUGHT. Someone out there hates this Gov AND THEY ARE OUT TO GET HIM AND HIS JOB. LETS BE HONEST, ARE ANY OF THEM HONEST OUT THERE? WOW, lets see them make CRIMINALS of all of these big mortgage corp executives who is stealing the $800 TRILLION FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


LeeAnn   January 26th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

What, exactly, CAN he answer? Much of what Larry King has asked him has caused him to stammer, " when the story comes out, you will hear what that means." Ok, we are waiting. This man appears to be so narcissistic that he cannot find anything he has said to be wrong or anything he has said or done to be wrong. He is just another "above the law" politician.

btw: What is this, if I had known anyone was listening, "I wouldn't have used that language."

Nicholas Errico   January 26th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

How, Governor Blagojevich, can you compare yourself to Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Grande? Those men fought for the rights of oppressed peoples. How do you see yourself as comparable to such great people? All you are doing is fighting for your own self promotion. Your name is dirt because you committed a great wrong. There is no saving your name, even if you prove yourself innocent. The way you have stubbornly reacted to the accusations brought against you has determined the way the public has viewed you. Your rude behavior is not that of a respectable governor.

Rob D from florida   January 26th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The govner is displaying the classic signs of fight or flight. His own actions after his arrest display his guilty conscience.

When he is first arrested he is quiet in the public eye for days. He hids behind lawyers that are rarely seen on the national media. Then when he is faced with the oppurtunity to work within the process he has long served he ignores communication with the impeachment proceedings and finally runs for the hills heading to the media to attack the "Process" not the "Allegation" set before him.

Sounds like another politician from an eastern block country that faced an international tribunal for genocide?

Dan Koehl   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

How does Gov. justify wasting the state's money by refusing to live in the state mansion and costing us $57,000 each time he commuted from Chicago to Springfield?

Todd   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

For the second time in four months Chicago Mayor Daley has referred to Illinois’ disgraced governor as “cuckoo.”

What are Rod's thoughts?

Dan Williams   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I have to agree with the governor that he is being impeached wrongfully. I think he should have his day in court before he is impeached. Everyone seems to assume that he is guilty, but all we have heard is small excerpts of conversations. Yet the whole world is so sure that he did wrong. Let us not be so quick to judge.

Angie Parks   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I am unfortunately one of those "people of Illinois" who hired you, now I am fortunately also one of those "people of Illinois" who also elected the Senate who will fire you as well. Just as I have lost employment in Illinois, as an "At Will Employment State," without a choice to stand against my accuser, so are you now in this position Mr. Blagovich. Do you propose that you stand above others in IL who have no choice in being fired at their job? Perhaps like those State Park employees, IDOT employees and others you were going to have lose their jobs without their say?

Belinda Walter   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Who pays for the transportation costs Blagojevich has due to living in Chicago instead of in the state capitol?

Nicholas Errico   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

How, Governor Blagojevich, can you compare yourself to Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ghandi? Those men fought for the rights of oppressed peoples. How do you see yourself as comparable to such great people? All you are doing is fighting for your own self promotion. Your name is dirt because you committed a great wrong. There is no saving your name, even if you prove yourself innocent. The way you have stubbornly reacted to the accusations brought against you has determined the way the public has viewed you. Your rude behavior is not that of a respectable governor.

Caroline..Wilmette, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I would like to know why Gov Blagovich keeps referring to the impeachment trial as a criminal trial. The people of Illinois have spoken through their elected representatives and voted "no confidence". His criminal trial is another matter. Does the Govenor believe that hiring the same PR firm that is handling the "Peterson case" really help his cause?

Steve D   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

We have it all wrong...He's a saint. Just ask him.

Brandon   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry, ask the governor if he has pardoning on his mind at this point?

Brandy   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Public transportation for seniors???? Maybe if he'd step out of Chicago he would know that is not true

Laken   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

As a former resident of Springfield, I have to say that no one I know was glad to have Blagojevich in office. Not only would he "slum it" with us in Springfield, but I personally had to live in fear of an ex con who broke his parole and was not arrested because, as the parole officer put it, "election time was near." Blagojevich was keeping inmates on parole to make it look like he was doing a good job keeping criminals under control. The whole state is better off without him. Let's do a better job in the next election people.

Lori (Illinois)   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Brandy, I agree with you!!!!!!!!!

gregg   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I don't think the gov did anything that the rest of the IL pols don't do but please Rod don't down without singing like a bird, take them all with you and please start with Daley.

Ken in NC   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I want the Gov. to explaine why he lingers on the "GOOD" he has done when they are not a part of the charges against him in his impeachment hearing?

Angie   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

As a citizen of Illinois, I have helped elect the senators and representatives that currently are in office. I am very glad to see this trial start as is every other Illinois citizen I know. The senators and representatives are doing their jobs while the governor is not.

Cindy   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET


Lisa Tejeda from Chicago   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

When will the public get to hear the entire tapes? We don't know the judicial process behind this.

Tommy Hayes Chicago,IL   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The 7% approval rating is from all of the Senior Citizens who he gave free admission to all the states public transportation. That is why the CTA and other Transit companies are in the Red 1 year after that great desicion.

dean   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

How did the Governor pay for his flight out to New York?

Mario   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

How can the Governor say he fights for Medical Care and fights for people, when he has been taped as refusing medical care for children?

David   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

As a freshmen you came to my school in Rochester and we said we were at the top of the list for a large grant of money to build a new school. Now im a senior and we still have no money.

ron   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I live in Illinois and I think 7% may be high based on the people I have been talking with

emily   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

When will the governor realize that 93% of Illinois citizens have wanted him impeached since long before the Senate seat scandal began?

Beatrice   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

rod blagojevich,
you have done so much for the city of chicago and i was wondering if and when you are impeached, do you believe that your successor will go about the state of liinois as you have.

Jennifer   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I think that if you did not intend to sell Obama's seat, why is it that not only people I know , but everyone in IL thinks that you are 100% guilty, I mean from the time you started as governor you were a good leader but in the last couple years its been suspicion and accusations? If thats what people are thinking what's to say your not actually guilty in the first place?

Jim D   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am so Proud to be from Illinois.gag Thanks Rod .Govener for sale 100% off .

jeff   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Blago forced the free senior rides (many of whom don't need it) down the throats of the legislature by refusing to sign a public transportation bill unless they agreed to his giveaway. Now the transit authorities don't have enough revenue to operate based on this giveaway.

He plastered his name above every toll both when openroad tolling was introduced at a cost of over $500,000 to the tax and toll payers as an exercise of narcissism.

Yogesh   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Ask Governor why he doesn't answer Larry's questions? Why is he wasting everybody's time with his personal propaganda.

Angel   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Since he became governor, we as a state have became more in debt and lost a number of good programs due to his cuts. Everything he decided in this state came with a consequence to the people of Illinois. Correct me if I am wrong, he closed a number of state parks that did not cost much to run on top of other great programs.

Liz Miller   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET


If you've done so much for the citizens of IL, which you claim, why is it that IL ranks 51st when it comes to people with disabilities?

ceci   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Should the governor be vindicated during his criminal trial after being impeached by the Illinois Senate, will this not demonstrate that he has a point regarding his claim of presumed innocence.

Netta   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Governor, you quoted "why am I apologizing" when you found out your phone conversation was being, are not sorry for what you said, or are you only sorry that you got caught?

Wes   January 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich was just speaking about all that he has done for the state around the legislation. Maybe they were saying no because we do not have the money to spend on it. Are we not the poorest (or most in debt) state in the nation?

Sherry Jones, Palm Bay Florida   January 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I find it striking that the Govenor is very specirfic in his denial of the accusations against him. The govenor is very cautious to say that he hasn't done anything "criminally" wrong.

I'd like Larry to ask him whether he's done anything ethically or morally wrong. The Govenor is being far to specirfic about criminal wrong doing. We all know it's much harder to prove criminal wrong doing vs. moral or ethical wrong doing.

Terry Gump   January 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I wish there was a place on your web site where we could put our names on a list saying that we DO NOT SUPPORT HIM AND WISH FOR HIM TO RESIGN RIGHT AWAY. Illinois is put "on hold" because of his "holding on" to his belief that he will be proved innocent!

I wonder where they came up with the number (7%) of Illinoisans that support him.

I want him to resign!

srao   January 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Man.. This guy is like a hardened criminal!!! LOL

Jean   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Listening to Blagojevich, he said he has given all these things free –
There is nothing that is free except the air you breathe –

The taxpayers are paying for the FREE things the Governor is giving away – Please SPARE us your BS ...

John Campbell   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I have a question for Mr. Blagojevich. What is it that he wants to show that the Government is not allowing him?
Tell us now.

Bridget, Cypress, TX   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I'm not a fan of Blago. but I think it was insensitive and cruel of Larry to play all those clips ridiculing the governor. It was really uncalled for and shocking coming from Larry.

John   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Rod, do the right thing for the people step down peacefully, think of the people of IL instead of your pocketbook, your a criminal just like Ryan, face the facts most IL resident can't figure out how you have stayed in office this long! Rod quit being a crybaby and quit making IL the laughing stock of the US

brian   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Give me a break. The governor can't remember what he said because he hasn't heard the tapes? Yah, ok. Rod, please resign.

Lori (Illinois)   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET


His one of lawyers did stay at the mansion for one night. He stayed in the Lincoln's bedroom. But he said it was too small and went to a hotel the next night.

Angel   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I hope that the whole court case is made available to the public for viewing, like the impeachment process. We at least deserve that!

marc   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Governor, you have made the state of illinois the laughing stock of the entire country.Please resign noe and spare us . You come accross as holier than thou and since you wont face reality the legislature will for you and remove you from office. Good riddance!

Matt   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich, you say your treatment is unfair. How is this any different than your selecting Pontiac Prison to be closed? This move would have destroyed our community, eventhough reports have shown this closing would NOT save the state money.
Prisoners have been reclassified to a lower risk to be moved to other facilities. Last night one of thes "low risk" prisoners tried to escape, the attempt faile. What do you have to day about this?

stacey small   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

It seems to me that the Governor has a legitimate request and complaint. He's simply requesting that everyone, who has a chance to judge him, be required to listen to the entire tapes in cases where he's been quoted and the quotes used against him.

This is logical and fair. Part of the problem with those in power is the rules they've made that seem to give them unfair advantage. This is one example of that. Play the entire tape, allow the Governor to prove his point or be disproved. Otherwise this is not the transparent government we voted for when we chose Barak!

Stacey Small, Denver CO

Rita   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Ask the Illinois Governor why he doesn't live in the Governor's Home in Illinois and spends so much money flying back and forth from Chicago to Springfield.

Tom Bertrand   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET


Didn't the Illinois Senate adopt rules for impeachment that were similar to those used in the proceedings against then President Clinton?

If theser rules resulted in Clinton's exoneration–how can they be so unfair?

Valentin   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

From Russia with LOVE>>>>>>>>

US has its circuse now.......are USA pliticians different from SOVIETS.....if they do not allow all tapes, full story out......hey let's hail for the truth!!!! All tapes are OUT, all Blagoevich asking is: let is be out: he is NOT afraid::::::::why pliticians are afraid>>>>>>????


Thea Jordan   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I think that everyone is entitled to due process. I appreciate you Larry, giving the Gov. a chance to present his reasoning for not attending the Impeachment trial. All the tapes should be heard and both sides should be able to present any evidence or witnesses that are available.

Y2D   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET


you said on tape that you didn't want to be Gov for the next 2 years?

what are you fighting for?

Don   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

If he had been in Springfield today, he would have heard this (quoted from the Tribune)
UPDATE at 3:37 p.m.

The first witness in the impeachment trial is John Scully, a former federal prosecutor with 25 years in the U.S. Department of Justice. His testimony is aimed at explaining the difficulty of getting approval for covert recording like the wiretaps and bugs used by federal investigators against the governor.

Scully is a veteran of multiple major federal criminal cases, including the Family Secrets mob trial. He is being questioned by Michael Kasper, a deputy prosecutor for the House.

UPDATE at 4:15 p.m.

Kasper is taking former prosecutor Scully through a lengthy explanation of the care that federal agents use when secretly recording the target of a criminal investigation.

Scully told of multiple layers in which federal authorities check to make sure the use of bugs and wiretaps will meet the high standard necessary for judicial authority.

"The seeking of this authority is not typical in most federal cases," Scully told senators. He explained that federal authorities must determine that bugs or wiretaps are necessary to intercept private conversations.

Still no word on when senators will get to hear the excerpted recordings of Blagojevich that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and a federal judge have okayed lawmakers to use in the impeachment trial. That's not likely to come until after senators hear from FBI Special Agent Dan Cain.

Have Larry ask the Governor why his approval rating is lower than Bush's was? Why he was not invited to speak at the Democratic Convention? His subordinates have already pled guilty to "pay to play". He has been identified as "individual A."

Fitzgerald made it clear he was going public now with an incomplete case only to prevent the sale of the senate seat.

debbie   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

There are so many terrible things going on these days. I'm not from Illinois, give the guy a break He seems like an ok guy.

John   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET


I think we should give Glago benefit of the doubt. Why shouldn't the entire tapes be released? We should give him a fair chance to prove his innocence.

I don't think he's a great governor, but he doens't deserve to be locked up.

RON   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET


Matt Robert   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Gov. Blagovich,
I am a state of Illinois worker and I am wondering why every employee in the State of Illinois has to take an ethics test every year EXCEPT for you. With 2 past govenors (and possibly a third) do you not believe if anybody in this state needs an ethics test, it is the govenor of this state?

Jean   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I'm from Chgo and I think the Senate should allow
Blagojevich to present his case, what happened to
everyone is innocent until PROVEN guilty??

I Support him!

Cathy   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

How do you justify taking 17% of umemployment from the people of Illinois? The rates on the employers have not been cut by a cent.

Cyril Ajayi   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I might not know too much about how the system works but I honestly feel that the Governor's requests for ALL of the tapes to be listened to so that interpretations are made in the right context is honoured. Let all of the tapes be listened to and not simply short snippets.

Brandy   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Far away from their districts...what a laugh! Chicago elected you, not the entire state. As long as a candidate has Chicago wrapped up, they will win hands down. Chicago is not the entire population!

Tom wagner   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Your letting this scumbag go. Besides the senate seat issue, the bill of impeachment contains eight other charges which have nothing to do with the criminal complaint. You guys didn't do your homework and let this guy off easy. You never put his feet to the fire. This guy's BS goes back years, not to Dec. 9. Now your getting into it - Wrigley Field, Children's Memorial Hospitla. Don't let him BS you!!!

joe   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Why are your chief of staffs quitting? Please answer

Janelle   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

You are innocent!!

You have done so many amzing improvements in Illinois..I hope you stay around.

-CPS High School Student

Barb   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Who paid for this trip today to be on all the TV shows?

steve   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

would it be more politicaly correct for you to step down as governor so that this distraction in the political process in ill can proceed?

Nancy Gillett   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Thank you to Illinois Gov Blagojevich for raising concerns of the federal government ignoring his Consitutional liberties in the pursuit of prosecuting this case, which seems to be railroading an innocent man to me!

michele shields   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

do you feel that the quotes taken from the tapes show lack of integrity or honesty? why would you need to listen to the intirety of the tapes to answer if these allegations are within your character.

Josh   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Why put Blagojevich up for impeachment ehen the court has not even convicted him yet.

Aleksandra Cvjeticanin   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Why was he was worried about how to present the offer to Winfrey?

April   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

As a Chicagoan and a democrat I've been shocked in the past years by the lack of support the democratic legislature in Illinois has given Blagojevich's progressive plans.
He created a department to fight for women to get equal pay, provided services to prevent woman's cancer, got senior citizen's free CTA rides, got healthcare for children, etc. These are all things that our legislature didn't support and Blagojevich got done for us.
It doesn't surprise me at all the conservative Tribune would do what it could to roast him.

Valentin   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Angel, let's see if freedom of true in the US........

Carol Parker (state worker)   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The governor is right that state employees were mad about having to take this exam. It is not because we don't want to take the test. It's because we feel that we are not the people benefiting from unethical actions. We are not the ones getting free lunches, campaign contributions, free airplanes, chauffeurs, media coverage, etc. We are also not the people whose name is plastered all over every piece of printing done for the state or tollway plazas, which have to be replaced and recycled when the leadership changes for many millions of dollars. We were raised to be ethical and it stuck.

Terry Gump   January 26th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I forgot to say that I am a resident of southern Illinois.

Steve D   January 26th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

That was a lesson in politician-speak if I ever saw one.

Joseph   January 26th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

to me i think they dont have any evidence against Ill Gov. they should have waited until the seat is sold. that is when they could go ahead and prosecute him. again, if they found him of any wrong doing that means the man he sent to senate to replace obama should be called back.

Tom   January 26th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Impeachment is a political process not a legal proceeding. The rules are different. The standard is abuse of power or other crimes and misdemeanors. Have your read the transcripts from the federal prosecutor? This is a no brainer! They have him on tape on numerous occasions. It won't be the selling of the senate seat that they put him away for. Fitzgerald just couldn't wait any longer; otherwise, Blago would have sold it.

mark my words....he is going up the river on the extortion involving the Children's Hospital!

Thanks Chicago, Dupage and Will Counties! I think you were the only 3 counties that this guy carried during his reelection campaign.

Kristopher Galicia   January 26th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

First of all the Larry King live is a great show because it's live and allows you to fairly judge the character of a person in this case governor Blagojevich. As the fairly minded person that I am, I believe the governors statements tonight and I hope the rest of the American Public feels the same! To take away his job and lively hood for no reason other than over exaggerated negatism from the media would be highly unamerican! It would be disappointing as the American citizen that I am in my country. I would loose trust in the American government of today.

W.H. (Bill) Coleman   January 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

We are watching your interview with Gov. Blavonovich (sp?) You are to be commended on your neutral position. Hopefully everyone will bear in mind the policy of this country which holds that all are innocent until proven guilty and the Gov. should be no exception.

Mary Lou   January 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I feel the point is being missed that the sale of Obama's senate seat is not the only issue the people of Illinois are disturbed about. For instance, the millions of dollars that were transferred from the Dept. of Natural Resources into another fund. It has since been determined that this was illegal. 2009 marks the year of Lincoln's 200th. birthday and due to lack of funds, many of our state parks and attractions are closed.
Also, the movement of Springfield state jobs to southern Illinois for no apparent reason other than I'm sure that someone bought them.
Blago also doesn't attend impportant events in Springfield, such as the State Fair Parade, the Lincoln Day Breakfast and many others. It is bad enough he doesn't live in the beautiful mansion. He chose long before these allegations not to live in Springfield with the reason being his wife works in mention of his children living behind gates. The Illinois taxpayers pay for his commute from Chicago. Why couldn't his wife commute on their expense.
Living just outside of Springfield and seeing what has gone on during his governorship, I am only mentioning a few issues. We want him gone!

Janet   January 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Mr. Blagojevich , you may want to review the results of the last election. You seem to forget how close the election was and how many citizens of Illinois voted against you. I have no idea what will happen in the future with your criminal case, but in the mean time you are of no use to the state of Illinois. If you were looking out for our best interest you would have resigned when you were charged and allowed the state to move on. I agree with you that many of the programs started while you have been in office have been good, but you forgot to find a way to pay for the programs.

nate   January 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

so just answer the question straightforward, did you try to sell obama's seat?

Carol   January 26th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Blago is right about one thing...7% approval rating may not be correct. I've actually heard 4%. In Springfield, it is 0%. Blago continuously attempts to tout his so-called accomplishments, but the reality is, there was and is no money to pay for his expanded healthcare program, which he enlarged outside of the confines of the legislature, or per the will of the people. The free transportation rides for seniors has only benefitted those who use the Chicago Transit Authority, and they have suffered financially because of Blago's attempt to grab publicity. If this was so great, why did Daley refer to his as "cuckoo." As for him not raising taxes, last year he proposed the largest tax increase in Illinois history, a gross receipt tax, which was embarrassingly defeated by the legislature. I cannot think of one good thing this man has done. The only reason he was re-elected in 2004 was due to Chicago. He purposely focuses his media-grabbing attention toward African Americans, who make up a good percentage of whatever approval rating remains. He used the race card to put in Burris, a lackluster bureaucrat who has lost statewide election for governor and senator. This man is vindictive and egotistical. We, in Illinois, especially in Springfield who follow State politics closely, could go on for days listing this man's affronts to the people of Illinois. If Illinois voters are guilty of anything, it is of apathy of many, and the corrupt Chicago machine that runs the entire state. When Blago goes down, many will go down with him.

If you buy his line that he did not mean to sell the State senate, you have not followed Illinois politics the past 5 years. This man will make Ryan look like a choirboy!

candy harley   January 26th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I live in ILL. Rod's making a lot of noise and not saying a thing!

Lori (Illinois)   January 26th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

April, of course you would be shocked by the lack of support of the democratic legislatures for Blgojevich's plans. Your from Chicago and most of the plans benefited residents in Chicago.

The senior citizen's free CTA rides are only for residents in the Chicago area. I even know a senior citizen who is working, making very good money and is riding Metra for free (their ticket is over $150.00 a month). For the rest of the state the free rides are only for those who the state classifies as "poor" or they don't have the buses.

richard   January 26th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Desperation is a pitiful thing, I'm a little confused, is the (soon to be ex) governor campaigning or just feeling sorry for himself? for him to portray himself as the victim is laughable, wait until he goes to state prison, if he thinks hes a victim NOW!

kerry   January 26th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

actually, i was favorably impressed with gov. blagojevich. how many of us could survive the scrutiny he has endured?? it sounds as if he has done a lot for illinois, and in the end it may be that this proves to be a lynching by an overly sanctimonious media.

Janet   January 26th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

It seems, to me, that the Governor has held the people of Illinois
hostage for the last two years. He stays in Chicago, which is fine
but commutes back and forth by plane whenever he wishes to
Springfield. He calls a Special Session, then doesn't show up.
He has closed many State Parks, etc.
So what if we have our taxes raised, which hasn't been done for
several years, Illinois needs to pay bills. Bills have been piling up for
Hospitals, Drs, Nursing Homes, etc.
He said if he thought the citizens of Illinois were suffering he would
resign. Well we have been suffering for a long time.
Thanks, very informative show.

Sue Farrell   January 26th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

When Blagojevich says he has not raised taxes–what he means is he has done it in a round about way by raising almost all fees the state charges plus creating new ones since he has been in office. The sooner is no longer our gov. the better.

Eric   January 26th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Who is paying for his trip to do this media blitz in NY?

Debbie   January 26th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

I'd also like to know how he feels just because he did some wonderful things this somehow cancels out any unethical or criminal behavior? What other potential criminal gets off because they may have also done some wonderful things. Great way to deflect the attention on the behavior we are questioning. If he thinks this makes it ok then he does have serious problems.

Douglas L. Sakiestewa   January 26th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Honorable Governor of Ilinois: You are innocent until proven guilty in the USA. Stay up straight and we will hear you explanation. I have had so many unrecorded talks with people about how America mistreated Native Americans, and if I were recorded some idiot would find snippets to hang me because I cursed and puffed at early settlers treatment of my people. Does that make me guilty? You never used the phrases "for sale" or 'highest bidder" as media laches on to. DId the FBI or US. Attorney say that. How timely before new President gets into office. I wonder!

alex vlad   January 26th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

very impressing young man, unfortunately for him and for majority of low income people in Illinois he will be forced out of the position he was voted is very sad to see that our country becomes more and more a communist nation, our liberties are in existent... this guy is effectively burned on the cross like the time they had inquisition in France...
People are very not stupid Larry we see how this politicians are trowing the presumption of innocence down the toilet ....Half taped statements????? this is ridiculous, I hope this young man will win in the criminal case and once with that he will be reimbursed properly with complete apologize from all the senate members and the media...
I would like you or some other reporter on CNN to research if what he is saing is true about the old people traveling for free in chicago and if he did all those things about the breast cancer and importing medicine from Canada...if that is true and he helped doing that for the low income people, than this guy is a hero and he should take credit for those things and media should congratulate him. good show, but very said....

Kathy   January 26th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Larry, Ask the gov. if he's ging to fight,fight,fight, whyis he on tv instead of in front of the Senate fighting????????????? Also why does my husband bring home less on his paycheck since he took office??? I watched your program and in 1 hour you took 2 phone calls and 1 blog. People were waiting on the phone and emailed you and you just ignored them all. I thought you would have went after him harder than you did. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!! in your show tonight. I watch you everytime your on, but that will change. Give the people of Illinois a chance to speak and you didn't!!!

Carol   January 26th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

By the way, on the Larry King Show, Blago kept saying ad nauseum that he's not getting a fair trial by the Senate during the impeachment. For one, the impeachment trial is basically a "job review" not a criminal trial, which calls for a much less standard level of evidence. Blago contradicted himself on the show by on one hand saying it was appropriate to not allow testimony in when it could taint a criminal trial, but yet, he's not being allowed to call people as witnesses. Obviously the people he wants to call are people whose testimony is critical to the criminal case.

As for Blago choosing Oprah because she was helpful to Obama, what about what is best for the citizens of Illinois? She's an entertainer with no government experience. What could she have done for us but be a yes-woman for Obama?

This guy has been extremely jealous of Obama, because Obama is where he planned to be. I didn't vote for Obama – for one reason, he was politically born from the Chicago political machine, and only served a short time as senator and voted "present" a good percentage of the time while campaigning for higher office. It will not be a surprise if, during Blago's criminal trial, that we will hear more info. about Obama, Emmanuel and others. But, Blago is wanting to taint Obama in any way. Even if Obama has been totally upfront and honorable in all his past service, Blago is wanting to hurt the one who "beat him out."

Blago is extremely vindictive, and people especially in downstate Illinois and the State capitol, are well aware of the lenghths he will go to in order to get back at those who he feels wronged him. He has NO shame.

Pramod Anand   January 26th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

The case against Blagoevich is only political. It has nothing to do with law enforcement. The U S Attorney who is leading the charge against governor is Republican appointee. This attorney failed in his attempt to indict an obvious felon Rove because of his politics. (What a surprise!).He is now attempting to dismantle the Democratic Machine in Illinois. The U S atty is being abetted in this effort by a well known Republican newspaper – Chicago Tribune. The Illinois legislature which is dominated by Democrats is behaving worse than all fascists and is conducting a Kangaroo court to oust a radioactive Governor. This has to be America at its best! (sic).

Doug Bearup   January 26th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

A s a citizen of Illinois, I was very happy to see the governor finally say something about everything that has happened. I understood everything he said perfectly and he did not appear to be "Koo Koo" in anyway. I live in Springfield, know fully well what goes on in politics here and am well aware that all the statements made by the Governor could be absolutely correct knowing Illinois lawmakers. After hearing him speak tonight I now understand many things that until now didn't make sense and I understand what he is doing. I will be watching and wish him the best of luck in his endeavor. There are 2 of us here in Springfield who will be laughing with the "Gov" and not at him.
Doug Bearup

Lola   January 26th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Wow, is this Watergate all over again.
I find the Governor to be very evasive to most of your questions.
Maybe it's just time for him to move on with his life.
The drama is just too much for me to endure.
I can only imagine what the folks in Illinois are thinking about this
media blitz.
Give me a break!!!!
Good question, Who is paying for this trip for him to be all over the
TV today and just think he still is not finished, just heard he is going to be on Night Line too. When is this man going to go to sleep...this has been going on literally all day. Whew..enough is enough!!!!

Lori (Illinois)   January 26th, 2009 10:25 pm ET


Governor Blagojevich would have never ran for President. He couldn't run the country from Chicago and he couldn't leave Chicago.

Elsa   January 26th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

If Rod blagojevich is so interested in telling his side of the story why isn't he in Springfield today instead of making the rounds on tv. Why didn't his lawyers just obtain affidavits from his so called "witnessess" that he is so adamant about. If he is truly innocent as he says, bring on the affidavits and why not answer the question Barbara Walters kept asking him today as well as Diane Sawyer. He just kept evading the answers and talked about his so called witnesses that he was not allowed to bring to the impeachment trial. He kept missing the deadline to respond because he truly has no defense. He appears to be guilty as charged to me. I hope he either resigns or is impeached asap. Illinois needs to get its dignity back. The only other persons we have to get rid of now is Mayor Daly who is another crook who cannot speak or spell for that matter and Roland Burris who was appointed to the senate seat by Blago!!!

John   January 26th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Gov. of Illinois should be given a chance to defend himself fairly and not be a subject of a witch hunt. Remember my state of Illinois had sent many innocent people to Death Row. We have to let all the facts come forward before passing judgement. In the end he may be guilty /innocent let not forget what makes this country so great that we all are presumed innocent.

Judith   January 26th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Let's put it this way Larry,Everyone knows that no matter what kind of job ones have as in a business says 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours'.How many have cross the line that were too slick to get caught?Ones that are sloppy get caught so what is happening really isn't shocking.

Alex & Fay Churovich   January 26th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

We think he has done a lot for the average person in this state. It is sad that so many people are followers and goes with the tide rather than being willing to stand alone for idea or cause. The average man will have lost a governor that did a lot for them if he is removed from office and he probably will. I sincerely hope that he has been luck at his criminal trail.

Carol   January 26th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

I agree with Christine McVea. I am ashamed of our state legislature too, and they are almost as must to blame in this whole mess. The ONLY reason we are at the point of impeachment and getting rid of the governor is because Obama is tied in to the allegations. I seriously believe that if the Senate seat had belonged to someone who had died and resigned, and Blago tried to make money off of it, we'd hear the normal outrage in newspapers and media in Illinois, but Blago would be allowed to continue to hurt the people of Illinois with no end in sight. Emil Jones, retired Senate president, is nearly as culpable as Blago concerning the mess our state is in.

Diana, Rockton IL   January 26th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

It seems to me that most of the people who thinks Rod is being railroaded are NOT from Illinois. Those of us who live here have been hearing, reading, or seeing with our own eyes the abuses of power for years. Everything from little stuff to the big stuff the rest of the country gets to see. In his defense, he can't help it. He just has this egotistical power trip going on. Perhaps you people from the other states can offer him a job. Guaranteed he won't find work here in Illinois. I wouldn't even buy a hamburger from him.

Carol   January 26th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

I'm an "average woman." What exactly has Blago done for me? If you think Blago has done anything for the "common man", you obviously have not followed Illinois politics closely since 2002. It's this kind of naivete, ignorance and apathy that allowed Blago a second term.

terry   January 26th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

Larry, your interviews are intriguing, but tonight I do disagree with your showing the rather harsh comedy skits to Gov. Blagojevich. What kind of a response is cnn looking for from the Gov. a shocking one? Nobody, should be humiliated on national tv, be it a citizen, Gov., President, Royalty. I think it would be better to be more considerate in this regard. Sometimes if we turn the tables, and we were the target of crude jokes. How would we feel being subjected to this and not found guilty on any counts. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts.

Joan Douglas   January 26th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

As one could expect, LK did a fine job interviewing the Governor of Illinois.
Surprisingly, as one who was apalled at the news accounts of what transpired (and one who, as many others, rushed to accept them), I now suspect that the Governor was conducting business in the way, and in the jargon that has long been the custom of Chicago/Ilinois politics- according to personal stories from Chicago/Ill – whether for jobs for political aspirants, U.S. postal employees, city workers, state workers, or teachers.
From what I observed of reports of Chicago/Illinois folks, the politics of their city and state (as is the case in a significant number of other locales) embodies a range of blatant and vulgar (approaching illegal) political advances (including the exchange of "favors" (selling) for political position) that most city and state governments would soften with a cloak of finer cloth.
The Governor's greatest fault, it seems, is that he has crudely pulled the blanket off of the real politics of his state and most populous city.
The legislature reaction appears to be dishonest, defensive and aimed at getting even with their Governor for his independence from this body. The Governor is seems crudely bold, but honest. He gives "maverick" imaginative dimension!
P.S. With importance of the issues at hand, concern with the Governor's hair seem juvenile!

sandra vanderwood   January 26th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

Let Blagojevich present his defence. If he is not guilty of the crass media coverage of him then what an injustice has been done to him. He is even being laughed at which is so cruel.

He deserves to be heard in a court of law. Where all material including the tapes can be presented. Could it be that he has been accused injustly? Bits and pieces of the tapes taken out of context? How will anyone know unless he can defend himself.

I was even suprised that Anderson Cooper laughed heartily at Blagojevich's day in front of the media. It appears as if AC has already convicted him.

The presentation by CNN of the short clip of Blaojevich's day was greatly taken out of context as presented on AC360. He seems to be great sport even of the so-called presenters whom I thought were fair-minded. All except Larry King. Good ole Larry, who treated him with respect.

I don't know if Blagojevich is guilty of selling Omaba's senate seat or not. Let's hear all the evidence. Especially from Blagoevich's side.
He is being tried and charged in the media unfairly.

Vinny   January 26th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

It is not yet proven if the Governor has done really wrong. I am neither against him nor in his support but in the regime of our great President Obama, I think every citizen deserves a fair chance to prove if he or she is innocent. We should reserve our opinions and judgments till the charges/allegations are proven right. As of now it is only a lot of hoohaha going on in the media without anything proven. I hope CNN will find out the real truth behind the whole matter and put it in the right perspective unlike some folks who just want to cash in on the heat of the moment.

Debbie   January 27th, 2009 12:12 am ET

These people saying "give him a break" and wait until court...yes, you are innocent & out free until you go to court & are found guilty but that does not mean you are not guilty & just waiting to have your day in court to find out so! The prosecutors are not going to do this without good evidence. They would be in so much trouble and their names would be on the line. If they really want this guy...they will wait until they have the goods to do so!

Debbie   January 27th, 2009 12:16 am ET

He doesn't know if he said that? he related to Oliver North?! What else does he not KNOW if he said on anything in the last 8 yrs! GEEZ!

Rosalind   January 27th, 2009 12:16 am ET

Gov. Blagojevich keeps saying he was doing what was right for the State of Illinois, is he saying he was selling the seat for the benefit of the State?

gary long   January 27th, 2009 12:18 am ET

im a proud member of afscme council 31 local 401 and want to know what you are going to do with my pension that you want to dip into everytime you want to start another feel good program are you going to spend it all before i can retire

Debbie   January 27th, 2009 12:25 am ET

"Had I know if someone was listening I would not have used those words" Well H. No...who would incriminate themselves knowingly? What does that mean? Nothing...means it was wrong! Geez...Ok, so he is not a total moron but just a bit less than total!

Ron Lambert   January 27th, 2009 12:25 am ET

As a former prosecutor, how often did Blagojevich discount or discredit the very same excuses and rationalizations that he now personally offers as credible reasoning on his part?

Dale   January 27th, 2009 12:39 am ET

A very Wise man once said "An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!" This man was MLK.
If this country truly believes that you are INNOCENT until PROVEN GUILTY in a court of Law, by a jury of his/her piers. This would not be happening.
The men and women behind this need to be brought up on charges of TREASON against the very founding priciples of this country.


Mary from MN.   January 27th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Federal courts has been prosecuting millions of people on just conspiracy alone. Do Blagojevich feel that the tapes are not evidence of conspiracy? Millions of people were sent to prison for conspiracy alone due to taped recorded conversations. Why do he feel he could be different?

KarenO'Brien   January 27th, 2009 12:46 am ET

I watched the interview with Governor Blogojevich . I agree with the woman who called in from ILLINOIS who believes his media blitz today was just a way to taint future jurors who will be used in his criminal trial. Thank God this beady eyed Con Man finally got caught.

Tonya from Illinois   January 27th, 2009 12:47 am ET

While I agree with Gov. Blagojevich regarding the presumption of innocence of a person accused of a crime in the United States, I have to say that I find all of the recent posturing on national television to be nothing more than an attempt by the Governor to argue for a change of venue in his criminal case. He has stated many times that he cannot receive a fair trial in Illinois, but he isn't in Illinois. He is taking his show on the road and hoping that the less informed citizens will not have heard of him or his taped conversations that were released after his indictment. Let us hope that in some small burb in the U.S. that are some folks who don't already have an opinion regarding his actions so that he can have that *fair* trial that he is asking for.

He also has stated that he didn't know that his conversations on his home phone were being taped. On Dec. 8th, in a press conference in Chicago, Gov. Blagojevich invited those accusing him to tape his conversations. Are we really to believe that an ex-prosecutor didn't know that his home phones could and would be tapped? From what I saw on T.V. today was a man *acting* surprised that his private conversations could be subpoenaed, recorded, and used against him in a court of law. Not that good of an actor, Guv.

The other comment to come out of the "Blago Show" today is his comparison of himself to Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ghandi. Does he really think that what his has done, one way or the other, really puts him in a class with leaders who fought with their lives and freedom to right some of societies great wrongs? Going head-to-head with state legislatures should not be compared to what these other great men have done for mankind. Were he realistically be listed among these men would only diminish the sacrifices that they made for all!!!!!!!!!!

Arthur Roughley   January 27th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Is the governor's trip being paid by him or with State of Illinois funds?

roosevelt evans III   January 27th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Quid Pro Quo is the essence of politics and business. If Rahm Emmanuel and others are not guilty of any wrongdoing then how is the governeor guilty of wrongdoing? I like Blaogjevich!

denise   January 27th, 2009 12:59 am ET

I would like to donate to the attorney fund? Where might I do this?

I'm from Chicago, and Blagojevich is telling the truth

Lisa in TX   January 27th, 2009 1:05 am ET

Blagojevich is right on. The lynch mob that is after him just want him out because he is a Robin Hood. ... If that overheard conversation was to favor a corporate interest (instead of social programs) we wouldn't be hearing about this. Keep fighting Blago!

Anne   January 27th, 2009 1:06 am ET

Give him a fair chance to proof his innocence – it's the American way, don't destroy or judge him guilty unless the facts are all in the open and proven guilt.

Scott Miles   January 27th, 2009 1:07 am ET

I felt badly for Gov. Blagojevich having to watch that montage of commedians making fun of him so viciously. He may have done some dishonorable things, but he is not evil and he's still a human being. I can tell he was hurt by the clips. Was it really necessary to show him that?

Lori   January 27th, 2009 1:12 am ET

What a slap in the face to Illinois voters when the Governor said that he more than any other elected official represents the entire state because he was elected by all the people and Senators and Reps are representatives of small pockets of people who don't even know who their congressmen are. I know who represents me and it's not Rod Blagojevich. He clearly has a very high opinion of himself. If he really believes he should do what the people of Illinois want he should step down now.

Tito   January 27th, 2009 1:18 am ET

What if Blagojevich is innocent? What if it's just all an ambush? It makes you question our legal system. Our system isn't corrupt? Everyone in our government is just an honest machine. Why can't he prove his case? Why does the Senate not have to prove that they are right? As a US citizen, are we not allowed a fair trial? What is happening to our nation? It is falling apart piece by piece, law by law, rights by rights. What's next? Guns, religion, SPEECH!
This is ridiculous. I am scared for my children's future. You see senators, congressmen, reps, governors getting caught up in a felonious scandal all the time in the news. They are treating Blagojevich like they are pure angels. The hypocrisy makes you wonder whom to trust.

Sharyl   January 27th, 2009 1:23 am ET

Rod Blagojevich uses the state and its funds to benefit himself, as like when running for gov the second time, he designed a plan for the foster child of Illinois, this would benefit mostly the ones in Chicago due to the overwhelming of children in foster care there. Blagojevich would offer $2,000 per child if you adopted them, In the eyes for Rod, the Illinois citizens would see that thousands of children were taken out of foster care and adopted, thus releaving the state of the funding of paying foster care. Made him look good and give the Chicagoens extra cash, four children $8,000. Ok, but what he did not say was, really he was just flippin the cards, they are so called not states responsiblity anymore, but what the citizens did not know, is the state was still responsible for those thousands of children. Those foster parents switched adopted parents continued to receive money for those children until they are 18, and the state was still ultimately responsible for them. So the only thing Rod did was pretend that he took care of a problem in the foster care system. Actually thousands of those children came back into the foster care system because when the big money was gone and they were tired of the kids, they gave them back to the state, because the state was actually still responsible for them. They still received there monthly funds for those children and medical cards for them even when they quote were adopted. What did the state give up nothing but alot of money to the Chicago area.
Lets talk about the movement of the Il dept of transportation, I attended the hearing on that, it was very interesting that Rod did not show up for that one either. Considering he left others responsible for trying to cover up his wants and pay to play games. The lady from the CMS whom eventually had to say "Because Rod said too. " was removed from her job at CMS and demoted to Unemployment.
division. Rod wanted to move jobs causing hundred out of jobs, which had alot of disabled working at IDOT. They could not move, and Rod knew that, he did not care about the disabled going to be out of a job, let alone the rest of hundreds of people whom have had to be laid off because of the budget that Rod uses as a tool, be nice or else you get nothing.
Mr Daniel Hynes is in charge at the comptollers office, and when Mr Hynes stood up to Rod and said what needed to be done in order to move forward, Rod did not like it, so guess whos budget has been slashed almost in half, correct the comptollers office budget, in two years the budget together has been cut in half, all because Mr Hynes whom stood up to Rod. This is done to punish Mr Hynes for stating the true facts and not allowing Rod to drain the finances without a budget in place. Which is the law that Rod wanted to ignore because he was the gov. and you do as I say or be punished.
Rod has elected not to speak to the citizens of Illinois but does elect to go on all these talk show to get sympathy. I can not count how many times Rod has snubbed his nose to the reporters or stated he had nothing to say. He has not answered to any of the Citizens of Illinois. He is in office to represent us, but he does not speak to us or allow the citizens to question him, because we do not need to know. He has never answered to any of the things he has done wrong.
He takes jobs away and he states he is making jobs. How do you go out of the country for drug, you are taking away money for our state and country. What about those flu shots you purchased out of the country, we had to pay for those and it was big money and then they could not be brought into the country. How is that saving the state money? How is that giving the state more jobs? That is taking away from Illinois and USA.

Anne   January 27th, 2009 1:31 am ET

So Rod collects his salary while he vetos state budgets which means anyone who has a contract with the state is left without pay while he messes things up and ties up the budget every summer for a few months. What happened to RB saying that when it reaches a point that he can't effectively govern, he will resign? He reached that point long ago. Children's Hospital, Edward's Hospital, early intervention service providers for children with special needs don't get paid on time, and how many other things,...but you can bet RB gets paid on time and spends taxpayers $$$ flying back and forth to Springfield and now NY.

Get real, there are many signs of behaviors consistent with instability in RB.

The impeachment is a political process, not a criminal process. This is about the reality of 8 years of RB abusing the power of his office; and getting paid by the taxpayers to do be abusive. What's up with the statement about Oprah's "bully pulpit"? He's using the media to bully the residents of IL and whine. Grow up RB and take responsibility for your actions! I'm disappointed LK didn't hold RB accountable for consistently avoiding answering questions during the interview. RB's behaviors can't even be described as laughable, just plain sad!

Anne   January 27th, 2009 1:34 am ET

Tito...the impeachment isn't about criminal's about abuse of power and that is what has clearly been happening for years. How does RB claim the voters elected him twice...yes, that is a fact. However, has he not realized how low his ratings are with those same voters?

Sharyl   January 27th, 2009 1:45 am ET

I do have a question, for those who ask give him a fair chance, how long is fair, the state is in trouble now, do we keep him in and not take care of the issues, or do we get him out and start to rebuild the state. What most people are not told is the state is having to get loans to pay bills, because Rod has not appropiated the budget correctly. And half the year is just over. So that means Rod did not budget right. This is so he can fund the things he wants and makes him look good in some eyes, but others know he is wrong In order to change things you have to start at the top and work your way down. Rod is at the top and it has taken a few years to get the legislature going. You know, a person can only take so much. The senators and Legislatures phones have been ring off the hooks. The CITIZENS of Illinois (Springfield, Bloomington, Quincy, Carlinville, Peoria, Litchfield, Marion, Belleville and many more cities of Illinois are requesting this be done). When you have someone whom is elected, and are suppost to represent you, and could care less if you have a home to live in, taking jobs away and causing all kinds of hard ship its time for them to go. I am sure he has pleased a few, but that does not account for the millions who he is taking from. He can not even explain himself to anyone. He always skirts around the questions. Never can directly answer for himself. Its time to go.. I know the state is in need of some relief from him and his tantrums too.

Rose   January 27th, 2009 3:51 am ET

What was the point of having Gov. Blago on any show when everyone’s mind is made up that he is guilty?

Don't you think there's something wrong with arresting someone then making a public appeal for people to come forth and give us information to make a case? Then asking a court for 90 more days to make a case?

Oh yeah, police stop crime and catch criminals, States Attorney's prosecute crime.

Don't you see anything wrong with an entire City Council that does whatever a Mayor wants to do including selling off all the city revenue to companies affiliated with the Mayor's family and friends?

Don't you see anything wrong with an Attorney General who brings disability charges against anybody without a doctors' evaluation?

I don't doubt that Blago did something that wasn't honest but that's Illinois politics. Illinois has always been run by crooks and gangsters and anybody who has come between their crooked ways has had hell to pay, (Burke, Mell, Vrdolyak, Kerner, Powell, Walker and the list goes on, go look at Council wars during Harold Washington being Mayor now that was shameful.) Then there's a long list that get rich by not bucking the boys to hell with the people elected me. There's also a long list of everybody knows the have enriched themselves at the taxpayers expense but no one says anything because they are all friends and dance to the same piper.

The "True Shame" of this whole thing is that the criminals have taken the public airwaves and ordinarily clear thinking people are passing judgment with tainted info and they have
taken the justice system hostage and they are holding court instead of just "rubbing him out" Chicago style.

The majority of Chicago's politicians, State, County and City go along to get along. The people get zip unless someone goes outside the good old boy systems. You can count the Illinois politicians on 1 hand that need to be retained and the rest need to be wire tapped, arrested and kicked out of office.

They said the taxpayers wouldn't have to pay for the Olympics now the City council is voting on how they are going to screw us again. Highest sales tax in the country in Cook county and
they want to make a billion dollar loan and won't account for the spending of the increased tax revenue. Ill is a hellhole.

Watch Walsh builders closely, they get all the city building contracts in Chicago, now I'd be willing to bet they get the Olympic Village, but the real boom is Arnie Duncan in Washington. Walsh already builds all the Renaissance 2010 schools in Chicago and now they will build schools nationwide. Will someone tell them buildings don't educate children?

Why would a judge allow wiretapping Blago? Oh yeah I remember Chicago is the city of the Greylord investigation and prosecution of corrupt judges!

Bob   January 27th, 2009 4:02 am ET


I'm a fan of your show but this was done in the worste taste ever. He is not a punching bag for cheap shots. TV clips, etc. The process should be a civil speady process of law and justice. I'm not a fan of Blago or IL politics but you have lowered your standards and that of all media.

Ervin   January 27th, 2009 6:03 am ET

He looked so guilty during the whole interview. He is talking about the opportunity to prove himself unguilty. Well, the interview was one chance to do so for the general public. I think he failed and I will not be surprised if he is found guilty...

Vangeli   January 27th, 2009 7:53 am ET


My Governor is innocent simple. It is so crazy that you don't see it people. I mean look at the "power" in Illinois trying to push him out! Since the charge was brought against him "they" have convicted him with out a trial and jury. Come on Illinois wake up !!!!!!!!! Were is the compassion for a fellow serving us in the states highest office????

So quick to judge? Lets hear the man they need to give him a chance!!

Marsha Christ   January 27th, 2009 9:04 am ET

I would just like to know if Gov. Blagojevich has sought professional help for his mental health issues i.e., his dullusion and inability to take responsibility for his actions? I would also like to know if the Gov. found another lawyer to represent him since the other one quit.

Lita   January 27th, 2009 9:59 am ET

It`s time to shed out corrupt officials. He`s just caught on tape and that is enough proof for corruption charges. But he has many more previous charges too as the previous officials convicted. So, go for the jail Mr Governor !!!

Shankerprasad S Bhatt M.Com fron India Now in USA   January 27th, 2009 10:58 am ET

I think this is the demcratic way which media is adopting
This political war ought to be settles by the high politicians otherwise it will affect the face of the political party
I worked with the political parties in India.When any ac t is done by any officer or elected members then everybody is given a chance to represent otherwse it will be challenged in the court
This is the procedure that I observed in India
let this be over peacefully for the interests of the people of the State of Illinois.

S S Bhatt

David Dansby   January 27th, 2009 11:05 am ET

Publishing only parts of the tapes is deceptive and unfair.
Everybody is entitled to fairness.
the impeachmenttrial should be delayed until after the criminal trial isconcluded.
The whole process is unfair, including the biased media coverage.
The accusers have held press conferences. and has sought to gain advantages by going to the media.
Why are all theTalk-show hosts criticizing the Governor for respondong in the media ?
This is not Stalinist Russia.
Or is it ?

Jamie   January 27th, 2009 11:58 am ET

Blago was not elected by the state of Illinois, he was elected by Cook county. They are a bunch of corrupt people.

Jamie from Springfield, IL.

Curt Anderson   January 27th, 2009 12:21 pm ET

Gov. Blogojevich when asked about his language, said that he apologizes for his choice of language "but then again, why should I apologize – I didn't know anybody was listening?"

It's because your character when your all alone is...your character. When you behave differently when others are "listening" you are what's known even in grade school as "two-faced". Gov. Blogojevich is being impeached as much because of his obviously appauling character as much as for any possible future criminal conviction.

Now, I've got to run – my wife's favorite lamp just broke in the living room where my son was playing. I presume he's innocent, of course.

Suzanne   January 27th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

After watching your show last night with Gov. of Illinois, i have to say i will wait to pass judgement! As a resident of Illinios most of my adult life...i have seen many a scandal! If the Gov. is not given due process of the law, then why is the state of Illinois entitled to it??? Remember?? ....."Innocent" until proven guilty! Politics as usual in America!

katie   January 27th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

How can he say hes been HELPING people of IL when he has been HURTING people who in grogercy stores as baggers and are OVER the curfew law age cause we have been LOSING 1 1/2hrs each night since that law was signed and also losing 2 hrs in federal holiday pay cause of it.So for people like me who is OVER the curfew law age and have been LOSING hours at night since that law was signed since we went from being there at midnight(close) to 10:30pm since that law was signed, so we are losing 365 days a yr times 1.5hrs 547.5 hours that baggers OVER the curfew law age are NOT GETTING and 366 times 1.5 549hrs in a leap yr.So How can you say you have been HELPING us working people of IL when you have been hurting the grogercy baggers over the curfew law age like me when you signed that law and let the grogercy stores get away with it cause we need every hour possible to pay for doctor visits,pills,blood tests,food,clothing,ect.So how can you say you are helping us people of IL when you have been hurting the Grogercy baggers OVER the curfew law age when you signed that curfew law and didn't leave it up to parents for the kids curfew instead.

Katie, 29 DuPage Country

Ed   January 27th, 2009 8:53 pm ET

Heard last night that he had an approval rating of 7. I think that's probably stretching it, there is no way he has that much family living in Illinios. I'm a Democrat and I can't wait untill they toss this crook out of Office. Move over George Ryan you've got company.

LaVerne M.   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

This is why Larry King is king of the interview! He is non-judgemental, "fair and balanced," and effective. Get rid of Campbell!

Tom   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey I was at the taping in Dover. It was nice of you to shake my son's hand. He talked about for a week to everybody. Good to see you back on the big screen. Tom

gene   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

hey larry question for mickey what wrestlers are training mickey for his big wrestlemania match. larryking and wwe lover

Robert S. Pierce   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Barfly is my favorite Rourke movie. Charles Bukowski-one of my favorites. Bukowski has a book titled "What matters most is how well you walk through the fire" Mickey Rourke has walked thru the fire, and he has done it very well. I would treasure a comment from Mr. Rourke

Lisa   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Give Gov. Blagojevich a chance. These acusations happened during the Bush era. He only did what he learned to do, and thats lobby. You know like the Good Old Boys. Anyways Obama precidency will not have such behavior. The Gov. knows that and will respect that.

Ron T   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Governor Blagojevich should resign before the heat is really turned up on him and he is further disgraced.

What a sad situation this is not only for the citizens of Illinois, but for everyone represented by elected officials.

Kate Haskin Moline Il   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Can the media PLEASE stop giving this crook the time of day? Why has he become this popular must have interview? You are playing into his hands...he's trying to splatter himself all over the TV so that finding an impartial jury in his trial will be impossible, thus making it a mistrial and sending him walking. I want nothing more than to see this guy in an orange jumpsuit!

Marcus Suttlar   January 27th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

The question that is not being asked is why didn't the investigators wait for a transaction to take place. If the governor did not actually offer the senate seat to anyone for money, where's the crime. This smells fishy to me. Unethical maybe, but definately not criminal.

Costa Hovris   January 27th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

"Years ago Mickey Rourke would have told Chris Jericho where to stick it but it's nice to see how much he's matured over the years and it clearly shows on his on-screen performance."

The Wrestler is the 21st century version of 9 1/2 Weeks...

Mary O'Neill   January 27th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Thanks to Mickey for demonstrating that it is never too late to recreate a new life.
All of the hard knocks and spiritual homework is worth it.
You are where you're suppost to be. No regrets.

Iman   January 27th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Did Chris Jericho just ask mickey rourke for a fight?? I wonder what's going to happen with that. Is Mickey gonna take that..?

Question to Mr. Jimmy Carter   January 28th, 2009 12:14 am ET

I would like to ask why wouldn't the American "DEMOCRATIC" government talk to Hamas?

Wasn't Hamas elected by the Palestinians in undisputed elections supervised by the UN?


Amy Schaub   January 28th, 2009 11:50 am ET

It is so great to have Mickey back, he has been greatly missed! I think it was COMPLETELY unfair and unjust of Chris Jericho to act out the way that he did and to try and rope Mickey into a live TV childish argument. I was proud of Mickey to take the high road on that one. Jericho was totally out of line and Mickey had already stated he was a visitor in their wrestling world with the filming and training for The Wrestler and he also had already expressed his respect for all of those athletes and their business. Jericho needs to learn the art of diplomacy and learn that at times like last night, he should not act as if he is in "the ring". Mickey has proved and continues to prove that he is better than that. Welcome Back Mickey!!!!!!

Nancy Neary   January 28th, 2009 11:54 am ET

Governor Blagojevich has run Illinois into the ground financially. He has skirted the legislature and put programs in place without any source of funding. He brags about free rides for seniors on the CTA but doesn't acknowledge how many millions of dollars this is costing the cash-strapped CTA. Eventually, this program, of necessity, will need to be discontinued.

Mayor Daley summed it up–when asked about the governor, the Mayor's only comment is "cuckoo".

Arindam Ghosh   January 29th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

In my opinion, a guest of a T.V. Show should be treated with dignity, doesn't matter if the guest is a Saint or a Satan, according to the host of the Show. I must say when Blagojevitch came to Larry King's Show Larry didn't just show his professionalism but showed another quality of his character. I felt that this quality was missing from Joy Behar of The View of ABC (for her action) and from Campbell Brown of No Bias No Bull of CNN (for her facial expressions), when they had the same person as their guest. That quality is nothing but good old "Class"

Terry   January 31st, 2009 8:51 pm ET

Hello Larry
My question is for Rod and any other elected person in our gov. today why you think we as American Tax Payers should have any compassion & or understanding in your fix. You took for granted the position given you. You tried to sell a gov. office and got caught, take your lick . I am sure it has been done before but you got caught, welcome to the real world. I am tired of this belief in our elected officials that they should be above the law. There was once a time that the job you had was respected. It is a shame what you are putting yourself , your family and we as Americans thru STOP.

Judy Burnett   January 31st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I would like to see facts in this case. Why is everything so hushed up? If this man is innocent I hope he can prove it. I am sick of people being politically railroaded and whistle blowers being branded as unethical or unpatriotic. If he is guilty where is the proof and why is it not out in the open?

dinah piggott   February 7th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Larry, are you kidding me – you didn't see Mickey in
Body Heat – you saw him and thought that guy is special
the sensitivity behind the tough guy a brandoesque
quality if ever there was one

His role in the Wrestler – nothing less than sensational
my husband and I left the theatre stunned
what a gifted actor
hope to see more of you in the future.

Tom (from Illinois)   June 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am from Illinois, and I don't know of anyone, Democrat or Republican who likes this guy (except his own wife). He implemented all of these programs but never provided the funding for them, except to steal money from the teacher's pension fund. He was elected twice by Illinois because he was the lesser of two evils, take a look at who ran against him the last two times. The state had a surplus of money when he came into office and now the state is in debt.

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