January 26, 2009

Monday's Live Show Blog

Posted: 08:08 PM ET

Did you miss Larry's interview with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich?  Here's a quick link with the story...(Here's the Video)

8:00 PM (all times eastern): since the face of the LKL Blog David Theall is in New York today, I'll be doing tonight's live blog.  I'm Michael Watts, an LKL supervising producer based in DC.  I've been reading your comments througout the day.  A lot of smart stuff in there.  It's been especially interesting to me how many Illionois residents have already chimed in.  Please continue adding your comments to this post, or the post below, and keep checking in through the end of the show for updates.

8:55  We're looking for some good questions from you for the governor tonight.  Please put them in and we'll get to as many as we can.

9:07  So the governor is saying one of the reasons he's not participating in the impeachment trial is because he can't call witnesses.  Do you think this is fair?

9:12  When asked about the quotes from the recorded conversations cited by U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick , the governor didn't respond to the specific quotes.  He did say though he is anxious to hear the tapes and hopes they'll be played during the hearings this week.  Don't know about you, but I can't wait to hear those tapes.

9:26  Very interesting.  Governor said he expects to be removed from office in the next few days.

9:35  Not sure what made me think of this, but I wonder if  Sen. Burris is watching tonight?

9:45  I'm enjoying reading your comments, not something I usually get to do.   How do you all feel the governor is doing?  Do you find him convincing?

9:47  Just used one of your questions on air.  Looking for more so keep 'em coming.

9:54  Many of you have asked about the Children's Hospital and Wrigley Field allegations.  Larry planning to ask about that in the next segment if we have time.

10:00  Very interesting show and it's been really fun reading your comments.  Keep the conversation going and we'll be looking at your comments throughout the night.  Thanks for watching and thanks for blogging with us.

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Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 26th, 2009 8:31 pm ET

Hey at least he is seeing it thru, Nixon resigned, Clinton didnt go to Congress either. Johnson did yrs ago and won by one vote.
He hasnt been convisted of any crime, and to my knowledge it was all talk. Where is the evidence? the actual payout. ?
Supreme Court will throw out the Impeachment, lack of facts!!

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 26th, 2009 8:33 pm ET

At least his book deal will make him rich. What a story!!

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 26th, 2009 8:34 pm ET

Funny how is he going to be worth more than Obama, Jackson Jr, and those voting him out. Now thats laughing all the way to the bank!!

Sherry   January 26th, 2009 8:40 pm ET

Where are the facts. He hasn't actually committed a crime. Can we all be arrested for STATING something we haven't actually committed? "I'm going to rob a bank on the third quarter moon in July" Larry can I be arrested? Gov. Blagoevich has done great things for Ill. Give me some facts people!!! Guilty until proven innocent!!!

msm22   January 26th, 2009 8:47 pm ET

GO BLAGO do not get anywhere politically in either party unless you play ball...I want to know what Blago knows...the American public deserves to know who else is dirty....batter up & time to CLEAN HOUSE!

Kelli from Tampa   January 26th, 2009 8:53 pm ET

WOW that is about all I can say about the above blogs.

Julie   January 26th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich was arrested. He has not been indicted and there is a chance he won't be, as happens quite often when attorneys have to actually put together a case worthy of prosecution. Even he is indicted, he is supposed to enjoy a basic core American right of presumption of innocence until proven guilty. My question is: If the Illinois State Senate votes to throw Gov. Blagojevich out of office; if he is never indicted, or never tried, or is found innocent, does he get his job back?

come on people   January 26th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

The Illinois' Constitution provides an impeachment process that does not have a criminal standard. You can theoretically be impeached for anything. In the nearly 40 years since the Constitution was enacted no Governor and no public official has been impeached. Historically, impeachment has not been a process abused by the legislature.

Impeachment in IL is simply a tool for removing public officials. Some States have recall, IL has this impeachment process. Neither the State Supreme Court or the US Supreme Court will challenge the Illinois' Constitution's constitutionality. The Senate trial verdict will stand.

come on people   January 26th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

The Illinois Constitution provides an impeachment process that does not have a criminal standard. You can theoretically be impeached for anything. In the nearly 40 years since the Constitution was enacted no Governor and no public official has been impeached. Historically, impeachment has not been a process abused by the legislature.

Impeachment in IL is simply a tool for removing public officials. Some States have recall, IL has this impeachment process. Neither the State Supreme Court or the US Supreme Court will challenge the Illinois Constitution's constitutionality. The Senate trial verdict will stand.

Susan Homer IL   January 26th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

If Blago knew something, I would think he would have used it by now. Whatever "dirt" he claims to have is a moot point. For the life of me I can't figure out why he doesn't realize that he is hurting the State he runs instead of helping it. What is that gonna say to his daughters?

Sarah   January 26th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

Regardless of the situation, how does the governor explain the attitude and language in the transcripts from the phone calls? What kind of example does this give to the youth of Illinois and this nation (including his two daughters)?

Les from IL   January 26th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

You have to remember that the inpeachment process is not a criminal trial. You do not have to do anything criminal to be impeached. What Rod has done is abused his power for personal gain and failed to uphold his oath of office. The selling of the senate seat is just a drop in the bucket of what he has done to disgrase the coitizens of Illinois

Joe Scerra, Richmond, VA   January 26th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

Governor Blagojevich, if you are innocent, why was there so much time of silence between the accusation and the trial time?

Marshall (say-ahh) Sayegh   January 26th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

The ill Gov should hold on if innocent
If Guilty he should go to jail

Kate   January 26th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

He could of brought witnesses in, he choose not to file the appropriate paperwork in time. And he could of challenged the Senate Rules, if he filed the paperwork in time, but he choose not to.

Paul Anthony Maglaya   January 26th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Question to Blagojevich: If the Illinois Senate found out that you are guilty, will you leave the position of governorship?

Mike - Chicago   January 26th, 2009 9:04 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.

Peter   January 26th, 2009 9:05 pm ET


Why do you live in Chicago and fly to the State Capitol daily instead of living in the capital of Illinois? Flying a jet is sooooo expensive and truly not needed as an additional tax expense to the good people of Illinois.

come on people   January 26th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

It doesn't matter if Blago is removed from office and not convicted. Impeachment trials have no criminal standard in IL.

His past conduct and loss of public confidence is just and constitutional cause for removal from office.

Sandra   January 26th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Governor, I am one of your citizens. You have not served our state well and I would like to know how you justify some of your actions. How can you justify calling over 35 special sessions, more than any other governor, and then you do not show up? How do you justify flying back to Chicago every night at our expense and more importantly, how do you justify flying back to a hockey game while the legislators were waiting for you in Springfield? Governor, you have not proven to me that you have our best interests in your plans!

Brenda B.   January 26th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

As an Illinois citizen and taxpayer I am totally embarassed by our governor. Why give him prime time coverage just to pollute any jury pool?

Kate   January 26th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Had he not read the articles of impeachment? Did he not watch the proceedings today? Oh that's right, he thought it was more important to be on a media tour today...I really hope he was on a vacation day today and not being payed with our tax money.

Kate – in Chicago

Les from IL   January 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Here is a question for you

Several times during todays senate proceedings there was opertunities for the Gov or his council to have their input to challange the charges. Why was the Gov running around doing TV interviews when he should have been in Springfield?

ray ray from sc   January 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

i think that rod deserves his day in court!!!

Toni Hermsmeyer   January 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

I believe the reason Blago won't sit down at his own impeachment hearing is because he is scared to death that whatever he says will be used against him in his criminal trial. If they prove he is a liar could he then be convicted of perjury? Everybody has jumped ship that works for him. He is constantly confusing his criminal trial with the Senate Impeachment. The impeachment document is clear it's not all CRIMINAL TRIAL STUFF!

Tricia   January 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

As a resident of Illinois, I have some questions to ask
1) Since when is the capitol of Illinois Chicago because the Governor does not want to live in the mansion in Springfield?
2) Why is the economy better in the border states? Why have many of our factories moved there?
3) Why does it cost $6500 a day for the Governor to get to Springfield from Chicago, when he should live in Springfield?
4) Will you please step down and the house and senate work at fixing the problems that the last Governors have caused?
Those are my main questions. If they could get some answers that would be nice.
Thank you Mr Larry King.

Angie   January 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Governor, you DESERVE to be impeached. You continually say that the only reason that you are being impeached is what is happening with the wire taps. I don't think that is true. The people of Illinois want you out because of other things you have done. Wasting our tax dollars flying back and forth to Springfield is a HUGE reason that I want you gone. You are not fit for office. Your approval rating is so low. How can you continue to think the people still want you? WE DON'T! You are making our fine state a laughingstock. I will be celebrating along with the other 92% of Illinoians who no longer have faith in you.

Cindy   January 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

I live in Southern Illinois, we have been forgot about since Ryan and Blagojevich has been in charge. All we hear about in S. Illinois is about Chicago, Where is the help for us down south,. My husband and I are both unemployed have no furnace and there is not a program in Illinois to help us get a furnace, but to help a lot of other off the wall Grants. What about Southern Illinois. Were ashamed for voting for you.

Jim Snider   January 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET


Why is your own party, which controls both the Illinois House and Senate, are against you?

Isn't it true that you where behind the borrowing on the State Pension Fund to balance the budget in 2004 that has placed this pension in peril since the pay back of this loan is based on stock market returns of 7% annualized over 20 years – that isn't happening. The responsible thing to do was to cut back or raise the state income tax.

John   January 26th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

He says he was a form to prove is innocence. He as dominated the airwaves all day today, but has not offered up one shred of evidence to refute the charges by the U.S. attorney or the Illinois House. If he can prove his innocence, why not provide the answers now while the world is listening?

come on people   January 26th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Larry needs to ask him this:

If Blago feels his constitutional rights are being violated then why isn't he filing suit in the State Supreme Court?

Connor   January 26th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Mr Blagojevich, even if you are not guilty, you are an ineffective leader. What it shows is arrogance that you will not resign. You are holding the people of Illinois hostage until you are proved "innocent".


David Ford   January 26th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

About 4 years ago, Hinckley- Big Rock was approved for grant funding to improve the schools. They were approved for 1.9 million in grant funding which started building projects in the school district. Hinckley-Big Rock School district, along with 24 other Illinois School Districts, was denied the already approved grant funding by Governor Blagojevich. The school had to obtain a loan to pay for the building improvements that was supposed to be paid for by the state grant. Was this money rerouted to one of your pay to play beneficiaries? Why was this already approved grant funding denied to these districts placing them in financial hardships? Is this how the governor sees himself as being a benefit to the state of Illinois?

Karen   January 26th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

You state that you have the state's best interest in mind. If so, why do you squander so much of the taxpayer's money by flying a jet to the capital and back each day??


Mohante   January 26th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Why are they letting him to defy due process If he thinks he is not guilty he should try to prove it. I think this dude has mental problems and I think he is guilty as hell. People like this makes the United States look bad.

Matt in Chicago   January 26th, 2009 9:10 pm ET


You continue to talk about being denied your Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses in the Senate removal trial, but such a right does not exist. An impeachment proceeding is not a criminal proceeding.

You're a lawyer. You know better. Why do you insist on mixing apples and oranges?

Mary S   January 26th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Blago is not being impeached solely on the allegations that he was attempting to sell the Senate seat. There are many other allegations of abuse of power. The Illinois Senate did give Blago the chance to call witnesses, but he refused. They can't call witnesses in the federal case and neither can he.

Cassandra   January 26th, 2009 9:10 pm ET


I'm no fan of the Gov. Of Illinois, but Anderson Cooper, Campbell Brown, and the other weak golden chosen ones of CNN has literally tried, convicted, and punished this man in the eyes of the public. Larry, thank you for giving the man a chance to talk without making fun of him. Last week, Anderson play sound bites of the Gov. and pretended to be eating popcorn, while playing bored. SHAME ON CNN for allowing such behaviors. This is not what makes CNN the #1 news station. Hey Anderson, Campbell, Lou, and the rest of you golden CNN anchors, I was taught in graduate school that even the biggest elephant can be eaten, if you'll just take him one bite at a time. Don't think that CNN can remain #1 with this type of reporting. I want to see the CNN I grew to love......Unbias News Reporting......And nothing more.

vana, TX   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

IS HE FOR REAL?! Sometimes I wonder if all this is a conspiracy theory. Has he even attempted to, i don't know, try to search for some proof he did not "allegedly" sell the seat? I mean, he just keeps denying!
Mr Blagojevich, denial [the nile] is a river in Egypt!

Todd   January 26th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Once again Rod belives he is above the rules and the process. Rod has refused to live in Springfield IL the state capitol. He is above the rules and process.

He has lost touch with reality. The people of IL want this clown impeached with out the latest charges. The guy doesnn't care about IL outside of Chicago.

Larry don't go easy on this guy he's an joke to the People of IL.

Tricia   January 26th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Blagojevich is an embarrassment to the state of Illinois. He has the lowest approval rating of an elected official ever, and still feels that the people of Illinois want him as governor. It would be the best thing he ever did for the state if he would shut his mouth and resign.

Why does he not live in the governor's mansion in springfield, but rather lives in Chicago and is transported to Springfield at taxpayers' expense.

James Brown   January 26th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

WOW, i thought i had seen it all. This case is so much a statement of how the justice system of this country fails us citizens. He is the Governer of a state and yet he is presumed guilty with so little facts to prove the allegations. Now he and the world will experience what so many in this world face, a system that tells lies about being innocent until proven guilty. How many sit in prison today that did nothing wrong? Wow

prince uc   January 26th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

larry please why are they convecting this man without charges yet,as at this time,all this is based on hear say,
tell me what will happen if he gets cleared in all this.

Alex   January 26th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Governor, is there any truth to your statments that you made 01/06/09 during Orthodox Christmas ceremonies at Redwood Dr. Church that you intend to run for President in 2016.

Dorothy   January 26th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I have been all over this guy as far as being a nut case, BUT, I want to see real proof against him and not bits and pieces of conversations or articles. We know how taking things out of context works. Not! I would like to hear and see all the evidence before we condem him and I deem him a nut case. I'm just not sure what is really, really, really going on here – yet............................

James Cooper, Jr.   January 26th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

What does Blagojevich think of a governor who uses such foul language in his office?

Pedro   January 26th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Governor, i am also a citizen of th great state of illinois. YOU do not represent me. I am ashamed to know you are STILL our governor. man up and go to springfield and stop complaining. i was in chicago when you said "i will fight i will fight i will fight" and here you are making a fool our of yourself on TV and making our state look like a bunch of incompetent citizens by continuing to state that you were elected and re elected by the people of illinois. please stop using the people to make yourself look innocent. i have personally called my state senator to say i do not support the gov. shame on you gov! SHAME ON YOU!

Pedro- Chicago


Rocky Finkhouse   January 26th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

No matter what happens whether he's innocent or guilty, this type of negative publicity and the mere perception that he is directly involved in this type of criminal activity is enough reason, in my opinion, to impeach him because you just can't have an elected official in a public office that is meant to serve the interest of the common people continue to serve when there is so much doubt of integrity here. Another way to look at it is: if he were actually arrested on the "suspicion" of something,during his election campaign, would you vote for him? If not, would you vote to let him continue serving in office at this point? Common sense people, common!

-Rocky Finkhouse, Greenville, MI.

bill matrisch   January 26th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Why does everyone question this impeachment as though it were a criminal trial and therefor provided the rights of an accused to Blagojevich. Impeachment is a political proceeding and the only thing that has to be proven is that Blagojevich is bad for Illinois. Ask him how he has improved the deficit since he took office. Ask him why we can't get a loan with a good interest rate, In just the past month he has cost the state millions. If he thinks the people of Illinois want him why is his approval rate only 7%

Kelley   January 26th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I want to say is that for the majority of the world, if you do something your employer feels is unethical, your employer will exercise their right to terminate your employment. In this case, he was trying to do something unethical. The citizens of Illinois are not only his employer, but the employers of the members of the Illinois Senate. As a resident of Illinois, I want to see Gov. Blagojevich's employment terminated. If my local representative chooses to vote against impeaching the Governor, I guarantee that I will not be voting for that official. If the Governor does make it through the impeachment process – he will not be getting my vote.

vana, TX   January 26th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

he says Oprah was considered for the Senate seat, what, did she not have enough money?! Okay, so I get he needs his day in court, but why hasn't he appealed to the Supreme Court?

Joe D   January 26th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

This man is dilusional! I am an Illinois resident who has an 18 year old daughter at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago for the past two months. Why not ask the Govorner why he tried to extort the hospital board to make campaign contributions before he would release millions of state dollars to help build the new Children's Memorial?

Angie   January 26th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I would also like to say that he has been saying the same thing over and over again today and is making quite the fool out of himself. Rod, you know if you said something or not, so just answer the questions.

Also, you had the chance to call witnesses, just not for the criminal allegations but the prosecutors can't do that, either. You sound like a child screaming, "it's not fair". Yeah, it is fair.

Susan Homer IL   January 26th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

The Governer has to know what he said, why does he keep saying that the tapes are out of context? Did you or did you not say that " this thing is bleeping golden, you don't just give it away for nothing." What was it you hoped to get that would benefit the State of Illinois?

Mark   January 26th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

This is the most amazing ego I have ever seen. I would bet my last dollar he is lying.

Brian   January 26th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

He had his opportunity to call witnesses, but the deadline passed and now he complains about it.

Mary   January 26th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

As a former Illinois employee, how can you say that you are looking out for the people of the state when you have made Illinois a laughing stock of the country. You are saying that you are not participating in your impeachment because you could not bring witnesses but the only witnesses that could not be brought in were those that are connected to your criminal case. What surprises me that you have not even discussed the real charges against you in this impeachment like buying illegal flu shots that would and could not be used in Illinois. The closing state facility in districts where the legislators did not support you costing the state a lot of money.

Gov Blog grow up and do the right thing, let Illinois start the healing process of the horrible job you have done.

Al   January 26th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Gov. B.

It would seem logical that you have your day in court.

Do you feel you are a scapegoat for a deeper level of corruption?

Stan Parker   January 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich why cant you just give Larry a straight answer.,"Did you say what is on the tapes." You have been on the downslide since trying to close the State Parks in Illinois. Impeachment is the only savior for we the people of Illinois.

Hey Prince UC   January 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

January 26th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

"larry please why are they convecting this man without charges yet,as at this time,all this is based on hear say,
tell me what will happen if he gets cleared in all this."

Um dude, if he is not convicted, nothing will change. He will not be Governor, there is no criminal standard for impeachment. As for up roar, it will be non-existent. The people of IL do not like this guy and won't miss him. Look up past and present poll numbers.

Tina   January 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I don't know how many people who are posting about the govenor are from illinois. I live in Illinois and let me tell you he is far from Ghandi or MLK. Yes he had done a all kids covered insurance, but in order to get in on that you have to be insurance free for 1 whole year before you can be covered not covered for free, but covered at all! Also, if he is trying to do so much good for illinois why do we illinois tax payers have to pay to fly him to our state capital because he refuses to live in the govenors mansion. hmm... we are going to try to close a prison because we don't have enough money, close our state parks because we don't have enough money, but lets pay to fly him back and forth.

Erin   January 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

How long before he starts quoting verse?

Patty Jones   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Blago should have gone to court as his lawyer told him to do and
then raised the witness questions there, not on TV shows.

I live in Champaign Illinois and voted for him 1st term. He has done
a terrible job as Gov. and I believe he has violated rules of ethics and
needs to go!

melvin l. marshall   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Is the Governor skateboarding? I believe that in HIS own mind he thinks that he has done nothing wrong comparing this to previous and other similar acts by politicians.

Sheri   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

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

Donna   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Ask Blago about Childrens Memorial Hospital, the Chicago Tribune and the sale of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field – please ask him. No one asked him these questions on any of the other shows he was on today!!!!!

Jim   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

The governor's office is not the same as a private room in his house. Therefore, it is not appropriate to use foul language in the governor's office.

Jessica Strunk   January 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I want to thank Rod Blagojevich. I'm not saying he's a perfect man, or a perfect politician, but is there really such a thing? Don't tell me there aren't worse people more worthy of so much negative attention. I don't buy that for a minute. In fact I owe a lot to this man, thanks to his family care health care program. If it weren't for that, I may not have been able to get medical care for my baby and I since when I had no insurance some doctors would not see me even after I offered to pay cash up front. Beats me as to why, but regardless, I can't imagine where we would be without this program. I guess what I'm saying is that this man is not evil, and even with all his flaws, he deserves some credit – take the good with the bad!

Jim Leprieur   January 26th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Are you for real?! Give me a break! Lets waist more money and time on this poor guy.If this is bad, them Bush should be put to the chair for war crimes...come Im more up set with the U S goverment...this is a joke! This really shows where we are as people,its sad to be part of the human race. Get off the pot and do something right, send Bush to prison and get the boys home...and stop this childs play goverment!! SAD VERY SAD!!

Les from IL   January 26th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

For those of you wanting evidence go to the IL general Assembly website and read the 70 plus document that were entered into evidence for the impeachment. You will find why this man needs to be removed from office and why he simply can not be trusted

Chris   January 26th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

We can vote the ENTIRE legislation out of office too.

Kathy in Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I won't clain to understand the whole impeachment process...I believe it is different than a criminal trial. I have a question...would it be possible for the Governor to take some type of "leave of absense" while awaitng the criminal trail? This why the people of Illinois can have more effective leadership.

Melinda Hall   January 26th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

The governor is not in a criminal trial, he is being impreached. That's how an impeachment trial goes. The IL house voted to see if there was reason, the senate will now look at his story. He should be in IL facing this and answering questions rather than crying to the American people on tv.

As stated in many places, he is going through the same process Pres. Clinton went through during his presidency. The President did not going on a PR junket. Somewhere today, it was said that it didn't seem like he truly believed the process was wrong, just that his cloudy argument might play on people's emotions who don't understand the process.

Lynn   January 26th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Do you stay awake at night thinking about how you can avoid answering questions directed to you??

Paul   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

The governor talks only of the first of thirteen issues identified in the impeachment documents. This has to do with the criminal charges. What about the various actions taken in exchange for political contributions? What about the denial of a permit to a hospital because contributions to the campaign were not received? What about not signing legislation until political contributions were received?

Another question – how is he paying for his defense?


valerie   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Larry, I started watching your show tonight and after the first 20 minutes I had to turn from it, because it's obvious to me that Blogo is nothing but a bold face lier. He doesn't even know how to keep a straight face when he's lieing. He knows what he did and didn't say, so why not just answer the questions as to if he did or didn't say the things that they are accusing him of.

I don't feel sorry for him at all, however I do feel sorry for the state of Illinois.

Tricia   January 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Neither side is allowed to call witnesses that would jeopardize the criminal case against the Governor.
He has not met a deadline that the Senate has set for him, in order to get due process in court, a person needs to play by the rules, the court has set up.

GA Peach   January 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

He says he want the transcripts and/or tapes to be used at the impeachment trials. The prosecutor is to bring the evidence in early April or May. Because of the circumstances, something (whether the governor is at the trial or not) need to brought in so that the full context is understood by the legislature before they make a decision. Think about it. He has already made the senator appointment. His bills are being signed by the secretary of state. Therefore, what is the worst thing that could happen in three or fours months concerning his duties as governor? Maybe the trials should be slowed. If he is guilty, then it will come out in one, or two, or three months. I want the evidence and then the impeachment. It is so easy to say someone is crazy and it is just as easy to convict someone with due process. Everything is starting to look strange now. Let's do the right thing. Whatever that is!! Let's don't just make examples out of people.

Julia   January 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Governor.........If you are truly concerned for the citizens of Illinois as you are constantly stating, you need to step down and allow the business of the state to continue. By taking your show on the media road and not only embarrassing yourself but the citizens of Illinois, you are stopping many items of critical business from happening....i.e. funding for certain health and senior citizen programs to name just a couple. My 85 year old parents are affected by your selfish, self-serving actions. Contrary what you think, the world does not revolve around you, Governor.

Donna   January 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

What Blago did compares quite a bit to what George Ryan has done except with George Ryan it involved the six deaths of the Willis children in that firery crash. I am glad that Bush did not pardon him like Durbin was pushing for.

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Gov. Blago-

With an approval rating of 8 percent, do you really think you can use the media – Larry King, The View, etc – to empower residents in the State of Illinois to pressure their elected officials into voting "No" to your empeachment?

Kola Abrahams   January 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I'm socked listenning to what is happening to Gov. Blog in the prsecution of this case. Sounds like what will happen in the 3rd world and autocratic countries. looks like moob trial. Are;nt you supposed to be innocent until proven guilty? I'm sitting here in Canada where I immigrated to and I'm thinking "I must be dreaming" Please let get real, Give the guy a chance to defend himself or prove him guilty.

Kate   January 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

You have to wonder if he even read the articles of impeachment or the federal paperwork. And they have it recorded him saying that he would pick himself for the senate seat over anyone that would give him what he wanted. He just lied straight to Larry's face.

Greg, Arlington Heights, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Governor –

How do you explain that you wnet over a year without talking to LT Governor Quinn, or the states Treasurer? How do you call yourself an effective leader?

Elizabeth   January 26th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Couple of points and questions
1. So...he was elected 2 times, in a political process, running under a "clean" campaign. Now he is being impeached by a political process. We have political processes to allow the people to fix problems. Rod is a problem. Regardless of the criminal charges that are involved in the impeachment, he has failed as the governor of our state. If he believes that the process is so unjust and unfair why has he completely disregarded all deadlines for filings in the impeachment? Why was he on Good Morning America and Larry King instead of in SPRINGFIELD, IL (my capital) defending himself to them?
2. As a former prosecutor, doesn't he realize the implications of his actions and how the system works????????
3. WHO ASKED HIM TO CONSIDER HIMSELF!?! No one in Illinois would ever want him to be the Senator from Illinois!!!
-The LAW student who doesn't understand how ROD's government works

John   January 26th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Governor, you recently fired the Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum after he was charged (not convicted) of shoplifting. You have been accused by the U.S. Attorney and the Illinois House of crimes much more serious, using as evidece your own words. Why should you not be held to the same standard as your employees?

Karen West   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

The presumption of innocence is a myth throughout our entire judicial system. I am happy to see Gov. Blagojevich taking a stand instead of rolling over under the pressure like so many people do... just to get it over with. I look forward to the day he will be exonerated of these accusations and demands a formal public apology from everyone on this witch-hunt. I would also like to thank Larry King for giving the governor a fair and unbiased forum to state his case.

joann   January 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

please ask the govenor why does he live in Chicago and not Springfield and use our tax monies on traveling back and forth?

why did he withhold monies for Children Mem hospital

and so many of us didn't want him in but didn't have the money to keep him out,, so many more questions so many answers needed but sure wont be given ty Larry

Erin   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Larry should ask him why he hired a P.R. firm

Sara Hiser   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Blago has disrespected all those who live south of I80 by refusing to live in Springfield, IL and deciding to govern from Chicago. This current publicity stunt is par for his course.

Cassandra   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Can I go to prison for using profanity? Oh my Lord.....I'm going to get life 3 times ove!!!!! It seems that we're convicting the man on something he said......Not anything he did.......Whatever happened to freedom of speech.

Pedro   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Does he think the DA has a peRsonal reason to accuse him?

Chris from IL   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Governor – where do you get off comparing yourself to Ghandi or MLK? I don't think they were anywhere near "politician". It's time to make an exit....thanks for your service. Save some face, for your families sake and make a graceful exit. You can even say that you think it is best for the State of Illinois!

M. Bennett   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

It seems to me that the federal prosecutors' remarks at the time he filed the charges against the governor were so inflamatory as to rise to the level of prosecutorial misconduct. The governor is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Jan   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET


Why does the Governor think Fitzgerald had to ask for an extension the indictment?

Sharon A. Hansen   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

The Gov. could have called some witnesses, but chose not to. The 'prosecution' would have like to call more witnesses, especially concerning the criminal aspects, but for the same reasons the Gov. can't, the prosecution can't. Do you not think the prosecutor would like to have as witnesses people who can prove the Gov's illegal activity if they could? This one man has ruined our great state of IL. in so many ways.
This guy is so arrogant and full of himself. The media in IL know that, I wish the national media would do it also.

Amber Wasberg   January 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Why does Blagojevich keep ignoring the other 12 plus charges against him? It's about more than just taped conversations. He IS allowed to bring witnesses, he just failed to get the information in by the deadline. If he pleads insanity, I will go insane myself!

Brent   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Ask Blago why he doesn't do the right thing for Illinois and resign. He was handed a huge "no confidence" vote by the Illinois House and poll after poll has shown that Illinois residents want him out now, regardless of the fact that he was re-elected.

Antonio Merrick   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

As a scholar of Political Science I believe everything that Blagojevich did is not uncommon. I believe that he may have overtly exploited the commonality of his position. A guilty verdict of Blagojevich would be equivalent to the labor force of America because a lot of law makers will be out of a job.

Mark   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

There is only one thing that anyone needs to notice about this interview: He will not answer any of Larry's questions concerning the things he said. He remembers, he is choosing not to answer because there is no other explanation other than the ones in the charges.

vana, TX   January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Of course he didn't "hear" the question, he need more time to think of a lie!! GEEZZALU! And yes the fix is in, they pick a random Gov. from all 50 states to be sucker!! SERIOUSLY!

ted   January 26th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Why was his phone tapped in the first place? there must have been cause. Attorney Gen. just doesn't taps a phone, he/she must get a court order. there must have been something there to justify an investigation

Linda   January 26th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Hey Michael

What happen to my post? I had posted earlier in this session and now its not there did you remove it. What happen to my free speech or the right to comment on this board, nothing I said was offensive so why was it removed.

Sandra Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Governor I am sitting here listening to you about these tapes, and this impeachment is about far more than you trying to sell this seat. You have not followed any of the laws we have in Illinois. Have you not tried to intimidate others to force them to give you money for favors? Have you not tried to have reporters fired? Have you not withheld money from the children's hospital because you didn't get the payback you wanted? Governor, yes your impeachment has been in the works, but it is about more than those tapes! Sandra

Greg in IL   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

What do you say to the millions of Illinois Citizens who are deeply embarrased by your actions both before and after you were arrested?

Paul in VA   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

The statements made against Blagojevich on Dec. 9 seemed inappropriate. They were aimed to convict him in the public's eye. My question to Blagojevich is what can the average viewer do to help his cause in this situation? And to Larry King – why aren't journalists questioning the prudence of the prosecutors who called that news conference back in December?

Susan Homer IL   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Larry-He's lying to you!!! He said on the wiretaps he'd seat himself if he didn't get what he wanted. Funny how he doesn't want to incriminate himself and talk about what he said. And by the way, he said nasty things about Obama on the wiretaps too, so they did not have a good relationship. Obama was only going to give Blago a pat on the back, and that's when Blago went on the bleeping golden rant.

Mary S   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

What about Patti and her involvement in all of this mess? How much of a role did she really play in the efforts to oust the editoral team at the Tribune?

Jim Leprieur   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Yes he not saying much, but so what! So we should fry him for that? Lets see...let him speak where its going to count...

Jeff Melton   January 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I would like to know if the Governor used any state taxpayer money to go on this media tour. Did he fly to New York on State aircraft?

Donna   January 26th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

The man is insane it appears. There is no excuse for any of this garbage today. If I recall, there was one conversation (not sure of tapes or what) that he did not want to be governor of Illinois for the remaining two years. Does anyone remember exactly about that, again I'm just going by memory and what was said on the impeachment panel.

Jim   January 26th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

How effective can he be as a governor when his top priority is to prevent his removal from office? The job of governor for Illinois still needs to be performed. If he really cared about Illinois, he would step down so that the job of governor can being properly fufilled by someone who can commit his/her time fully to the position.

Al - Chicago / Toronto   January 26th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

You indicated you might have needed cash because of selling the seat. otherwise, you do not need to sell a seat.

Did you come to the conclusion you did not ultimately want ot sell it?
or is there contrary evidence on tape that you would act and sell it?
or is it a crime just to consider and plot to do it?

Do you feel you do not have enough cash? What is the motivation behind requiring additional financing as a governor?

Erin   January 26th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

In response to Ted – a judge would have had to review an affidavit which would set forth the U.S. Attorney's "good cause" for seeking the affidavit. Lots of requests for wiretaps are denied – in this case, the judge obviously found that the U.S. Attorney had enough for the judge to approve the request.

Southern Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Illinois' last Governor is in jail, charged and convicted by the same U.S. Attorney's Office as Rod will soon be. Compared to our current governor our former incarcerated gov will look like a jaywalker.

Selling a senate seat is what got the media's attention and what Rod wants to talk about but it is not what he will be convicted of. It boils down to everyday political graft. $1000 to $5000 for a state job. $25000 for an appointment to a state board or commission and $100,000+ for rigged multimillion dollar state contracts.

The USA has the goods on him and has had for some time, long before the senate seat fiasco.

Governor, please step aside and end this charade........

Julie   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Aside from the senate seat, please explain your comments about withholding monies from the childrens hospital without large contributions to your campaign fund.

Ann   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

This man is playing a game. He loves to be on tv, getting exposure. If it takes playing the entire message on the tape he claims will prove his innocence, then play it. Otherwise, stop giving him what he wants....PUBLICITY!

My question: Will he admit that he was wrong if the entire message was played and proved that he was wrong?

Thank you.

Tim from Normal Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Why has the govenor not ventured south of Cook County to do the peoples work. We suffer down state because of you, please go.

Connie   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

He keeps saying 'I wish we could make the whole tape public'. I think there's some things in that conversation that he KNOWS the courts will not like to the public/media to get a hold of. This way, when the tapes are never revealed and no witnesses ever showed up, he can use this excuse to not go to trial. He'll still be removed from the job, but his defense won't even be able to be proven wrong. They should freeze all his assets, who knows where he got most of his $$ from anyways.

Joe D   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Larry, as good as you are, I doubt you will be able to break through this man's ego. Why not ask about the Tony Rezko debacle?

Mary S   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

How about his self comparisions to MLK, Jr, Ghandi, and Nelson Mandela and being unjustly arrested? We still have not heard any good scripture quotes or poems yet.

Lisa,Springfield, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Why hasn't anyone considered that this impeachment trial is nothing more than being called into the bosses office to be fired? Is there really a presumption of innocence in this case?

Sandra Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

This is a question to the moderator. I have searched everywhere on this site on how to call in with a question. Can you please put that information where it can be seen on Larry's site. Thanks.

joann   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

please ask the governor why he commutes from Chicago to Springfield,, our Capital is here,, our tax monies are used to let you buzz around why not use that money for Childrens Mem hospital?? you denied them help

you keep saying the voters elected you,, noooo,, the money men did some day being elected will mean a person will be respected for their actions,, not how much money they can touch

ty Larry

Ann from Mobile, Alabama   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

comments and question already submitted.

Pete   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I'd just like to offer a few words of encouragement for the governor: Make them prove their charges. Give 'em hell, Rod. Give 'em hell.

Sherry   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

IIRC, Roland Burris ran against Gov. Blagojevich to be the Dem nominee for the governor seat he now holds. Would Roland Burris have made a better Governor?

Peter - Ottawa, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

If the feds have something to incriminate then let them reveal it or get the bleep out of Illinois. Paul Powell had shoe boxes full of money, Gov. George Ryan is still in prison, Gov. Dan Walker lied outright. You are guilty fnothing. If you reopened the state parks and Pontiac prison, I would vote for you again tomorrow,

Brian   January 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

What about the money he was holding from the children's hospital?

Mike, Sterling Il   January 26th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

The Governor should quit talking about how he is all about the people and get out of Chicago and see how he has ruined the rest of the state in the last 6 years.

LucaBrazzi   January 26th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

He likes to repeat that he was elected "by The People"...With a (quickly fading) 10% approval rating, it is apparent that "the People" are fed up and want him gone.

No one seems to remember that his number one fund raiser and best pal was Tony Rezko. Tony's partner (and Rod's other BBF) was Chris Kelly, who just pled guilty in a tax fraud scheme. Do not believe that Boy Wonder is a virgin among all these prostitutes he hung with.

Caroline   January 26th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Blagojevich didn't actually commit a crime. The prosecutor shot himself in the foot by over-reacting. Saying and doing are two different things. He can say whatever he wants appropriate or not but he didn't have an actual exchange of money for any Senate seat. I hope Blagojevich has a fair trial regardless in light of the public opinion against him. I'm a paralegal if you need any help!

mark   January 26th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Blago continualy says the people of illinois elected him to do his job as the reason he will not resign, well with a 4% approval rating i think the people want him gone–the sooner the better. Rod–your voice is on the tapes what more do we need to hear.

Elaine   January 26th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

When the average citizen refuses to attend their trial after they have been accused of a crime, they are arrested for failure to appear. How is it that when a public figure refuses to attend their trial it's considered "boycotting?"

Vera   January 26th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Even if the whole issue selling of the Senate seats and the wiretapping were not part of this narcissistic governor's activities within the State, there are undisputable activities for which he should be impeached on malfeasance and abuse of power. Going against the legislators who did not approve his expansion of healthcare and the rulings of JCAR, and throwing away over 2 billion dollars on flu shots from Canada that he knew was illegal to bring into the country. These same flu vaccines were sent to Pakistan and then destroyed because they were no longer usable. He calls these activities finding creative ways to bring programs to the citizens of Illinois, but I think it is more circumventing the Constitution!!!

Sherry former IL resident   January 26th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Roland Burris ran against Gov. Blagojevich to be the Dem nominee for the governor seat he now holds. Would Roland Burris have made a better Governor?

chris   January 26th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

larry he was offered by the state senate to bring in evidence and he never showed up to do it.

Nancy   January 26th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I think the govenor is being railroaded. I think he has a lot of political wolves who have their own agenda and tried to use the media and their own leaks of, out of context, private conversations, (which should be evidence) to turn the public opinion against him. Their timing was to prevent his seating a senator, if they'd been watching him all along and really had him caught with true evidence of criminal acts, they'd have moved on him long before December.
I'm glad he's fighting, and the impeachment does sound stacked against him. They were making it up as they went along and even if he didn't participate in the drafting of the impeachment rules, shouldn't they have included witnesses for the defense to be heard? Just in fairness?

LucaBrazzi   January 26th, 2009 9:34 pm ET


You are not from Illinois, are you.

laura   January 26th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

He had the chance but chose not to participate in his impeachment trail. He should tell the whole story instead of just the parts he wants people to hear. Hope the nation is like Illinois and thinks he is off his rocker.

mark   January 26th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The Governor deserves to be impeached, I am from Illinois and Blago is a lousy governor, being the governor is just a job and with any job there is a procedure for dismissal of a lousy employee, who gets to have witnesses and to present evidence for their possible dismissal from a job?

Peter   January 26th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Larry- Ask him about his recently elected sister in law, the only person to vote not to impeach. Welcome to Illinois politics!!!

Mary S   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Rod ... you are not being impeached for selling the Senate seat. You abused your power as Governor. You could have defended yourself against the prescription drug charges etc, you chose not too.

One of his lawyers quit over the weekend because Rod is crazy. And that is quite obvious in this interview and in the morning with GMA and the View.

Kate   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Donna- there was its in the Federal indictment Paperwork that they presented when they arrested him on the 9th of December.

Governor – tomorrow some of the tapes will be played at the Senate Trial, you would know this if you were at the trial today.

Tammy, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

The gov acts like he is an actor in a movie, not real life. I am totally embaressed by all this since I live in IL. He keeps stressing the will of the people, yet if you check the polls, the people want him gone for good. Any of you that made a positive comment on his behalf, you if aren't a resident of IL, you can HAVE him!!! Blago ought to be stuck in a cell next to our last govenor.

Amber Wasberg   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

By the way- Rod had SIX YEARS to pass all of his wonderful ideas...why are they only coming out now??

KAT   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I have never heard such bombastic lies and tap dancing about every question Larry King has asked the Gov. in my life. He is on tape, give us a break out here, we are not idiots. I am sure it was golden to him at the time or he wouldn't have said it. He talks like that whether you know or don't know you are being recorded. He is known for that kind of language!!!!!!!! I hope he is impeached and soon.

Susan Homer IL   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

They are impeaching you because you are on the take and corrupt NOT because you a stellar leader. Let's make sure we are clear on that.

Sheryl   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Gov. Rod B. from Illinois never stayed in Springfirld, IL, he flies back and forth from his home in Chicago (taxpayers paying the fee). He sounds like a low lifer to me, with his foul mouth(also his wife). What are they teaching their 2 daughters?? We need him out immediately it's a SAD thing for ILLINOIS!! His has us in the RED with a bad reputation.

ag   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

He is doing marketing for himself, he is thinking he is in Serbia and he can fool with the government. He will get 20 years of prison.

Donna   January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

LARRY, please ask him about Childrens Memorial Hospital and the Chicago Cubs, pretty please???????????

Liz Garner   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Nothing says "winner" like attempting to extort a children's hospital. Wake up Governor! Your case isn't like Miranda's but your character may be.

Diana   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Rod and his wife were at a resteraunt I worked at and although I practically waited on them hand and foot, no tip! I didn't think much of him then and still don't. If you can't take care of your server, how can you take care of an entire state?

Erin   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

delusional – he says "the fix is in" – why are "they" – meaning everyone in Illinois, including Democrats as well as Republicans – after him?

vana, TX   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Is CNN/Larry King paying vidal sassblagojevich for this interview? I think they got there money's worth?
Mr Blagojevich, you missed the cut for the Academy Award nominations?!

Cassandra Palmer   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Did anyone else notice that this man was arrested less than 24 hours after his threat to Bank of America???????

Julie   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

why doesn't anyone address what he is saying about the impeachment process? regardless of what you think of him, what he is claiming sounds unconstitutional, yet, because it is happening to him and everyone has already convicted this guy, no one seems to care, if we can't protect our rights under any and every circumstance for any and all defendants, we will all certainly lose those rights eventually.....and rightly so.

Paul in Chicago   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

A question for the Governor:

"Governor, setting aside the specifics of your own case for a moment, and speaking as both an attorney and as an elected official, would you please explain to everyone the important and very real differences between a criminal trial and an impeachment process, especially in terms of 'burden of proof' and 'due process'?"

Sharon A. Hansen   January 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Again, the people of IL do not want Blago impeached ONLY for the recent criminal allegations. It is for ALL of the past 6 yrs. of his illegal hiring/firing of state employees, hiring people who make contributions to his campaign, the disregard of the IL General Assembly, etc. The criminal allegations of selling Obama's Senate seat was the 'straw that broke the camel's back in IL. The citizens of IL know what has been going on and until Dec. 9th, the was brought to the forefront of many more people in the US.

Rick Murrell   January 26th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Give up while you still have a chance Rod. You are just about ready to break down and start crying right on the air with Larry King.

david   January 26th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Governor Blagojavech already knows that he has no possible way of winning either the impeachment case or the criminal case. His legal defense team quit because blagojevich has "difficulty listening". This is why he is attempting to try the case in the public eye. Blagojevich ignored every deadline to file a plea, file motions for witnesses, subpoena evidence for his impeachment trial and has snubbed his nose at the whole impeacgement process. He is waisting valuable tax dollars that could be spent on education, roads, public transportation, health care and many other worth while projects.

Mitzy   January 26th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

If he feels he's innocent why doesn't he cooperate with the State of IL and step aside until everything was cleared up like they asked him too. THEN and IF he is innocent, he would still be in office. He has pushed them to hold the impeachment proceedings by not even trying to cooperate or talk about what has happened. He is and always has been combative and in the "It's all about Me" syndrome.

Tina   January 26th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Govenor-why did you agree to do these talk shows and interviews if you are not truly willing to answer the questions and try to defend yourself. By dodging the questions you only make your guilt even more apparent. I am soo ashamed to live in illinois.

Jen Peterson   January 26th, 2009 9:38 pm ET


The seat of government in Illinois is in Springfield, and Gov. Blagojevich refused to move there because he had a 7 year old child who couldn't be moved 170 miles!

Patrick Fitzgerald did not tap Gov. Blagojevich's State of Illinois office phone in Chicago because he spent so little time there!

So where did the governor work? At his home and his campaign office a few blocks from his home. He was an absentee governor, and now he thinks he can fool outsiders into siding with him!

It angers Chicagoans to see this national media blitz, because you don't know him..

Jen Peterson

Akn   January 26th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I think this guy may get off the hook, things he said may be misinterpreted, example: "it is a goldmine, I won't let it go for bleeping nothing" . Yeah, any senate seat is offcourse a gold mine, what's wrong with anybody saying that? the question is ..was he trying to mine the gold for himself or for the state of illinois, he could have been refering to the seat and not the fact that he personally wants something from it but he may want something from it for the state of illinois. the later part of that statement couldhave ment he won't let it go for nothing unless the state will profit from the individual filling the seat, meaning, he wants someone who can make sure the state benefits. Not someone going to washington to sit like a lame duck. I think the feds should have allowed him to commit the crime but a lot could have been damaged.

Roy   January 26th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I like to watch Larry but due to the constant flashing and changing of images on the screen it is becoming unwatchable.

Please consider that.

Sandra Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry, I am getting very frustrated to conitnue to hear our Governor state over and over all these "trumped" up things he has done. Has he spoken with his Lt. Governor in over a year? The governor seems to be completely out of touch with the true state of business in Illinois. He has shut our state down. Governor, do you have any real answers?

Heidi Heuer (pronounced "Hoyer")   January 26th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry, why is the Governor refusing to defend himself in the impeachment trial and even if he's unable to present evidence, why isn't he cross-examining the witnesses against him?

Leanne Alhorn   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

How can the govenor expect especially the people of Illinois to believe him when he has done so many dishonorable and dishonest things in the state? All he has thought about since he has been in office is the state of Chicago, not the whole state. By the way, who paid for his trip to New York?

A citizen of Illinois

Jill   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Just quit, ROD!!!!!! IL is already the butt of all jokes on SNL, and late shows, better watch them tonite and SNL Sat!! Just a shame we have to be the butt of jokes, we do have a great President from here!!! See Rod, if you had been a decent Gov. you could have went to the inauguration!!!!Bet you wish you were in NY to be on SNL instead of there butt jokes!!!!!!!! Don't spend too much of OUR MONEY while you are there!!!!! You should have enough though, but will need it, since your wife lost her job too!!!!!!!!!!! Seems lots of us in IL have!!! Thanks,,,,LOL!

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Listen to Blago flub the answer as to why his lawyer left...Wow. He's doing a terrible job of tap dancing...This is disgusting

Sherry   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Governor, you have blown off meeting with me 3 times, so I hope I can ask you at least this one question now...

Governor, why do you continue to perpetrate the lie that you can't call witnesses? You know that you missed 3 deadlines re: your impeachment trial filings and 1 was providing a witness were also given by the Senate an extension re: witnesses that you wanted to call and you didn't respond then either.

Quit trying to be a "spin doctor" and give up your narcisistic ways and attitude and accept responsibility for your actions....past and present with re: to this media circus.

Ashamed of you in Illinois.

Gene Lea   January 26th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Gov. does not live at the capital but in chicago.
Commutes by state jet...until the state said something about.
Living here in Springfield...there is more that JUST the tapes.
And gov. was allowed to bring statements of some of these peoplethat he wants...but choses not to.

My oh my why did I vote for him in the first place.
Hey-I agree he should be here in the state not in New York.
Be here at the trial.
Hold your head high.

Anzea from Washington, DC   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich is amazingly narcissistic and may even suffer from a personality disorder. SERIOUSLY! He should just resign already and spare what little dignity he and the name of his family still has. Yes, it is a fundamental right to have a fair trial in our country, but does such a thing ever exist in the age of technology? I mean really. We are human beings and thus are inherently flawed. Our assessment/impressions (judgment if you will) begins almost automatically. Remember your mother saying "first impressions are lasting impressions"? The potential jurors would have to live on another planet without access to electronic or print media in order to truly be unbiased. Everyone else, has already formed an opinion be they positive or negative.

Commonsense in Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

To believe the drivel being put forth by Governor Blagojevich, one would have to buy into a conspiracy that has the U.S. Attorney, who was appointed by Republicans agreed with state elected legislators to ask a federal judge for a wire tap, coax an FBI agent to make up a criminal complaint and manufacture evidence so that the state income tax can be raised. It's a bunch of hooey! The Impeachment Resolution has more than a dozen examples of this Governor's abuse of power, but all he wants to complain about is the first charge...well Governor, why not talk about the others? Bottom can go anywhere in the world, but nobody is going to buy this attempt at martyrdom!

Annette (Heart of Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

As an employee, resident, and taxpayer of Illinois I say it's about time we did something about this governor who thinks he is above the law. He has governed like a dictator. He has only been concerned with Chicago and has forgotten about the rest of the state. State agencies, schools and other entities have had to wait for payment at the hands of our "great governor" and his power trip. And isn't it nice that we are paying for security for this trip to New York. I did not vote for himand can't wait till he is kicked out of the office that he hasn't occupied. Good riddance. And if he is so concerned about the people he should resign.

Roger Wyss   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

After Barack Obama was elected president the news made a big deal about you having to pick a new senator from Illinois, why did you drag your feet on that...why wasn't it done quickly as the news analysists suggested? The senator from Illinois would have seniority before all the newly elected, that would have been good for Illinois.

Bruce Jacobs   January 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Since Govrod says that his removal is imminent and since he also claims that he puts needs of people first ( ahead of his own interests), why would'nt he resign so the government of Illinois can go back to the operations of the state. I think he is enjoying the attention.

Donna   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Mike you've said it. Not buying any this bull he's sprewing out.

Gordon   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The state legislature is elected "by the people" to serve the best interests "of the people". When our legislators have not approved something how can the governor change the law to what he wants to do? We have a health care system that has no record of who has signed up or where the money is spent and our tax money was spent on unusable flu vaccineby the governor. How does this represent the best interests of the people? An 8% approval rating should tell Mr. Blagojevich what the people of Illinois think of him.

jim   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

He should of just sent a tape to ny, I JUST CANT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

Alan Gardner   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

How much was the Gov. paid to move jobs to Chicago?

Lisa   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I live in Illinois and am interested to know who is taking care of the Governor’s flight, transportation, hotel accommodations, PR firm etc. Am I, a tax-paying citizen of Illinois, flipping the bill for this media parade?

Rick Durham   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Since the Governor has kept an office and residence in Chicago instead of the Governors' mansion in Springfield (the Capitol city) and has flown to Springfield and back on a state of Illinois jet at the taxpayers' expense, would he consider in hsi final days on office putting the state of Illinois jets on E-Bay in order to help the states deficit?

Chris   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The will of the people? Seriously, Blago's approval rating is below 10%. Very few people want him in office. The will of the people is for him to be gone. He should resign!

Rob Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I wish this Gov. followed his own ethics policies that he has SHOVED!! down every state employee's throat for the past 6-years. Oh No it is "DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO" GOOD luck in your crimal trial to come!!!!

Fran Cella   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I am disappointed that all of the focus is on the Senate seat – which is a small part of the entire case against Blagojevich. The impeachment is based on a long list of serious misconduct on the part of the governor – all of which was detailed during the hearing today. There is a powerful case for impeachment. I am surprised that Larry King did not do some homework on this.

Julie   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Ask him about him trying to have writers on the editorial board for the Chicago tribune fired, because he didn't like what they were writing about him? So narcissistic that he wanted to punish somebody for saying unfavorable things about him? He is ridiculous. He is a broken record today. I think he may be getting donations for each time he name drops Rahm Emmanuel, talks about free rides for seniors, and discussing how many times he was elected by the people. I have heard these things over, and over, and over. ENOUGH ALREADY.

Lisa,Springfield, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Everything that G-Rod is asking for (tapes, etc.) is only applicable to a criminal hearing. He needs to get his behind in Springfield and appear at the Senate hearings, especially, IF he is innocent. Right now, he is supposed to be fighting for his job, and his answer is to go on a media circuit, not appear at the Senate hearings?

Monica   January 26th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

What many people outside of Illinois don't realize is Blgojevich was under investigation by the Feds LONG before the wire taps revealed he may have been trying to sell Obama's senate seat. The entire issue with Tony Rezko and Bill Cellini came about as part of an investigation into the governor and pay-to-play politics. Others in the ring have been investigated, tried and convicted. For more than a year we've known the governor was "public official A" in the federal investigation, and jobs were awarded, contracts signed, and grants given in exchange for campaign money directed toward the governor. Even after all that ugliness materialized, I'm sure Fitzgerald was simply blown away at what he heard on the wire taps...I know I was.

Steve   January 26th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I'm from Illinois. Wish Larry would ask him who's paying for his little pleasure trip to NY for him and all his staff

Les from IL   January 26th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

If he got a 100 on his ethics test...he lied!

Kathy from Southern Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry, would you please show Blago a map of Illinois, and let him know that the state extends much farther than I-80. There is life outside of Chicago. He is making our state a laughingstock. He's had his 15 minutes of fame, time to go!

Kate   January 26th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

And the ethics test is not administered in the State of Illinois, it's administered by an agency in California. It's an easy online test you take and print your certificate off and give it to your supervisor.

Kate – Chicago

Susan Homer IL   January 26th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Whoever that caller was ROCKS!!!! It's totally TRUE!! Even the Governer has to take it (the ethics test). But the truth is, it's so easy that Blago got 100%. What does that say??

BigD Northern Minnesota   January 26th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

This Characteristic Mob Mentality is Pandemic al Over the World Today, Like it Has Been Through-out History! Another Hanging! The only Conviction These Mob Mentality Lug Heads is in there Strength to Pile On!! Crucify Blago to Make Them Look Good!

Gov Blago Sticks to His Guns because He's Innocent + Their Excuse is That Gov Blago is Too Obtuse!

These Guys are in So Deep that they Can't save Face Without a Conviction!



Holly Maes   January 26th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The governor has made comments about him providing the people of Illinois with all this health care. My question, as a physician in Illinois who gives the care to all these people, is when is he planning to pay us. Some specialists have gone years or have never been paid for the services they have provided to the state citizens, and we kep getting empty promises from the governor that we are going to be paid sometime soon, yet the pay never comes. He needs to stop taking credit for these programs when it is the physicians of the state who are providing the care for Illinois' kids without pay from the state.

Donna   January 26th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Kate January 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Donna- there was its in the Federal indictment Paperwork that they presented when they arrested him on the 9th of December.

Governor – tomorrow some of the tapes will be played at the Senate Trial, you would know this if you were at the trial today.
Thanks Kate

Chris Jensen   January 26th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The Govenor is seperating the State House and Senate from the people. The State House and Senate were elected by the people and are in fact the "people" If the "People" vote the Govenor out then so be it. fair or unfair.

Chris   January 26th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Blago did not answer the caller's question about the state Ethics test requirement (which I am also required to take). Any one can score 100 on it–the issue is whether you apply the ethical principles contained therein which Blago clearly did not learn.

Jenice   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Blago talks but says nothing. If he was really inocent why didnt he step aside, draw his pay, and then the senate probably wouldn't be going ahead with this trial. I would have had more respect for the man had he done the "right" thing. Now I just wish the senate could take the vote today and be done with all this so our state can move forward.

Sherry   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Please tell Governor Rod Blagojevich to stop saying the "good people of Illinois" elected him. No we didn't, Cook County did!

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Lisa, that's a great question about who is paying for his PR team, his flights to do these interviews, etc. Larry, please ask this question!

Mike Kraynak   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

The governor keeps saying "he was elected twice by the people, and it is unfair to them if the legislature removes him." Would he be open to the idea of a special election where the people can vote "yes" or "no" to remove him, after he is able to state his case?

dave   January 26th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

He can enter public statements made by Emauel, Jarett, etc., he just chose not to. He can call other witnesses if he had wanted to. These are the same rules that Clinton was exonerated under in his impeachment trial.

Kate   January 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Oh yeah and on the day after you were arrested – you and your wife sent your kids to school by themselves with the driver driving them. Why on god's green earth if you and your wife care so deeply for your children would one of you not escort them to school – espically on the day after you were arrested!!!!!

Sharon, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

The Inspector General the Gov just referred to testified at the House hearings against the Gov. hiring practices, as did the auditor general. Talk to the people of IL to get the whole story. Ask him about hiring people who never work the job they were hired for, or being hired in one county but actually working in another county.

Gene Lea springfield   January 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Lots of great comments by folks on the blog
Not sure that Larry's people are feeding any ot this to him.

brittany   January 26th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I dont know if I misheard but did Blago say that Canada was a first state of the U.S???

Chris from IL   January 26th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

The Gov is setting up his insanity plea!
Say hello to George for us 🙂

Shapearl-Cicero IL   January 26th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I am a citizen of the State of Illinois who supports the Governor. I can't understand how the media could be so onesided and not object to the Governor not being able to defend himself. What is happening in this state is political railroading. I feel that the media and the Congress of Illinois have already tried and convicted him without him even being indicted. This is crazy! The Governor has helped many minorities in this state.] with healthcare and prescription drugs and etc. And the advocate we had in the Governor will be gone and the blacks and latinos in this state will suffer because of it.

LucaBrazzi   January 26th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

And I did not know anyone was watching so I should not have to apologize for ripping off The People

Corey Hipps   January 26th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

First off, the way to protest the trial, is to do so through the legal channels, in other words, show up for your day in court, or the state congress for that matter.

Secondly, for all the governor's statements about the people's will... he does realize that on our ballots for the general election, we, the citizens on IL were asked to vote if such a impeachment should be legal according to state law, and you know what? We passed it. So, I think he should just take that into account in regards to the will of the people in IL.

– Corey

Jeff   January 26th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Will someone from MSM please point out to Blago that the impeachment is a political process, not a criminal trial. The trial will come in time, to be sure. But the impeachment is about whether he can actually do the job he was elected to do, which according to nearly every local, state or federal officeholder in Illinois, he cannot. If Illinois had a recall provision, he would have been gone on Nov 4.

Betty   January 26th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

How is it that you are about to lose your job and your wife just lost hers? You mentioned on "The View" that she was at home talking to your daughters about your lifestyle change- could it possibly be because you are broke?

I find it hard to trust your ablity to handle the task and responsiblity of the State finances when your personal finances don't seem to be in order. What would we find out about you if you get audited?

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

When I asked my late father why he chose to move out of the State of Illinois, and this is the truth, he told me Illinois politicians and Rod Blago!

R.C.Cooper   January 26th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

u are innocent governor and this is political

Blagos gotta go!   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Who does he try to compare himself to this morning.....Martin Luther King, Ghandi... come on who is he kidding.

Sherry   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The gov has the right to use any kind of language he wants to use, he's in the privacy of his home. Who cares about the foul language!!!! I'm sure we all do and say things in the privacy of our homes that we hope know one else will see or hear.

Paul from Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

As a lifelong resident of Illinois I am disgusted by this whole episode. What the national media and people outside of Illinois are forgetting is that the criminal case is only one part of the impeachment and the selling of the Senate seat is only one part of the criminal case. I would love to hear Blagojevich address the issues of the allegations of trying to get the Chicago Tribune editorial board fired, of trying to exchange a campaign contribution for giving state money to a children's hospital, etc. Also, part of the impeachment involves him ignoring existing state law, and rampant hiring fraud, which has been under investigation since his first term. The General Assembly has a right to act to protect the citizens of the Illinois from a governor who has proven he is unable to lead. That is what impeachment is all about.

Tammy, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I only feel very sorry for his children to have parents who both appear to be crooked.

Intelligent vs Ignorant   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Everyone deserves a faif trial including the governor.

Even terrorists gets chance to get fair trial but not a governor?

Jim   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Ask Governor Blagojevich if he is using Illinois taxpayer money to fund this media junket to New York.

Mark   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

He can't even admit that the people of his state don't want him as Gov.!

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Larry, please ask the question about who is paying for his PR team and the media blitz he's doing...Is this being paid for by residents in the State???

Donna   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry ask him about withholding money from Childrens Memorial Hospital and meddled in the sale of the Chicago Cubs, please!

Briana   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Why did his lawyer resign?

dave   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The vast majority of Illinois voters want scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich to immediately resign as governor, according to a new poll conducted by the Glengariff Group.

The poll shows 70 percent of voters believing that Blagojevich should resign now, while only 25 percent should wait until he is proven guilty. A 73 percent majority support the impeachment of the governor – including a majority of Democrats – with 58 percent “strongly supporting” his impeachment. .

His approval rating, meanwhile, has tanked to seven percent. Among Democrats, only 13 percent approve of his performance.

Even African-American voters in Illinois, which comprised his only base of support in recent months, have broken with the governor. Only 20 percent of African-American voters approve of his performance. Still, a 48 percent plurality of black voters believe he should remain in office until proven guilty.

“There are no bright spots for Governor Blagojevich in these numbers," said Glengariff Group CEO Richard Czuba. "Governor Blagojevich no longer has a base of support from which to govern. He has lost Democratic voters, Cook County voters, and even a majority of his strongest base – African American voters – now support his impeachment."

The poll surveyed 600 registered voters in Illinois from December 9-10, and has a 4 percent margin of error.

Linda   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Being a state employee, I can see that the Governor didn't take the ethics test. If he had, he would know that there is no way to fail the test. It keeps repeating the questions until you get it right. There is no way to get anything but 100%. Wake up Governor and get yet another story straight.

Anzea from Washington, DC   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Why is everything everyone else's fault? This guys takes absolutely no responsibility. And why does it sound like he is campaigning with the continual mention of legislation enacted while he has been in office?

T. NELSON   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Greetings Larry,

Please make Rod aware that there are citizens in this country who do believe in "innocence until proven guilty" – And, this tomfoolery that is being pulled is outrageous, unamerican as well as a slap-in-the-face to the United States Constitution.

Best wishes,

John   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

That Ethics test is a joke read 5 pages about Ethics and the test qyestion is Have you read and understand? Yes or No I am glad the govenor had 100% it was a 50-50 chance he would get it right.

Alan, Chicago Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Hey Illinois is an "At-Will" State – Blagojevich you can get chopped for any reason wether you like it or not – should've changed that law when you had the chance – see you in 6 to 12!

A Mro   January 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Our Governor is a complete disgrace to the State of Illinois. He should be ashamed of himself for running our State into the ground both financially and ethically. He is making a fool of himself on national TV. But, what is worse he is making the people of Illinois look like fools for voting for the delusional fool TWICE! As for all that baloney of being a target because he wanted to make sure people had health care – wouldn't that make Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama targets as well? Show some dignity and step down!

Judy   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Governor Blagojevich was given the opportunity to have witnesses and present his case. Only some people could not be called to testify before the senate. The governor could have used the videotapes of the comments from the witnesses he could not call. President Clinton had the same rules and he was acquitted by the US Senate. Does Blagojevich feel he is better than a President? I am proud to say I did NOT vote for him. If he is so concerned about his children and family why did he not resign? If he was so certain this is a lynching, why not resign?????

Pat Waters   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

He's very good at dodging the issue. If he is innocent then there is nothing to be afraid about being back in the state he is supposed to be governing. Instead he's in New York grandstanding. If he's innocent, then get back here and stand up to the issues. He's making a joke out of the state of illinois and politics here. It's becoming quite clear through his own actions and watching his body language today on the different shows he has not telling the truth and he has abused his office. He's full of excuses and if hwe wants to show us he is innocent get back here and do it. It's time we elect sensible down to earth hard working class people to these offices and maybe then all this garbage will go away. it's disgusting

Jonathan Vitale   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Governor Blagojevich,

Have you ever told a lie in your entire professional or personal life? If so, what specifically is the worst lie you have ever told? Also, do you believe it is ever acceptable to tell a lie? If so, under what circumstances?

Willie Mae McDonald   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I believe that our taxes will be raised once the governor is impeached.

John, Atwood, Il   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I would like to know how the governor is paying for his trip to New York. Is he using his own money or money from taxpayers of Illinois.

michael j bowling   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

AsK the govoner adout large contributions from the bonan family in downstate and how one was appointed director of finance and another a trustte for Southern Illinois University ar age 27 –its already been in ill papers

vana, TX   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

WOW....CAMPAIGN FUNDS THAT WERE NOT USED?!! Who's your source?! I love it when he said "there's some people who make blantly lies" YUP YOUR ONE OF THEM!! Is this guys serious? WOW so anyone that donated to his "campaign funds" must be cringing. I bet it's people that are gonna loose their job in the future!

Marcy Feinberg   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

If the people who elected you twice asked you to step down, would you do so?

Briana   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Why did both him and his wife talk on the tapes about having newspaper editors fired?

Rose   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Mr. Blagojevich,
I think it so sad how people can't see that you should have the rights everyone should have in USA . What is wrong with everyone?
Keep strong and I pray your family never gives up on you no matter what the final out come. Your not a monster and I wish those in political office would get a life and stop being so hateful. If they have so much on you bring it. They shouldn't be so upset that your sticking up for what everyone should have the rights you have talked about over and over.
Take care
Rose, Mo

Nancy - Burr Ridge, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

You're expounding on why your legislature wants you out so they can put through a big tax increase for the residents of Illinois. Isn't it true that you've about bankrupted the State with all your "free programs" and that's why we all will be taxed for your "generosity"? Don't you realize that nothing is "free"...who did you think was going to be stuck with this bill?

Tina   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

What are your comments on the allegations that you withheld funds from the Children's Memorial Hospital until a campaign contribution was made?

Julie   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

all the free medical care, the state is not paying for any of it! Doctors are literally waiting months and months and months for back payment for this healthcare. Prisons are making towns file bankrupcy because the state is not paying the towns for utilities, for months and months. His big ideas are making things 10x worse!

Ron Vincent   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

From my perspective, this guy needs a psychiatrist.

Sandra Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

This may be the most frustrating interview I have ever witnessed on the Larry King show. You have received some real questions from the listeners and all you can put on is, "how are you going to pay for your defense." This governor has done everything but really answer what is correct tonight. I am disappointed that you have not been able to bring up some of the real problems with his governship. And, yes, governor, your approval rating is 7 or lower!

Susan Homer IL   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

We couldn't afford to have these programs, now look at the mess the State is in. Do you know what a balanced budget is?

Ron Rosenbaum   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

How can the governor square his attorney leaving because Blagojevich
wanted to speak about his case with his claim that the rules of Illinois prevent him from speaking about his case. note: I'm an attorney: he can say anything he wants about his case. He's trying to fool you.

Gentle   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I think Blago is talking too much about irrelivant stuff, signs of guiltyness?

dave   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Does the Gov. know the difference between an Impeachment proceeding vs. the criminal rules of evidence??? One is political and the other is criminal.

Morgan   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Isn't it irresponsible not going to his own trial? Would going to the trial be a show of good faith? Also, if he doesnt believe that he has a 7% approval rating he needs to talk to anyone south of Chicago.

Jeff   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Would you ask Govenor Blagovich to explain why he withheld funds to a Children's hospital until he go his donations? I think he needs to explain this to the American's he's wanting to explain things to.

mary   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

ask him about the vaccine fiasco?

Jazz   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

How does the govenor expect to defend himself when he's on a media tour instead of at the trial?

Sandra   January 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I have done alot of investigating on this issue and I feel confident that he's innocent. What's wrong with all of this is that by the time it's proven, he will have been impeached and out of office. No one will really care. Everything that was said about him at the 1st news conferance made people so disgusted that he has been forever tarnished. Everyone believed it because of the past government wrong doing's. No one stopped to think that with the pull of the right "wrong" people, it wouldn't be too hard to get wiretapping "evesdropping" on anyone during the Bush raign.

margaret a.seiler   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Rod Blagojevich states he does not live in the governor's mansion in Springfield but instead lives in his neighborhood in Chicago. As part of the job of governor, it was expected by the people of Illinois that he would live in Springfield where a residence if provided and paid for by tax dollars. This residence must continue to be paid for even if he does not live there. Instead the governor flies back and forth from Chicago to Springfield on a daily basis, sometimes for only one meeting or a few hours. How does the governor justify the expense of the tax dollars to pay his commute from Chicago to Sringfield in addition to supporting the governor's mansion and then the additional security at his house in Chicago. Talk about wasting tax dollars.

joy   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I voted for the govenor twice. I do not want him to think that he continues to have my support, Nursing homes are not being re imbursed. Nursing homes are so broke some of the older folks cant even get a cup of coffee. I do not think the senior have received much support at all.

George Redell   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I think its funny that Blagojevich ethic exam is required by all state employees and he cannot follow it himself. I have taken the exam and it says that you are not allowed to accept gifts of more than have a value of $100. There was no test this year. It makes me wonder if he took it this year.

Paul   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Geeze..Im so tired of hearing Gov. Rod talk about the seniors - what he didnt mention was that now we have to pay MORE in monthly fares because he rammed this through at the CTA was begging for money as it was! Not sure why he keeps touting that!

Michael Parido   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

If the Governor is so concerned about the people of Illinois, how does he justify spending all the money he spent flying from Chicago to Springfield instead of taking residence in the governor's mansion like other governors do?

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Briana, Gov Blago was asked the question as to why his lawyer quit...He totally flubbed the answer. It was absolutely comical.

Ruben   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Ruben – Hanover Park Illinois

Governor, that 7% approval rating came from the Chicago Tribune- and a few months before you were arrested, it stood at 14% according to the Chicago Tribune. It's great that seniors can ride transit for free and the list goes is Illinois paying for all of this? Reports on CNN indicate that doctors are fleeing the State with child care workers since THEY ARE NOT BEING PAID! What do you say to this? Please resign governor, so that the state can get back to work.

Todd   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

What about the chicago childrens hospital that was shaken down? Also, what about his friends kelly, rezko, Cellini and all the others that are already convicted or indicted? Please ask about this!

Valentin   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I would like to ask Blagojevich why he is so open to give up all his tapes and YOU ARE and yours are NOT? ????

Sam   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I would like to ask.....Is it true that Governor Blagojevich could have submitted written statements from supporters for the Senate trial in Illinois, but did not?

Doug   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

You know as well as anyone that the Illinois Senate has made provisions for you to request witnesses be called on your behalf during the impeachment trial and that you, and your counsel, would have the right to cross examine any witnesses brought by the House prosecutor. Given that knowledge, why not appear and defend yourself in that forum rather than claiming you are left defenseless?

Molly Missey   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

He says that he did not try to sell the senate seat but when did goverment become all about doing what is best for yourself and not what is best for the people? I do not aprove of the gov saying he would pick a replacement that would do something for him.

Alan is Miggy! Chicago Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Hey Illinois is an “At-Will” State – Blagojevich you can get chopped for any reason wether you like it or not – should’ve changed that law when you had the chance – see you in 6 to 12! Loved you on the view though! Can you make a reality show from County?

JoeJackson   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

why are the talk shows wasting our time with an obvious criminal. Can't wait for him to be thrown out of office. Too many crooks like this in office.

dave   January 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

he is afterall a lawyer

Ed   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

to CNN moderators. So much for freedom of speech!!!

Ted   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich keeps asserting that he acts on behalf of what is right for the people of Illinois and not himself. Why did he insist and approve having his name on every tollway sign in the state of Illinois KNOWING that someday soon it would cost the people of the state of Illinois hundreds of thousands of dollars to remove his name when he was no longer the governor?

serafim de Oliveira   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Governor will you ever have the courage to apologize to the people of Illinois for the ordeal you have been putting them through? If so when?

Diane Arnold   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Rod admitted he chose not to live in Springfield, but if he is so worried about the people of the state of Illinois, why does the state have to pay for him to fly back and forth to Springfield so he can attend Congress? And pay for his wife and kids to fly around the state? I am also guessing the state is NOW paying for him to fly to New York!

Charles Head Normal, IL.   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Dear Gov, You have robbed all of the special funds set up by the Sec of State, you've waisted billions of matching funds for projects to keep us working. You fly back and forth every day istead of staying at the gov's mansion....You missed one tv show you should have been ... Jerry Springer! Tell Gov. Ryan "Hello"

Tricia   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

His approval rating was a very low 12% (at that time the lowest ever) before this all came to light. It has very little to do with the economy but more to the fact that he is a horrible governor.

Sharon, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

A few weeks ago on the ABC nightly news, Charlie Gibson, announced the "Person of the Week' was a woman who 5-6 years ago wore a wire to 'catch' the Gov's illegal activities. She works at a hospital who was looking to get state funding, but didn't when the hospital didn't contribute to the Governor.

Andrea   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

2 Question:

1. Blago just said that Burris clerked for Thurgood Marshall – when did Burris clerk for for Justice Marshall? I can find no evidence of such clerkship.

2. Why does Blago think that constitutional protections provided for criminal prosecutions (e.g., 6th amendment) apply to his impeachment hearing?

jenny   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Why are people always picking on the gys that help low and middle class why cant you just leave them alone!!!!????? For god sake they are trying to help people that really need it and now you are making them look really bad!!! Thats mean !!! You shouldnt't judge anybody until you walked in their shoes so all you that dont like Gov Rod Blagojevich you should just LEAVE HIM ALONE AND GO DO OUR OWN STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Douglas V. Janis   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

How does the Governor respond to the accusation that he withheld payment to Childrens Memorial Hospital until he could secure a political campaign contribution from them/

Rita in IL   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I want to know WHO is paying for all this publicity? did he fly in the state jet to NY? Is the money coming from our tax money? He just said the money in the Friends of Blago fund is being held in escrow so we MUST be footing the bill for his photo ops....GET OUT OF OUR STATE PERMANENTLY, ROD!

Beau   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I applaud Gov Blogoyavich (sorry for the phoenic speling) for going forward and fighting for his "due process." He is entitled to that right under the laws of our Constitution...but obviously not under the laws of the Legislative Republic of Illinois. This is all about politics and from watchig and listening to the Gov on tow shows today. Good Luck Governor!.
Springfield, Massachusetts

Kimberle'   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I believe the Gov.'s media blist is working despite the fact that i believe he is guilty as sin; but i actually feel sorry for the governor

amarie   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I live in Illinois, and I want the Gov. to know that everybody isn't against him . Keep fighting, they can laugh but you will win!!

Mary Beth Watts   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Larry: Please get the governor to talk about all of the people who lost their jobs when he first took office, then sued the State and got
their jobs back.
The medicine he said he got, ended up not only making people
mad but the State had to pay millions of dollars and then the medicine
was no good.
How about the Hospital that refused to pay him anything that started
this whole investigation. It was a hospital around Chicago and he
had promised them substantial money.

Julie   January 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Governor, you claim to be staying in the office for the people of Illinois. The business of the State of Illinois is conducted in Springfield, IL. How many days have you spent in Springfield in the last YEAR?

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Sanda, I totally agree...The Larry King show is not asking very VALID questions. I am really disappionted. We have the right to know who's paying for this media trip. Who cares what comedians are saying...Wow!

Beth   January 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Question? If everything the governor has done with healthcare and ignoring JCAR and the legislature is so great, why is our State about $2.3 billion dollars in debt? Seems like he might have been awarding contracts for money the whole time he has been in office.

Ted Perillo   January 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Gov. Rod has started all these health programs, but he has no way to pay for them. Pharmacies, hospitals and doctors all wait for up to 6 months to get paid for services.

Lucy   January 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET


Please continue talking to the media because everytime you do the senate will use it as evidence. They've admitted last friday's interview into evidence this morning. As a citizen of Illinois, I move for a recall and have the citizens vote you out.

Matthew Purcell   January 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET


I'm from Champaign it is time to give it up and resign you no longer have my vote.

Joel Gonzales (Actor)   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

First of All larry King You Been Doing A Great Job keep it Up Cnn Rocks, To The Governor Rod Why are You all over the place accept in The Courts? After all just like you got freedom of speech your innocent till proven guilty so go deal with good luck and go obama Love ya Larry CNN The Best.

Donna   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Yes, Larry thank you and bless you!!! Thank your for asking that. I think most of us want to hear it.

You're the greatest!!!!

Chris from IL   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Larry –

Please ask the Gov who is paying for his newly hired PRF team?

Jonathan   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET


What do you plan on doing once you are removed from office (which even you admit is inevitable)?

Cindy   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

As an employee of a state funded program, I think it's interesting that in his personal accolades, this man fails to mention that for the various 'benefits' he's provided, he failed to arrange funding for the programs – the hospitals and health care providers, and the CTA are facing MAJOR budget issues because of his ineptitude. Does he have a response to this?

Celi A   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

This guy Blagojevich, reminds me of Belize's former prime minister Said Musa. He tells one lie after the other that even he now believes that he is telling the truth. Musa is awaiting trial on theft charges.

Amy   January 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Submitting my q didn't work, so I'll go this way. 🙂

He's admitted circumventing the legislature. Please ask him how that is NOT abuse of power.

Eddie South   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The Governor stated that he didn't live in Springfield because he wanted his family to have a normal life. I believe he has cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in presonal use of state owned aircraft for which he failed to pay income tax as required by federal tax codes. Could you askthe governor to comment on that.

Rob Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

BigD – Minnesota

I dont know which rock you have bin hiding under, but have you looked at the State of Illinois lately? I'm sure if you would like to have him in your state as Gov. there is alot of people in Illinois that would help him pack up and probably even chip in for his one way ticket to Minnesota, to be close to you.

Bill   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

How can this guy look at you and America compare his self with the great men of our nation and the world and compare hisself with them, he closes prisons that have recommendednot closed, closing parks, boasting of health care that he has no way of funding with out raising taxes, the list is just to long to list! And if he would get out of his office in Chicago and talk to the citizens he would quickly find out we want him out! soon before the State goes farther down the toilet, He is clearly a legend in his own mind, Not ours!

Kimberle'   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET


I actually believe the Gov.'s media blitz is working; despite the fact that i believe he is as guilty as sin, i sort of feel sorry for him.

Jim   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I would like to know why the Governor would not release the money for teh childrens hospital in Chicago unless he recevied and campaign donation??

Thank You

Al - Chicago / Toronto   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET


Great interview as usual.

Can this CNN tape be entered and cross-examined by the senate and the FBI?

if they decide to take him off the hook, and instead of putting him in jail, what will he do for society, inas much as President Obama is doing? is he going to be in alignment with Obama's governance strategy?


Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

It looks like a lot of people want to know who's paying for his PR team, the media trip...Please ask!

Danny   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

If the Governor has the people of IL in his best interest, then why are we paying for a Governors office in Springfield and Chicago, also paying for transportation? Also, why have State Parks south of Chicago been closed?

Jeff, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Governor Blagojevich mentioned being entitled to a presumption of innocence from the media along with the criminal justice system. Why would he expect to get a fair shake from the media when he was alleged to have threatened to withhold state funding to aid the Chicago Tribune’s financial woes unless certain editorial board members who had been critical of him were removed?

Jerry   January 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Previously, I had a very negative opinion of Gov. Blagojevich. Since watching today's interview, I have to say my opinion has changed considerably. Governor, what can the people of Illinois do to pressure the state senate to give you a fair trial?

Tonya Ramey   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Our wonderful Governor Blagojevich keeps talking about how he has givin healthcare to all the children of Illinois around legislation is that why Therapy Centers, Doctors, Hospitals and Clinics are not being paid and now these children with State Medical Cards are being turned away with the reason being the State has not paid and they can't afford to except any more debt.

Sarah   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

A 7 % approval rating sounds about right, maybe a little high. This govenor is not well recieved in the State of Illinois. The State has a enormous defecit, bills are not being paid, state funds are not being distributed to schools, nursing home, etc. A major Prison is on the verge of being closed and many historical sites and state parks are being closed just to mention a few things. How can he think he is well liked in the State of Illinois and where exactly has all our tax money gone?

JoeJackson   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Blago claims he is only thinking about the people of Illinois. Give me a break, he only cares about his greedy self.

Rusty   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Mr. blojo Why is it that power people that the public puts there trust in miss uses it then contributions are able to be used to bail you out or should you ask congress for a bailout?

Aleksandra Cvjeticanin   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Why was Senator Blagojevich worried about how to present the offer to Winfrey?

Marisa   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Remember when Blago withheld money from a Children's Hospital? Awesome.

Carrie   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET


I am not the biggest fan of Gov Blogo, but I think that was just a bit cruel and downright mean to put him on the spot with having to respond to the comediens' clips. He, of course, gave the politically correct answer that "it was funny and all just fine" but I still think that was pretty hard ball – if that is what you were going for. Just a bit disappointed.

Charles   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Has he given state employees due process before he fired them in the same way he's demanding due process from the Senate?

Melinda   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

For those outside of the state, who only got in on this with his arrest...

He did not get the budget he wanted last summer, so his office announced that they would be closing state parks and historical sites. On close inspection, all sites on the chopping block were in districts where Sen/Reps did not agree with him. None were on the chopping block in Chicago. Some included were Lincoln sites which were gearing up for the Lincoln bi-centennial next month.

He ordered flu shots...was it from Canada?...that could not be imported per US law, but he paid for them with state funds anyway. He holds school money hostage, he holds social services' money hostage, he holds money hostage that belongs to anyone who looks at him wrong or speaks ill of him.

Way before he was alledgedly attempting to sell Obama's senate seat, he was selling state jobs and contract to the top bidder.

He sets up socialized medical programs with no idea of who is going to pay for them. He set up free rides for senior citizens on mass transit systems with no government subsidy–so who reimburses the transit lines?

He lives at home in Chicago and only goes to Springfield when he absolutely cannote get out of it. When he does go, he always flies down and back each day on taxpayer money that the state cannot afford to spend.

While many politicians use and abuse power, he utterly abuses his power in every single step. He serves only one person and that is himself. He truly needs to go.

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

Did the taxpayers pay for this trip like they are paying for his home office in chicago?

Kate Haskin   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I am a resident of Illinois and believe me, we want him out of office. This crybaby "but the citizens of Illinois want me here" is garbage. We are embarrassed, humiliated and sickened by this man. The impeachment can't come quick enough and the only saving grace in all this will be watching him get carted off to prison for 30 years. I hope they shave his head!

ctajim   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

All seniors ride free. How did you fund that? CTA just raised fares.

Joel Gonzales   January 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Larry Your the Best On Political Issues. But the Question to Rod Is Dont Run run If your Innocent Fight It all You Say your Gonna Fight To the end so do it. Your Innocent till Proven Gulity

Sabrina Biziarek   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I think it was cruel that you would show those clips mocking him on national television and make him watch them. He's a person with feelings too, even if you think he did something wrong.

GoldMarley   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Keep up The American Fight. This IS a Real issue that shouldn't be pushed over soo fastly!

Melissa   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Can he honestly say that this is a "witch hunt"?

DAVID   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

even though i think he should be allowed his 6th amendment right, just the fact that he laughed at his own SNL parody jokes in a situation like this, I think he should do some time in club fed! federal prison! anyone else to do what he did would be in big trouble.

Pat Waters   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Now he says we don't know who our representatives are. How brazen is that .Speak for yourself Governor it's time you resign and leave

Amy   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

He didn't attend the hearings to set up the rules, and now he's crying foul.

Jess   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The people of IL no longer want you as our governor. Stop talking about the past elections. We want you out ASAP! Right now in 2009 the will of the people is for you to stop disgracing our state.

Ron Vincent   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Money .... the root of all evil.

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Another non-answer from Blago...Way to Go Rod!

Naperville   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

It is unfortunate to see that the press has already decided that Blago is guilty. I am not a big fan of him but having seen some of the programs earlier including No Bull on CNN, I am getting a distinct feeling that the press is playing the same game as the state legislature. They have already decided and now just going through the motion.

In that way I like your program Larry. Just ask the questions and let the people decide. Thanks

Rita from Northeastern Ohio   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Blagojevich needs to be allowed to see what the government exactly has on him. Maybe he did do something wrong, but maybe he did NOT do anything wrong. We live in a country that has a judicial system that claims "...innocent until proven guilty..." . Sooo, does that not apply to Blagojevich? Seems like the media has helped sway public opinion toward a view of or belief of Blagojevich's guilt. Typical biased media hoopla, just to get the public's attention and/or better ratings. Sure does seem like Blagojevich might have been thrown under the proverbial bus. I just don't know who or what to believe. Wish the media would TRUELY be UNbiased with their information. Officials need to allow Blagojevich and all considered to hear the actual tapes. Seems he's done alot for his state-seems only fair to allow him to prove himself. In the grand scheme of things...there's been way worse things other "leaders" have done-lest we forget President Clinton was impeached, yet, look at how now revered he and his wife are treated.

David   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The day before he was arrested, Blagojevich made a public announcement that he was suspending all state business with the powerful corporation Bank of America.
This was because Bank of America is hoarding the bailout money for their CEOs rather than lending.
They refused to lend to a small business in Chicago, causing people to go out of work and hungry.

Think this is all just coincidence? Think again.
This whole thing is about Bank of America.

BuffaloBen   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I watched your program and I liked gov answers

Jeanne Herren Aurora, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

They came for the Jews, I wasn't Jewish, they came for the Blacks, I wasn't Black, they came for the Govenor, I wasn't the Gov.... THEN THEY CAME FOR ME! Gov, It does not look good – but I do believe the Impeachment process should most definitely allow for burden of proof and ability to respond as in any allegation.

Good Luck

Mike Henken   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

You know, I really can't figure this guy out. He is unique to say one thing. Well Blago, you have my support unless you are proven guilty. I have been following this story very closely since the start and i have not been happy with the prosecution and the impeachment process. I believe he needs to be proven guilty before he is fired from his job.

Les from IL   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Look at him avoiding the childrens hospital issue

dave   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Boy, is he dodging the quetions. He says the same thing overand over on each show.

Sandra Illinois   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

That's it! His answer about the lawmakers truly show how he feels he is the only one in the State of Illinois. Governor, if you are reading this, you have put our government in Illinois back to the dark ages. How disappointing!

Sean   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich,

I want to let you know that I support you in your cause and legal fight. You have essentially been tried by the American media without ever receiving the rights guaranteed to you by the U.S. Constitution. Continue fighting for the Constitutional rights that are afforded to both you and me. In the end, the Constitution prevails and you and I understand that is bigger then us and our respected states.

ted   January 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

i was laughing at the Gov's comments, until you showed all the late night skits. that was just mean. it served no purpose, except to humiluate the gov. no newsworthiness. just knocking someone when he is down. unprofessional CNN, you should be ashamed, no better than FOX....and that is sad

Paul Wood   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

ask the governor who paid for his daily commute from Chicago to Springfield. Didn't he know the job was in Springfield when he ran for office???

jim cation   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I am a 70 year old, life long republican but I am in your corner. You raised my cost of living less than any other governor. What happened to "Innocent until proven guilty"?

Rose Sommers   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Since the governor does not live in Springfield, who pays for his transportation back and forth, and does he receive money to rent his house to himself.

Tracey   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

What is wrong with this person? The FIX is in... What does that mean? I know you are innocent until proven guilty, but he is not making a good case for himself

Teresa   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Do you know how many people believe that the capitol of Illinois is Chicago? He is making a mockery of the people of Illinois. He uses taxpayers hard earned money in this economy to travel from Chicago to Springfield when he wants to. If he doesn't then he holds up government and wastes more money. He should be gone.

Sharon, IL   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

If all a person knows about the Blago situation is what was on the National stations, GMA, The View, etc., you are only hearing HIS side of the story. Again, the people of IL, who are the ones that really matter, know what this guy's been up to. The city of Chicago got this guy elected the 2nd time, not the majority of the State.

myron   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

The governor should just plead insanity because he must be crazy if he believes that the people of Illinois are going to support him as governor after all of us have heard him on tape.

Jeff   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Please tell the Governor that the citizens of Illinois see through the charade. His strategy is as transparent as it is cynical. It is called "poisoning the jury pool", and every radio and TV interview is designed to reach the one person that may hang the jury during the criminal proceedings. Adding insult to injury, he is outright pandering to the black citizens of our State by outrageously comparing himself to truly extraordinary human beings like Mandela and MLK. It is insulting on so many levels, and is somewhat reminicient of what George Ryan did by issuing the moratorium on the state death penalty. It didn't work for GR and it won't work for Rod. He has taken "business as usual" and actually made it sleazier.

Susan Homer IL   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I can say that as an average viewer I CAN name my State Senators and Representatives. Does he think that the same idiots that voted him in twice have no idea who represents them? I'd say that's an insult to those idiots' intelligence.

Ola   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I think the Governor has been doing fine for the ordinary people in Illinois. Particularly – Children's healthcare, Senior's transportation, etc. etc. He never gets any respect from the Democratic leaderhip in the house. While he might have made some foolish comments, I dont believe he is guilt of trying to sell the Senatorial seat. This is America, he should be allowed to call witness and defend himself, then he can be convicted if the evidence is against him. Is anyone listening to Pat Buchanna on the MSNBC, even Pat a conservative, believes that the US Attorney – the prosecutor, Fitzgerald, do not have anything susbstantive against the Governor. The prosecutor asked for an extension of 3 months to gather evidence. Why did he announced at the Press conference that the Governor is being arrested, when he did not have his evidence against the governor together. I think the Governor should open a support-line web site and support demonstration to force the Illinois house to give him a fair trial.

Kate   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Did he take a vacation day today??????? Please tell me we are not paying for him to be on his media tour!!! He better be on a vacation day.

Kate – Chicago

David   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Blagojevich may be in the twilight zone, but CNN looks even worse for playing the comics' clips to him live with a close-up shot of his reaction. That's not journalism, it's just mean.

Karla Canaday   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Is is just me, or did R. Blagojevich not answer any of the questions asked during this interview? When asked what "bleeping golden" meant, why didn't someone just ask him what he meant by golden?

When the caller asked about the ethics test that state employees are required to take I would like to have asked why since it is unethical to accepts gifts for yourself or for anyone else in your family, he accepted the monetary gift a couple years ago for his daughter. I don't know of anyone who gives a child several thousand dollars for a birthday gift.

Why didn't he move to the mansion in Springfield? We pay to have that mansion fully staffed and ready to go at a moments notice, for what? What does it cost to fly to Springfield? Is that the best use of the taxpayers money?

Tina   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

all kids covered. not mine. i tried soo hard to get my child insurance through all kids. i knew that i would have to pay based on my wages and i was told that since my child had coverage previously she could not be covered until she was coverage free for a year. a 2 year old coverage free for a year? he is crazy

Cynthia Spinks   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

It is SO obvious that Blagojevich has so many memory losses re: specific taped messages that he made, and kept saying that he couldn't coment on them taken out of context. Is he trying to make the viewers everywhere think he is such an outstanding governor; and he keeps telling us about all the things he did . Thanks, Larry for a great interview

Jane   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Governor – You take money for state contracts and jobs. You fly back and forth from Chicago to Springfield at our expense. You close down historic sites and parks without a second thought. You say you have provided health care and free rides for seniors, yet the truth is, your programs have helped to break the financial back of this state AND they have been found unconstitutional because you "went around" the legislature – in other words, you broke the law. You stink and you need to get out!

Elizabeth   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I happen to know my state senator and state representative by name and face and I have happened to met them both. I really don't think that I am that out of the ordinary. On top of that I also know the state representative and senator from my school address. Where does he get off?? The executive is more representative of the people??
Again–not sure how to analyze Rod's government

dave   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Another softball interview.....

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Not impressed with the interview...Sorry Larry...Usually you bring informative questions to your show...Not tonight....Thanks though.

Leo E. Maxson   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Why not let the Governor make his case before everyone jumps to conclusions on sound bites and unproven information? Innocent until proven guilty – the beauty of living in the USA.

Ed   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

To CNN moderators MY question to the Governor or just my comment on freedom of speech?

Michael Parido   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

For those who don't get it, in the criminal case pending, INTENT is all they need to prove. The federal atty. stopped him BEFORE he sold the senatorial seat. It was his INTENT that is illegal.

Charles Head Normal, IL.   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

MidWest Operating Engineers with 24,000 menbers did not support you, what does it tell you when you have no union support from the Chicago Unions, and may I add the strongest Chicago Union.
Mr. Gov, you do not have my support, Please leave for the good of the People of Illinois

Abby Weeks   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Hi my name is Abby and i'm twelve years old.
In class we have been discussing current events and you are a main topic.
I want to know why you received such a valuable part in our country and have the privelage to appoint a new senator and you mess it up.
It's extremely hard to replace Obama but to sell it off?

Donna   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

OMG he avoids the question for Childrens Memorial Hospital. He also did not answer the question of Wrigley field and the IFTA (another threat of withholding funds if the Chicago Tribune does not fire their editors.)

He weasled himself around all questions tonight. The man makes me sick!!!!!

pandita   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I don't think he is guilty. He did not sell the seat. I think he was just in a very jovial and casual mood and just said something which he did not mean, and didn't realize mean people were going to trap him.

People can say anything, like he said, which they really don't mean

Linda   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

It doesn't matter any longer to the people of Illinois if the Governor has "committed a crime". He has demonstrated repeatedly that he cannot effectively run the government in Illinois. He has been at constant odds with almost every lawmaker in Illinois and has numerous allegations of pay to play. He wasted millions of state dollars when he went against other lawmakers and federal laws by ordering vaccines from out of country that ended up being trashed. He has never had the ability to work with other lawmakers in running the state causing a tremendous rift to exist between him and all lawmakers. He is being impeached because he cannot govern effectively any longer. Regarding being elected 2 times by the people of Illinois, it just shows what his 15 million dollars of campaign money can do in a cash strapped state like Illinois.

Jim wachel   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Is today's media blitz an attempt to get one juror of the criminal trial to hold out?

Mark   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Did he just say that the people of Illinois barely know who their congressman etc. are? Is anyone offended?

Blagos gotta go!   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I agree I think this interview is one of the worst ones I have seen. Is he nuts. All his answers don't even address the question. He needs to answer the questions. When he avoids them it makes him seem even more guilty. Can't he see that people see through his fake answers.

Joe L.   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The governor was not entirely truthful (no surprise) regarding ability to call witnesses.
The governor had an opportunity to submit a list of witnesses to the senate for the impeachment and chose not too. Please aks him why he is intentionally misleading your viewers?

Edgar from NYC   January 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Once again it seems like the media is jumping the guns. Hasn't the media already trialed and sentenced the governor?

Jill   January 26th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Guess we have a new King now......Rod Blago>>>> Sorry, ELVIS >>>> he thinks...........I do know who my senator and congressman is and some of the other ones over 100 miles away..............I'm from the lower end of the state, but must be dumb!!!!!! Yes Mr. Blago we have a few things in IL, but it takes all of our elecetd officials to do it , not you!!!!

Disgruntled in Chicago   January 26th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

He wants to talk about all the good he has done… That he’s given free rides to seniors, but it has cost us, the “non senior” more money to ride the CTA. The rest of us have to pick up the slack. Hey Rod, haven’t you learned by now… NOTHING is FREE!! And you call yourself a Cubs fan, and a Chicagoan, Wrigley Field was built in 1914, not 1915. This is not the only fact that you have missed the mark on.

-Disgruntled in Chicago

Sara kay Ruebling, Spfld. Il.   January 26th, 2009 10:01 pm ET


kari   January 26th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Come on guys!!! This guy deserves a chance to DEFEND HIMSELF!!! This is what is great about America, INNOCENCE until proven guilty or otherwise. You do not strip a man of his power based on an allegation for which the indictment is even final... IS ANYBODY HOME???? Please, there is a national economic crisis, he did not run Chicago in the hole. Afterall, this is the state that President Obama himself represented as Senator before. The guy deserves a chance and DUE PROCESS. PLZZZZZ

Karla   January 26th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I just submitted a comment, please omit my last name

G. Franklin   January 26th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

You know, we all deserve the benefit of the doubt.
Why do I feel like this man, Gov. Blagojevich is being railroaded into something that he probably did not do? So tell me Larry if I say to you, “I love your suspenders” I want them and you say to me “I’m not giving you jack, I’m not giving it up that easily, no I will not give it up for nothing”. Now, does that mean that you want to sell me your suspenders? Come on give me a break. They should listen to all of the tapes and take it from there.
Best of luck Mr. Blagojevich, I hope that they leave you alone soon.

G. Franklin
Ft. Worth, TX

dave   January 26th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Me too Elizabeth. I KNOW MY stae reps/senators by name an face !!!

Cherlee   January 26th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I have an adult son with Down syndrome who cannot get funding in our lovely state of Illinois due to huge budget cuts. He needs a day program but cannot get funding. I am embarassed to be a citizen of IL- we rank 51st in the nation in funding for the disabled – our most vulnerable individuals – Puerto Rico is ahead of Illinois in their funding for disabled individuals. What will happen to all the newly diagnosed autistic children when they become adults? Maybe their parents should move to a state with better funding for the disabled.

Donna   January 26th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Yes Wendy we are the victims. Good point!

Sarah   January 26th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Isn't there a prison in Pontiac that could use a celebrity tenant?

Easy to judge   January 26th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

And Bush did not get impeached?

So easy to jump into the popular bandwagon.
Has he really done something that others have not done or are people jumping gones because the governor seems like a proud man.?

Mike Wiltse   January 26th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I work with the media, and I've seen rookie reporters ask more difficult questions than Larry posed tonight. What's up with that? Maybe the CNN staffers simply didn't do their job. Very disappointing.

Sarah   January 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I have to second you, dave. . .I also know my state reps and senators by name and face, and they don't even have to have their names on the tollways so that I know who they are!

Julia   January 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

If Rod Blagojevich cared about the "people of Illinois", he would have resigned the minute he was arrested. New York City, you can keep him. WE DON'T WANT HIM!!!! He's damaged the state of Illinois beyond belief.

ABM   January 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET



former Chicago resident   January 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

He is full of it and as guilty as the day is long! He's a typical Chicago politician – CORRUPT. Everything is true, don't belive the soft-spoken man on your TV people! He's full of it!

Rick   January 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Watched the show with an open mind. After 15 min's and watching Rob dig his own hole, I doubt anything he had to say had any merit.
To hear him now on the "circuit" The attempt to sway the jury of public opinion seems to me to have failed, and failed miserably.

scitizen   January 26th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Give Gov. Blagojevich a chance to confront the legislature and be given a proper hearing. His arguments make sense. The presentation by the FBI accusing agent was grossly overboard in it characterisation of charges and unprofessional. Let's invoke due process in this matter.

Phi   January 26th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I agree with the Governor. EVERYONE should be allowed to defend themselves, PERIOD. These type of activities set precedence to incrementally reduce the rights we have as citizens, and public officials/servants.

GoldMarley   January 26th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I asked my parents and my granparents, all they know is what slander has been said about him. Can it be so simple to disguard an Honnest man?
I believe him when he says his heart is with the people. He is fighting with his head up!
This is a witch hunt- we have not changed sence those early days, but gotten worse- and he is the target of this.
Special Interest Groups and Corporations are behind this Slander.
Whats happened to The Presumption of Innocences?!

preston   January 26th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I understand Rod is a Presley fan. How about a few lines of Jailhouse Rock ?

Steve Maxwell   January 26th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I can't wait till "Elvis has left the building"

Dustin   January 26th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

You know, after seeing the Governor tonight, I honestly believe the whole impeachment proceedings are being conducted in the wrong manner. I think we'd all like to believe the Governor is guilty, but honestly what proof has allowed all of us to make that accusation? I have my doubts in the man just as much as anybody else, but doesnt EVERY person have the right to defend themselves when they are accused of a crime? The Attorney Gen. was extremely unproffessional by sensationalizing all of this and giving the media a field day before there was even any hard evidence. That seems like the Att. Gen. was tainting a jury pool and a state legislature, but not giving Governor the chance to even defend himself. Bottom line, the Governor might be guilty but we should all presume he's not until the prosecution can actually PROVE it.

LC   January 26th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I doubt I will be watching Larry anymore....sad, but I was incredibly disappointed during the segment where we all had to watch as Blagojevich watched himself mocked by comedians, for his HAIR!! Come on Larry... stay with the issues. I was really saddened by what seemed to me to be little more than boyish mean spiritedness. I wouldn't allow my children to do that, and can't imagine why the host of an adult show should make us witness it. It's fair game when a comedian does it, and the subject has a choice whether or not they will watch, or turn away. We shouldn't watch them as a captive audience at their own humiliation. I want to see us move toward a more dignified nation, not a nation screaming "sticks and stones will break my bones..."

Interviewing him, and asking him tough questions is fair game. He consented to that. But public humiliation over his hair??? His appearance? Very very uncool Larry. Hope you are disappointed in yourself too.

Donna   January 26th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Yeah New York, if you want him that bad please take him off our hands LOL!

Illinois Educator   January 26th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

This is a Human Resource issue. Illinois legislators and their constituents are releasing the governor of his duties. In other words, Your Fired! Nothing personal just business.

Tina   January 26th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

seems the govenor has supporters, but if you notice they are not from illinois, because we are the ones who see his handy work

Gary   January 26th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

How would the governor explain that he may have expanded the All Kids program to an extended 35,000 residents, but the 750,000 clients of the program have to cope with the nonexistent physicians willing to accept the program. This is due to lack of payment or months delayed payments. Furthermore once the payments have been received they are merely 10 cents to the dollar? He also stated that the ethics training does not cost any employee anything, including himself. I find this hard to believe, when I, (employee of the state) took the ethics training, it took approximately 45 minutes. Every employee of the state is paid with tax dollars, therefore this ethics training costs the state hundreds of thousands of dollars. I hope the rest of the nation can see through our lovely governor's lies!

Kate   January 26th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Tina – I agree. They also haven't read the impeachment papers and rules, nor the federal documents.

Kate – Chicago

State Employee   January 26th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I watched the Impeachment trial today – the entire thing and he was given every opportunity to present evidence, even thought there was no one there on his behalf. Everyone was sworn and procedures were very formal. The prosecutor stated under oath that even if he came upon evidence that p[roved the Governor innocence he was required by law to present it.
I think that's pretty fair. Rod needs to can his mouth and show up at his own hearings!!!!
When he says he circumvented the legislature, he just hung himself in the impeachment trial... Bye, Rod!

LisaB   January 26th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

This is great entertainment, and probably what Rod should/will put his future's all about justification. He may be eloquent, but he could have accomplished what he claims was his goal without this conspiracy. He is clearly intelligent and theatrical...but this doesn't make a lasting politician. Acting looks more promising....

Gary   January 26th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I don't think his rating is even 7 persent.

Burris gave Blago $20,000 how is that not "Pay to Play"?

Phi   January 26th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

While I agree that we are not from Illinois, this is not just an Illinois issue. It is about OUR rights. Even a murderer caught on camera has the opportunity to defend himself/herself.

ezeckiel   January 26th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Mr KING I understand you will be interviewing former President Jimmy Carter tomorrow and I want to know his view regarding his recent denial to enter Zimbabwe by the Mugabe regime. I believe this was the first time the former President has been denied a visa to enter any country. Has the Group of Elders given up their fact finding mission in Zimbabwe since they were denied entry? What is the way forward for Zimbabwe?

Dutch Disgusted in IL   January 26th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

If you are to be commended on your job as Gov. I think you are crazy!!! You stalled the budget in IL. for a long time, that proved absolutely nothing. You did not match Government funding for roads and that cost us many millions of dollars and many more jobs. Please step down and let the people of Illinois have a fighting chance in a volatile economy. You are truly a discrace to the people of Illinois.

Larry   January 26th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Good show with Gov B. Unfortunately, he didn't tell the whole truth. Re: the transportation for seniors, he wrote the bill as a last minute add on to a state budget that the legislature passed 3+ months late because of his objections, and then he pulled the funding the following year. Re: healthcare for kids and mammograms for women, the state is 12-14 months behind in payments to providers, in part because of these programs. He doesn't talk about the non-existent capital spending bill and the matching federal funds that were lost because of his inaction. He doesn't talk about the jobs that have been lost because of him.
The state is non-functional because of him. He really needs to go, and quickly...!

Tyler Warren   January 26th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Gov. Blagojevich is the first person I ever voted for when I was 18. What he is accused of doing is disgusting. But he is right. He deserves a fair trial and it seems he is not getting one. Everyone across the state, even across the nation seems to already have their minds made up about him, without letting him plead his case before the powers that be. He should be allowed to call witnesses in the Senate trial and the tapes should be played for the senators.

God bless his poor family for having to go through all this, especially his two young daughters.

shelly conner   January 26th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

It is my understanding the House impeachment committee and the Senate has some of the tapes that were authorized by a judge to be released and will be hearing those in the trial. I am confused as to why the gov. doesn't think he can be present or call witnesses when he missed all deadlines, especially the one to subpeona witnesses. This impeachment is more than the Obama seat. It is his inability to govern and know about the people he claims to be representing. I am one of them.

Les from IL   January 26th, 2009 10:15 pm ET


He has been offered every chance to defend himself but he has refused every opertunity. He was envited to participate in the development of the impeachment rule in a room 140 feet from his office but refused to attend and make his concerns known.

State Employee   January 26th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

By the way, I know my State Reps & Senators & I want him gone. They work for me.
He forgets these little details when he's playing to the press.

If these other people have sympathy for him, let him go work in their state. Illinois wants him gone!

Donald in Illinois   January 26th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

As a citizen of Illinois I am so embarrassed by what he has done while Gov. OK, he has done great things for people. But were they things that the House and Senate voted on, or were they just items that the Gov. wanted so bad he would not sign the bill until he changed it for his own good?

The US Senate seat issue is not the only issue that he is being tried on by the State Senate? It is one of many issues, and I believe he will be impeached because he constantly has overstepped the legislature many times.

I believe your days of freedom are numbered, but you days as Governor are over.

And for all to understand, he lives in Chicago and does not fly or drive to Springfield every day. He works at an office in the State of Illinois building in Chicago almost all of the time...when he is not out jogging the streets of Chicago. He does this so his daughters can go to a Chicago school.

The State of Illinois needs a Governor that allows state business to be done, not one that flies to New York to be on TV shows.

I have disabled friends that are unable to get needed health care because the departments do not have any more money in their budget to pay for the needs of the disabled citizens. Counselors are released and needs are forgotten. Is that the way this Governor wants to be remembered? Promises are not kept.

Donna   January 26th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Kate that is how I feel. Most of these talk shows just stuck with the selling of Obama's seat and not the other allegations in the impeachment papers. Question – I do not that our bond rating went way down since this happened but am I hearing this right that this man does not get Homeland Security Briefings since this happened as well?

Karen   January 26th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Rod's comment about our elected officials not being representatives of their constituents is ridiculous. How can he say that the lawmakers are elected in smaller districts and yet we don't know who these people are? Doesn't it seem logical that the smaller the area (Congressional District) the more likely it is that everyone knows everyone else i.e., the big fish in a small pond versus a small fish in a big pond.

Then he said, “These people come from a state government far away from where they [the constituents] are.” My congressman still lives in his district and had owned and operated a family business that has been in the area for over 100 years. To infer that our congressman are not representing the people is just wrong.

Trixie   January 26th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Maybe he and George Ryan can be buddies.

Eloina Diaz   January 26th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Larry I have seeing your show every night for the last 20 years. I just sow the show tonight with Gobernador Baglojobich,,I like the gobernor, I think he deserve a fair trail. Baglobich is right , all the information that U.S. Attorney has browgh for criminal charges are not substantial and by pooling the gun before he had any proven facts is a wrong thing.

I also sow Heraldo tonight and Heraldo has a good point, The City Attorney should not have destroy this family without first having any proof. The U.S. Attorney is full of bias.

This Is an example of everything is wrong!.

I emmigrate to this country thinking is the best country of the world and that their system was not currupted and is the example to other countries, what is happening now for not given Mr. Baglojevish a fare trail?

Eloina Diaz Mexican emigrant living in Houston, Texas.

David   January 26th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Hahahahahahaha from IL. All you out of staters. Rod is as full of Chicago politics as they come. He got caught big time. Fitzgerald has never lost a case here. He has Rod by the short hairs. He would not have run with it if he did not have a case. He will be joining Ryan in theOtto Kerner Suite in the IN prision.

Atorius   January 26th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

simply unrelenting the denial. Mr. Blagojevich portrays on national television ....seriously why does he do it ?

he evades every question thrown at him it's just crazy .. i mean

the fact that blago here has the daring to even speak on national television is just nuts know full well that he that he did it ....bu then agian who can blame him..........

Tina   January 26th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Phi- true. and you are right innocent until proven guilty in our wonderful country that is what our men and women are fighting for. However, selling the trying to sell the senate seat and using government for your own personal gain aren't exactly the types of examples we as americans should be proud of. And not trying to get into we now better than you. just saying some of his "great plans" and "wonderful programs" are not so wonderful take it from those of us who are living with it. also

Kevin   January 26th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

You people that are not from Illinois are buying into his lies hook, line and sinker. Blago will be sitting in a cell next to former Gov. Ryan in about 12-18 months. Anyone who thinks this is some type of lynching don't have a clue.

Mike   January 26th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

I don't know how the Governor could possibly say that he was chosen "by the people." Nothing happens in Illinois without the approval of the Bi-partisan "mafia" ("machine" is too soft a term to describe what these clowns have done to the state). I would like to know how much Burris paid for the Senate seat, too, and I would also like to know how and when the feds are finally going to take out the rest of the trash. I agree with the comment that the 7% approval rating may be a bit high. At one point I thought this guy was "Bleeping" crazy, but the rest of the nation needs to know that these activities and antics are nothing more than "business as usual" for Illinois politics. Jim Edgar was the last clean politician to hold this office. I also like the way "Chicago Witch" refused to answer the question, "Did you say those words?" tonight on Larry King. And to see him getting caught using the language he used against the President and against the Cubs–you couldn't wiite a better script than that! Looking forward to the respectability that Governor Quinn will bring to the office...

S.N. BRODSKY   January 26th, 2009 10:21 pm ET


Candace   January 26th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

I think people (including Blago) are forgetting that impeachment and removal from office isn't a CRIMINAL trial, nor does he have to be convicted, or even accused of a crime in order to be impeached and removed. This is a POLITICAL process, and I think we have more than enough reason to remove this man from office. He is no longer trusted by anyone. You have to have some kind of trust, support and respect from others in order to effectively run a state. Blago has none of that on his side. It's time to get IL back on track.

Anne   January 26th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Larry, I love you, but tonight you disappoint. I didn't expect a cross examination, but really, your questions and lack of follow-up made me crazy.

Also, I'm no Blago fan, but the SNL and other skits were uncalled for. They were meant to humuliate, right?

Kate   January 26th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Donna- that is correct. He lost his security clearance that all govenors have, he's not privy to the information that all other governors get from the Federal Gov't and Homeland Security. One more reason why he's not able to serve the state of Illinois as govenor.

Another thing many do not realize is that the Govenor had the opportunity to step aside and appoint Lt. Govenor Quinn as acting govenor while the investigation was going on. But HE choose not to do so, just like he choose not to participate in the setting of the rules for the Senate trial and didn't request for witnesses to be called.

Kate – Chicago

Phil   January 26th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

So, as I understand this.....

If I am being prosecuted in a court of law (I do realize that the rules are different), and I choose not to defend myself immediately, I can not choose to defend myself at a later time if the court proceedings are still in process?

In my opinion, I do think he is guilty. I just think he should be able to defend himself as long as the proceedings are in session. Just think what could happen in the future with other citizens....incrementally speaking.

Les from IL   January 26th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

You out of staters really need to take the blinders off and learn what this impeachment is really about

Mae Mitchell   January 26th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I am a senior citizen and was having problems with the internal Revenue pertaining to taxes that I had paid and the internal revenue was
trying to make me pay additional taxes that I didn't feel like I owed. I wrote a letter to the Governor explaining the situation and heard from him within a week to 10 days later. Within a month after writing to the Governor, I got another letter stating that everything had been taken care of. I think he is a very caring governor and pray that he will be vindicated from all charges.

Rita from Northeastern Ohio   January 26th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

All politicians are VERY good at being "Spin Doctors"....spinning info to their advantage...whether this info may or may not be the whole complete truth. All media is to be included in this "spinning" as well. Its like the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. We the People are manipulated one way or the other, by all politicians and media as well as government! We have thousands upon thousands who have lost their jobs, yet we are forced to waste our time to listen and/or watch this Blagojevich stuff. What is it exactly that we the people are being distracted from?

Bill - ex Illinois resident   January 26th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Blago will join other Illinois governors in jail...have you seen what he spent on his future home? All one needs to do is view the video of the Larry King interview, and understand body language. He was covering up something all the way.

That's why I moved out of state...poor government by the Democratic machine. Just wait until your taxes are increased. And what do you get? Poor schools (despite a great effort by Arne Duncan), poor roads, high debt burden, poor Medicare/Medicaid eimbursements for hospitals, poor business formation and support for entrepreneurs, loss of jobs to surrounding states, etc. etc. Illinois is already at the bottom of many lists.

Wise up Illinois!!!

Deborah Mullins   January 26th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

The Feds are hiding alot of informartion from the public regading Blago trying to "sell" a senate seat. Why didn't the govt. allow this ILLEGAL transaction to occur? They would have exposed a corrupt Gov. of IL, AND the person who BOUGHT the senate seat. Could it be Blago was "all show, and no go", or was the person who tried to BUY the senate seat (Jesse Jackson, Jr.) a FEDERAL INFORMANT, that the govt. HAD to protect??? BOTH sides of this saga STINK TO HIGH HEAVEN!!!

catmill   January 26th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Poor little Rod. Anyone who is not from Illinois has no idea what a terrible, arrogant governor he has been. His impeachment really has nothing to do with the criminal trial . . . that was just the last straw, really. They don't need the criminal indictment to impeach him – they have plenty of other really criminal things he has done that he power of his office has allowed him to do. He is despised by Dems and Reps and Independs alike in IL. I think he is actually mentally ill and needs to be commited to an institution.

Jesse   January 26th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Rod – I have done nothing wrong rings of a familiar record of political wrong doing does it not? You have clearly done everything wrong. We do not want to see or hear any more of your lame excuses.

Jeff Illinois   January 26th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

You people not from illinois need to know what we have gone through the past few years. He rarely goes to the State Capital. He hands out high paying jobs to unqualified people. He calls special sessions of the house and doesnt show up. I'm embarrassed to be from Illinois. Its a joke and every citizen of Illinois knows it.

Impeach him   January 26th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

You people–Larry King–treat this all as "political theater". None of you have bothered to travel to Illinois, to interview the state employees who have been terrorized by this governor, to ask why state parks are closing, why social services are cut, why schools and roads are crumbling, why businesses are fleeing the state, why state government has been paralyzed for the past 6's all about ratings and late-night jokes to you guys but to us, it's been a financial and political nightmare. We are the victims of this man's self-serving ambitions and he has made Illinois an international disgrace. And you make it worse by providing him the attention he craves at our expense. You should all be ashamed. This isn't journalism or news; it just plain hurts.

Wendy   January 26th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Larry did not ask the tough questions; he let the Governor keep spitting out his same old lines he spoke all day on TV...amounting to the equivalent of Nixon's.."I'm not a crook" when he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

As a resident of Illinois, I'm embarrassed by our Governor's continued demonstration of his lack of leadership...he should be in Springfield defending himself (a place he loathes to go), but instead, he's making headline news.

Others have said it earlier (who obviously live in Illinois and follow government action) that the REAL problem with Blago is he sold IL contracts for personal gain. Not surprising he would try to do it again when he had something so valuable...Obama's Senate seat.

Phil   January 26th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Please share. What is this impeachment really about?

Crooked politicians?
Mob Ties?
A crazy Governor?

Does it really matter when we are talking about the right to defend yourself? I do not any of that matters. Try to move past the disgust for the way the political system works (because most of them are not 100% honest with the people) and we all know this. Just my two cents.

dave   January 26th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

There is a difference between the political act of Impeachment and a criminal proceeding ( the Federal arrest). Impeachment is NOT a trial and the rules are different. He CAN call witnesses to the impeachment hearing. The impeachment does NOT directly address the federal charges, they are listed but NOT being considered. Those that are being considered are about his inability to preform the duties of governor NOT trying to sell the senate seat. He declined to defend himself. The US Constitution concerns itself with criminal proceedings only. The impeachment proceedings are quite similar to the process we all face in the private sector... the people of the State of Illinois (through the impeacment HEARING, not a trial) want to FIRE him. Plain and simple. The media never brings that up.

Trixie   January 26th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

His "medical coverage" (AllKids) is public assistance. He did not raise taxes on the "working people" of Illinois, but knowingly raised and passed the taxes onto businesses. In turn, "working people" of Illinois suffered. He likes to circumvent the truth.

Tina   January 26th, 2009 10:33 pm ET


Steve   January 26th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Dear Gov Blago,

Honesty is telling the truth to others.

Integrity is telling the truth to yourself.

Leo   January 26th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Why not give the guy a chance to defend himself. There's more to this story. Was it really necessary to handcuff him in his own house in front of his family? Everybody exaggerates in phone conversations, you need other corroborating evidence like was there money exchanged. To those people that don't understand what taking something out of context means or taking only bits and pieces of a conversation, let me give you an example.

"I would never say something like, I could make lots of money by selling Obama's Senate seat" Now, if you only quote the last part of this sentence it would sound like "I could make lots of money by selling Obama's Senate seat". By only quoting parts of a conversation, it could change the whole meaning which is why we should give him a chance and let the whole conversation in those tapes be heard.

Kevin   January 26th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Believe me, the state of Illinois is in terrible financial shape. I am a school teacher and I am seriously worried about my pension.

Rita from Northeastern Ohio   January 26th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Clinton was an impeached President of the United States of America...and look at him now...doing quite well. Politicians in every state who are shady and don't step up to actually help the public they represent. Sure maybe this governor dropped the ball and appeared to not help his people with Medicare, roads, taxes, ect...but what state doesn't have a crooked governor/senator/rep/? Heck...we the people have even had BAD presidents over the years as well.

Jimmy   January 26th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Terrible interview. Larry King never pushed this time get Nancy Grace to ask the questions.

Kristy   January 26th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

If Republicans want a re-write then the President should give it to them. Add in all the infrastructure he wants and get rid of the tax cuts that he doesn't want. If he lets them walk all over him now, they will continue to do so. He needs to let them know that he will stand his ground if they are unreasonable. It's time for President Obama to realize that working together with people in the senate is completely different than being the President and working with the senate. This is too important for him to let them take over. As he said, he won. Time to throw his weight around.

Also, I think he will lose credibility if his administration doesn't pursue the Bush administration for their war crimes. The Bush administration and republicans pursued Clinton relentlessly for a stupid fling he had with Monica Lewinsky. We can't just ignore war crimes which are so much more important. I imagine that President Obama will eventually realize that republicans are not interested at all in bi-partisanship. I just hope he realizes it sooner rather than later.

Kevin Owen   January 26th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Our Governor is so full of himself he has forgot his whole party turned against him except for his sister-in-law on the vote for impeachment.

Marietta   January 26th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I agree with one of the bloggers, I think it served no purpose to show the SNL clip making fun of the Gov. I found that portion of the show juvenile. Let the man be tried in the court of law–not in the court of public opinion!

Phil   January 26th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Thank-you for the explanation. But you know the reality of the situation. As most of the folks from Illinois think he is guilty (along with a host of other politicians) and should be removed from office. I think this is way more political in nature than is presented in the media. Politicians are scrambling to distance themselves from the Governor just so they don't go down the tubes with him. He is not the first, the only, or the last crooked politician. So let him defend himself, and destroy his own political career in public view. If you just put him out of office, he will just return somewhere else.

Kevin   January 26th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Fellow Illinois residents shouldn't worry. Blago will be impeached and out. It is just a shame that he his fooling a lot of people with this media blitz. Hopefully people can see through the show.

Donna   January 26th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Jeff, I agree. We have gone through a lot here in Illinois. This man is so arrogant that he thinks he can side step the JCAR rules to get his health coverage signed into law for part of the population and in my opinion at the expense of others. He sure speaks bad of the Illinois legislature too. In his mind its like the legislature is moot with regards to advancing his "so called ideas" and constantly side stepped the process.

Thea Jordan   January 26th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Larry, thanks for presenting a fair and unbiased show. Everyone is entitled to have a proper defense and to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Both sides should be able to bring forth any evidence or witnesses that would support their case.

Amy from IL   January 26th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

I am an IL state employee, my husband is in mid-level corporate management and my 2 daughters are college students. Between the 4 of us, we can not name one single person that we know who is a Blago supporter. I don't know where the 7% of Illinoisans who supposedly approve of him are at. Must be in Chicago because they sure aren't in Springfield! I am sick and tired of hearing that he is doing what the people want. Downstate sure didn't vote for him the second time around!

Monica   January 26th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

I would think if one carries the postion as govenor, that he would be the first to know what is in the contitution of the state that they are elected to. How the impeachment procedures are heldl Now he says it not right? Why didn't he bring up how "un-fair" it was 6 years ago and at least try to change it. Gosh, just another one of those things that make you go "hmmmmmm"

Decatur, IL

dwayne   January 26th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

this is the cure...with the housing market in the state it's in the politician makes the worst decision's . giving money to the bank ...c'mon and what happen . the bank can't say what happened to the money. now if they gave the money to the people who are losing their homes and out of work, bail the people would help the economy, for 1 the money still go to the banks .2 people get to keep their homes which should be the major concern " they say" and it gives folks a chance to and time to get back on their feet with no jobs, and we hear a lot about middle class and never the poor.. yes it's a poor class out there and the numbers are greater . but it's simple it takes more explaining.

dave   January 26th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

The Gov, by his own words on the day he was arrested, was NOT handcuffed in front of his children. He stated that day that they were asleep. You get arrested and you get handcuffed. I handcuffed all of people who I arrested as a cop for 28+ years. My wife is a teacher and the Gov has raided that pension fund several times. At least my pension is NOT run by the State of Illinois.

As a resident of Ill who does know my reps/senators by name and face (and I do live just outside of Chicago) I want the the Gov to be FIRED. After that he can have his day in COURT, Federal court, where he can use every portion of the US Consitution to defend himself. He is entitled to be able to answer the criminal charges he faces.

I just want him fired.

Rita from Northeastern Ohio   January 26th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I am sorry that Illinois is in bad financial shape...tis not fun. Ohio's finances is in the sewer. Look at how the Unemployment Bureau is out of money and needed to ask for more money to pay all the folks in our state who depend on that income, since loosing a job. Federal government should have given that bailout to the people NOT to the financial institutions, who by the way, have the odacitiy to now ask for even more money because they ran out of that money. Bank of America, CitiBank stating last week they're about out! And Blagojevich is bad? hhhmmm, seems the focus is on the wrong topic–Blago's problems may be bad, but in the grand scheme of things, the media needs to hype up on these banks, with the same passion as they are after Blagojevich.

franco   January 26th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

Larry is great by allowing someone accused and presumed guilty by the media to have a chance to speak to the people. The ILL. govt. is afraid of Blagojevich because his is his own man and he will not do their bidding. I hope he clears his name and runs for office again.
Seems the US attorney can reveal only as much as he wants to.
Once the damage is done it's to late to find the truth.
What ever happed to the American way of "innocent until proven guilty"

Kathy   January 26th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I take serious offense to Blagojevichs' depiction of how we think in the southern half of Illinois. That we don't know our representatives or our senators, and that we don't keep up with the politics of Washington or Illinois. He may think we're a bunch of corn grown hicks but trust me we are very political in this part of the state. You don't have to live in Chicago to know your politicians or the politics of the day. And we are very informed on the exploits of him and his wifes’ activities in bankrupting our state for their own political and financial gains.

Phil   January 26th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Thanks for the discussion everyone! Thanks for the Show Larry!

Tracy Wikoff   January 26th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

The Governor talks about ethics and the ethics test he required for all state employees, yet he doesn't see anything wrong with using campaign money to pay his legal fees.

I've taken that test every year since it was started and it's a complete joke. I was personally involved in a report of ethics violations, I was called as a witness, the accused misappropriated federal money, but they both are still employed by the State of Illinois and have received promotions and raises since. I, on the other hand, was treated like a criminal because everyone assumed that I turned them in. I didn’t, but I would have.

The state is paying for Governor Rod’s ethics officers who review the cases and then give their recommendations for appropriate actions to be taken, but ultimately it is up to the person or persons accused superiors as to what punishments will be imposed. Our superior felt that nothing should be done.

We could eliminate these 4 or 5 positions and save the state a few hundred thousand dollars a year! It seems that ethics in the state of Illinois are extremely hard to find and it makes going to work very difficult at times.

Bill Lindenmier   January 26th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

It is too bad my previous comments were sensored, since I do not see my writing on this blog. I wonder why. My comments were not favorable to the governor. Has this guy gotten to the media? I agree 100% with Kevin. It is really a laugh when the governor questions the 8% approval rating. Everyone in Illinois questions it also since no one can think of anyone who believes him, let alone approves. If anyone questions why he is being impeached or what he has done wrong, just talk to any state employee or call the Lieutenant Governor himself.

Patty Jones   January 26th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

soft questions Larry–pretty disappointed in you.
from a resident of Illinois.

Cathy Elliott   January 26th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

I went to law school with Rod, and note that most of the negative comments about him on this blog come from residents of Illinois, the same people who have some twisted propensity to elect one crooked politician after another. How about holding up a mirror and ask yourselves why your political system was laughable long before this governor was elected?
Rod ran afoul of his very powerful father-in-law over the latter's illegal landfill, which Rod shut down. Whether that is the root of his present problems remains to be seen, but denying him his constitutional right to be innocent until proven guilty tells me more about the people of Illinois than it does their embattled governor.

George of Lincoln   January 26th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

I wonder if all the people that paid too play and contributed to the Gov Blago campaign war chest knew all their money was going to his legal defense team.

ty-f   January 26th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

dear mr king,i never did this befor,and i dont really know how this here gos,,,not to change subjects or anything,and i not sure if i will get a response,but i was wondering if you ever heard of these web-sites,`snuffix or snuffit`,i don`t remember how it was spelled,,and another 1 called`rotten.i was completly blown away by the content of these sites.what we see in movies,is real,i could not even breathe when i saw what goes on around our beautiful yet, twisted world.i cryed for 2 days about the horrendour atrosities that happen to to so many ppl around the globe,,,another thing that got my attention was the other nite watching t.v. i happened apon the home shopping channel,,,1 of the products was a lotion,,1 of the ingredients was gold.the lady was explaining that they liquify the gold and insert it ,some way into the lotion,,with global warming and the way the world looks rite now,, i feel so ashamed to call myself ,a human-being,,what is the world coming to,,all i can say is i cannot wait for the lord god to come down from hevan and say `thats enough,i let you all have a gift,and this is what it`s come to,,all day evry day,,the amount of destruction and chaos that we are causing to this breat big beautiful green and blue ball,its amazing,i know its been going on for centuries,but the last 2 or 3 hundred years,,i cry and i pray for us all,i also know there is a better way i can write this,,,but plz,bare with me,,i`m a little computer illiterate,,well,,,i most certianly hope that 1 day soon,and not later,we can all get along, and help each other and the world,,,,may God help us all,,,

thank you and have a bright and beautiful life

Leo   January 26th, 2009 11:32 pm ET

I can't believe all these uninformed comments asking that Rod be impeached. They haven't heard the whole tapes and think that somebody should lose their job without being proven guilty. This is not the America that I know. It should be harder than this to smear someone especially a Governor that was elected twice by the people. Don't be so quick to judge, based on partial evidence.

ty-f   January 26th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

and the part that really got my attention was ,american history-x,that was not the title,but the person faced the same ,,,,,i guess demise is the only way i can describe it,,i dont know if he survived or not,,,but HOLY COW,,,that was grusum,,, please,,why can`t we all just get along

Veronica   January 26th, 2009 11:41 pm ET

I want to know how the Govenor paid for his trips to all the shows he interviewed on.

If the shows paid the Gov. to interview then what will he do with the money.

Ginger from Florida   January 26th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

For the first time ever, I'm a bit disappointed in you, Larry. I'd really rather blame your boss(es). The Illinois governor's apparent mental illness is being exploited. The man is delusional. He has placed himself in a grandiose status much more than a rational Midwestern governor, or even the president of the country, may be inclined to presume. He needs psychiatric help immediately. To continue to allow him to promote his mental state via televised interviews would be like giving heroin to an addict.

Renee P   January 26th, 2009 11:58 pm ET

I am an Illinoisan and did not vote for Rod either time. I live in So.Illinois and he has done NOTHING for us. He's been in 2 terms now and what does he have to show for it?? Healthcare for poor families. I think he's made it too easy to receive it. I work in Healthcare and see it everyday. Why get a job when you only have to pay a $2 copay or no copay at all?? The people that need it can't qualify for it.
His 1st term he put a high $ amt on licensing Trucking Companies and pushed many to close or move out of state. That was devastating to self employed truckers.
He is always trying to close Joliet Prison that is over populated and wants the prisoners to be dispersed to other over crowded prisons putting the guards at risk for their own safety.
Also he wants to close facilities that house Mentally Challenged people and force them into over crowded facilities.
He wants what's best for the citizens of Illinois?? Last year he spent $290,000.00 on the states jet going back and forth from Chicago to Springfield because the Gov's Mansion wasn't good enough for he and his wife.
Shame on his wife making $100,00.00 per yr working for a "Charity" that raises money for the "Homeless"????? I'd like to work for them too!!
Lastly, how can he admit to using the Bad Language on the tapes but deny what the tapes have on them??? Get a Clue Rod and a new job!!

Bill Lindenmier   January 26th, 2009 11:58 pm ET

This is unbelievable! People question why Illinois voters, (not me) elected this guy our governor, and yet,with one interview he turns opinions in his favor. Larry, you should have had better questions and done your homework. People wake up! He is far from innocent. The Senate will prove his guilt in a very short period of time even though they do not have to. It only has to be shown that he is not fit to govern the state. By going to New York the very day that his impeachment trial starts shows he is not fit to run the great state of Illinois. By the way who is paying for his trip. I imagine it is the same people who pay for his trips to Springfield because he is so arrogant that he can't live in the governor's mansion; the taxpayers of Illinois.He is unfit to govern and it is too bad for his family and freinds that he chose not to step down gracefully. He has skirted the constitution of Illinois several times by his own admission and is the major reason the finances of this state are in shambles.

Bruce from Illinois   January 27th, 2009 12:04 am ET

To Mike from Fla – his impeachment won't go to the Supreme Court. He will only have to be impeached on 1 article of the Impeachment charges. The criminal wrongdoings are only 1 of many articles that include abuse of his power and an indictment or lack thereof wont impact those offenses.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 27th, 2009 12:21 am ET

Why is the media giving so much time to this story?
Half the pie is not done yet and people are asked how it tastes.
There are so many pieces missing only Rod knows what he has done.
Time will tell if he is guilty,in the meantime alot of people seem to like him.
There is more important things like how is the economy and people's state of mind doing after obama is in power 5 days now.
The banks burnt through 350 billion dollars and 1/10 americans are losing their homes.
the "rod saga" should be taking the back seat on the bus.

Loren Flouhouse   January 27th, 2009 12:29 am ET

King Rod needs to go!! He has been making a fool out of himself and embarrasing to citizens of Illinois.

Bill Lindenmier   January 27th, 2009 12:31 am ET

It's funny that you mention that Judy. Two parks that he shut down in northern Illinois brought in more money than they cost to keep open. He closed them obviously because they were in areas that had representatives that disagreed with him politically. He still would not keep them open even given this information by legislators and the Lieutenant Governor in his own party. He has done nothing good for the people of north central Illinois- or any other part of Illinois for that matter-quite the opposite. I would like to see him prove that he has done anything but harm the state of Illinois. I'm sure he could not do it.The legislature has given him every opportunity to defend himself and what does he do? Runs off to New York to try to convince the people who know nothing about the facts that he is worthy of defense.

Janelle from IL   January 27th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Larry, I was really disappointed that you didn't go after him harder. I was really looking forward to your show. Those of us employed by the State of Illinois have known since the week he was first sworn in what kind of Governor he would be. He fired qualified people to replace them with his incompetent cronies. We did not vote him in the second time. AFSCME did not support him the second time. Those votes must have been from the ghost voters in Chicago.

Billy, Edwardsville, Illinois   January 27th, 2009 12:40 am ET

Why have you squandered through DNR funds to pay for things outside the DNR? Why do you live in Chicago when there is a Gov. Mansion in Springfield and using taxpayers dollars? Why did you shutdown state parks that should be paid with funds from the DNR? Why are you shutting down controlled hunt areas? Why haven't you appointed a reliable DNR Director? Why are you so against the rights of hunters when we have some of the greatest hunting areas in the midwest and the country?

Mickey   January 27th, 2009 12:43 am ET

From the start of his role as governor, he has not considered the people of Illinois. He refuses to live in the state house, he flies back and forth from the capital to Chicago on the people's money, he takes out his anger that he has for our public officials by cutting out programs in the area of the Senator or representative. Programs such as Recreational area (which the state receives federal funding) and closing of a prison that is needed....(Chicago is housing imates that belong in DCC but not moved, wonder why....
money to Cook County)

Is this a true governor who takes care of his people?

Billy, Edwardsville, Illinois   January 27th, 2009 12:44 am ET

The caller that asked about the ethics exams asked why you are wasting taxpayers money on a exam for people that can't accept money? Why are you wasting our money on that exam? Don't say it isn't costing anything cause you have to have someone teach a class on it, then have someone come up with the exam, then your paying those people to take the exam? WASTED MONEY!!!

Ed Kltaks   January 27th, 2009 12:50 am ET

When Gov. Blagojevich anounced Roland Burris as the replacement for President Obama's Senate seat, the feds pulled Gov. Blagojevic's security clearance. What are we to conclude from this? Was Gov. Blagojevic asked not to do this?

Becky Timmer   January 27th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Hi Larry, Id like to know why there so upset with Mr. Blagojevich, When he dident sell the seat, I think our country has worse things happening in this country to worry about, For Gods sake look what Chenny and Bush has done to our country. The lies and turmoil and disrtuction. And the Republicans act like the demacracts want to spend money just look where they have taken this country, I think Chenny and Bush should of been impeached not Mr. Blagojevich nothing has been proven . the poor fellow hes just doing what he thinks is right. Barack keep up the good work. We love you.

Russ   January 27th, 2009 12:54 am ET

The Senate is hear testemony ad recordings about the horse racing bill and taking "campaing contributions" in order to sign the bill. There is also the withholding of payment to a childrens hospital in Chicago and stopping of a contruction program at Edward Hospital. How do you answer these charges.

James, San Luis Obispo   January 27th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Larry King: "Approval rating for Gov. Rod Blagojevich – 7% – the lowest in history"
Blagojevich: "What is your source"?
Larry King: "I don't know"

Karen   January 27th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Governor Blagojevich keeps saying he hasn't reviewed the tapes. Is it because he doesn't have copies? If so, why not? Or, does he have copies and for some unknown reason has not listened to them?

I don't know if he is guilty or not, but does anybody remember the way the press attacked Congressman Gary Condit and ruined his career over the Chandra Levy story? Are they now doing the same thing to this man?

Shary   January 27th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Who is Blago kidding? He has no explanation for his comments because he "hasn't heard the tapes". I find it very difficult to believe a man of his intelligence and in his position can't remember what he said. I'm not buying it. He put on quite a performance tonight, but I still believe he belongs in jail.

Abdullah   January 27th, 2009 12:58 am ET

If Gov. Blagojevich is not allowed to bring any witness for his trial, is there anyway he can go up to the Supreme Court and make a appeal against? Since I thought it was everyone's right to be able to bring witness for a court trial.

Ed Page   January 27th, 2009 12:58 am ET

I now understand how sick Blagojevich is. He has taken a local embarassment and made it a national issue. He should have resigned right after his arrest instead of continually embarassing himself and out State citizenry.

Rickie Brown   January 27th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Will you relaese the 1.5 million dollars owed to Bethel New Life which will allow employees to keep their jobs and recover their 10% that they have had do give up of their salary?

Christina Stokholm   January 27th, 2009 1:11 am ET

He is smooth, you've got to give him that. And I was open minded at first ... I am a criminal defense attorney and I have seen people get screwed ... For me, however, I knew he was full of it the moment he complained – with everything else going on – that some years ago you mispronounced his last name. THAT is what is at the front of his mind these days??? He really needs to listen to his lawyer (the one who quit because the Gov would not listen): SHUT UP ... you talk, you make things worse!!! Geez, what an ego this one has!!!

Jane   January 27th, 2009 1:12 am ET

Well, I am a citizen of the State of Illinois and I believe in Mr. Rod Blagojevich's innocence. He should be allowed to have all tapes played in court in their full context and not to be hanged in a kangaroo court. He has been a terrific governor. He and his family have my 100% support. I applaud him for appearing on LKL.

anne cotton   January 27th, 2009 1:16 am ET

it seems that the governor expected an attack from the state legislature because he has gone around them, as he just said, to get done the social programs which were important to him

The shame for the American people is that he is not allowed to counter the impeachment claims with his own sense of his innocence and to ask other politicians to effectively provide character witnesses to counter the unmitigated impeachment claims.

Illlinoisians have found him guilty based upon new media reports and the unproven allegations of the impeachment commitee.

I think his most gregious act is to speak without thinking. A sitting official just can't do that because it opens the door wide to his enemies.

I think we need to not make his same mistake; that we should not say things without thinking and allow him the basic rights of all Americans to be innocent until proven guilty and to answers

Ray Z   January 27th, 2009 1:19 am ET

Amazingly enough... The Governor is absolutely correct in his position. Guilty or Innocent, he should be given his day in court and presumed innocent until then. I am from California, and did not realize that any governor, including ours, could be removed from office without a legit opportunity to defend allegations. Any one of us citizens could similarly be in big trouble if taken out of context in seemingly private conversations if subjected to wiretaps. I am not aware of one person who Governor Blagojevich asked for a bribe specifically. Unquestionably, he was tried and convicted in the media and he should not be subjected to impeachment unless given his day in court. Period.

Frances President   January 27th, 2009 1:19 am ET

Not that I find the allegations levied against Gov "B" (Blagojevich) to be a small matter, however, where was the senate and America when Bush and Cheney were allegedly engaged in extortion and other crimes against our country, service people and economy via their war contracts with private contractors and big companies ? America did not make a big issue of impeachment, then, and the impacts of the Bush administration are far more reaching and dire, as we are experiencing.
I am beside myself to hear Obama speak of responsibility, while he refuses to, at a minimum, investigate, then hold the Bush administration accountable for their infractions.

jan   January 27th, 2009 1:19 am ET

When Rod was arrested, downstate Illinois did not say why? They said "It's about time" (he was arrested). There is alot more than just trying to sell the Senate seat. Let's talk IDOT.

Rachael   January 27th, 2009 1:22 am ET

The truth ALWAYS comes out in the end...and I believe that Gov. Blagojevich is innocent. Also the fact that he is denied the right to show his innocence, only proves that this truely is a "trumpted up" allegation. It is so disheartening to see how where our nation..well our world is headed. Blagojevich is merely a victim in their game. The only good to come of this is, that they have only futher proved themselves to be the REAL criminals. I am disgusted with our government. What is it going to take for Americans to wake up and take action? Why aren't the people of Illinois taking action? Are they really buying into this? Are people this frightened, that they can't /don't want to open their eyes to what is REALLY going on?

tran   January 27th, 2009 1:22 am ET

I would like to see him have a trial in court so that he can prove in front of public that he is not guilty and the house @ senate of state of Illinois can show the proof too. I think every citizen of the United States deserve the right to have a trial in court. I think that's fair. Thanks

william morris traylor   January 27th, 2009 1:30 am ET

Unable to sleep I watched Larry King Live for the first time tonight and
blagojevich looked right–like a victim.
I'm a black man, born in the south, who when I first heard of Blago's
arrest thought it was very embarrasing to obama–if not an attempt by
someone to put obama in his place–you might recall the georgia
congressman who called obama "uppipdity"(sp?)–the entire ordeal
certianinly showed the chicago machine politican side of obama which some people(voters) certainly were not aware of. I'm a obama supporter, vote for him,wore a t-shirt for him–like obama as much as
I can like and respect any policitian.
But Blago makes it soundlike he is about to be,to use a southern phrase, lynched. Say it ain't so Larry King–surely the Illinois senate is
going to present some evidence, some witnesses in support of the allegations. Blago said there were 13 allegations–if they present no evidence as to any -it's a lynching. More fundamentally,if they don't present some evidence of his selling the obama senate seat-it's a lynching. The only reason they can/will impeach Blago is because he is now unpopular–you, Larry King, said his approval rating is now seven per cent or some very low number. AS A BLACK MAN BORN, REARED AND LIVING IN THE SOUTH, I know what can happen to the unpopular- a fella from Chicago(I believe) named Emmitt Till(sp?) did an unpoplar act in the Sourth many years ago and was lynched or was hemerely killed.. For them to impeach Blago without presenting evidence, allowing him to cross-examine witnesses and present witnesses is wrong and simply shows that AMERICA has not changed at all and will not change–you can't convict,impeach or hang because we all know he did it, because the police or a respected prosecutor says he's guilty–the history of the SOUTH is full of stories of unpopular people who were lynched or worse taken into custody by the police, killed and buried under concrete because they were unpoplar–don't do this to Blago. SAY IT AIN'T SO LARRY KING but you didn't say it ain't so. CHANGE HAS NOT COME TO AMERICA because even my friend and the only president who I have ever been proud of OBAMA ain't saying it would be wrong to impeach Blago based on press reports-say it ain't so!

Frances President   January 27th, 2009 1:32 am ET

I agree, Christina!!! I said the same thing. That comment Gov. B made to Larry about his name being mispronounced was idiotic, to say the least. Gov. B truly has an uphill battle, now. I do believe he is looking beyond this impeachment at his potential commercial viability. He is directing and acting out the scenes he's conceived in his head. It's ALL in his head–or on his head?

Ray Z   January 27th, 2009 1:37 am ET

After reading more comments on this blog... it is clear, that many Illinois folks are not happy with their Governor. Unfortunately, that is not reason enough to impeach your Governor. Like him or not, regardless if he flies back home to Chicago every day or not, this man has been tried as guilty in the media. I applaud him for not backing down to the media circus and standing up for what he believes. The process of impeachment is clearly flawed and outdated. If nothing else, this case has brought this flaw in the system to the forefront of our attention and deserves to be revisited.

Max   January 27th, 2009 1:38 am ET

Not meant to be inflamatory, but people please don't mix apples and oranges.

The Illinois state senate is conducting this hearing. They are a different group entirely than the US Senate. The US Congress has no say in the impeachment of an IL governor. Blagojevich is being impeached. THere are several counts against him besides the federal charges concerning the Senate seat. All an impeachment trial has to do is prove he should be removed from office because of behavior. It doesn't have to be criminal behavior.

He has done PLENTY of things that makes him worthy of impeachment. I've written other stuff tonight, but did not mention his dealings with state budget. Kept recalling the state assembly in the summer then not showing up to do his job. Those men and women got paid for being there, then couldn't do anything. Talk to anyone in this state, especially those who live south of Interstate 80–the line that separates what is considered "Chicagoland" from the rest of the state. He's done nothing but drive the state economy into the ground. He needs to go.

Cathy Elliott   January 27th, 2009 1:40 am ET

Gee, and I thought he was just joking, like the rest of the country has, about his difficult-to-pronounce name.

jessielisle   January 27th, 2009 1:45 am ET

You are found guilty on hearsay in illinois, I know i live hear.How can you elect a governor 2terms, and all of a sudden no good? Give the man a fair trial first.

Arnetha   January 27th, 2009 1:46 am ET

I am not for or against Gov. Blagoevich but I am for right and I am wondering if anyone can say what will or what should happen if due process shows evidence of the Govenor not being guilty of any wrong doing. It will be wrong and too late to offer an apology for the distruction of this mans' life and the trust of the people of Illinois. The way he was charged came out of the dark so why won't they let him bring all of his facts to the forefront and to the light. What are the consequences and for who will they apply if the Govenor is really innocent.

Steve V   January 27th, 2009 3:57 am ET

It is my understanding that the first rule of law is that all people are presumed innocent.
Everyone is entitled to defende themselves in a court of law.
Assumption of guilt is not enough.
The procecutor cannot be GOD in this matter.
Even the government makes mistakes.

Judy V   January 27th, 2009 3:58 am ET

Illinois & especially Chicago politics have always been dirty business. Let's remember that Gov. Blagojevich has yet to be criminally convicted for any cirme. When you consider all the stories in the news about other politicians or police officers who have been accused of various crimes; they are placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal case.. Why doesn't the Governor deserve the same treatment? Let him be judged by a jury of his peers in a criminal case before we boot him out of office. I'm more embarrased by the Illinois house and senate for their witch hunt of the Governor. I can't figure out why their after our Governor. YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT Gov. Blagojevich!! Keep up the fight!

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Pete S   January 27th, 2009 4:36 am ET

The saddest thing I read here is that a good share of the citizenry of IL have forgotten that "innocent until proven guilty" is a right we ALL have. That they are willing to give it up so easily is a disgrace. Think of All Americans who have fought and died to insure our freedoms and rights. To be so easily thrown by the wayside, is the real travesty here.

Don't you realize that when you "convict" someone, as is being done here, without trial and fair hearing, you jeopardize your very own rights. When you allow the media and others to push for conviction in the news, for the sake of headlines, you help to destroy your own freedoms.
"Their day in court" "The Right to Question Witnesses", The Presumption of Innocence", "Freedom of Speech". Don't treat these rights so lightly, or you may not have them for your self some day.
I support Gov. Rod Blagojevich rights and commend him for not knuckling under to these ignorant ^&#@*( (fill in your own derogetories)

Pete S

Tracy   January 27th, 2009 6:08 am ET

I couldn't believe the mishegoss remark, if I had been Larry I would have punched him in the nose. I will be happy to give the Governor the presumption of innocence in his ongoing legal problems, but this interview proved beyond any reasonable doubt that he is an arrogant putz.

Janelle from IL   January 27th, 2009 8:17 am ET

For those of you not from IL or living under a rock in IL and still believing this man is innocent – PLEASE read the impeachment papers. They lay out ALL the reasons for impeachment. State employees are well aware of IL politics – it's always been there – but this guy has taken it to a new low. Blago was given the opportunity to defend himself, but chose to go to New York and "be on TeeVee" instead. He's LYING about not being able to present witnesses. He did not meet the deadline to submit his witness list. And he's a lawyer. Get all the facts before you run to this man's defense.

Dave, Naperville   January 27th, 2009 8:59 am ET

Impeachment is a formal process for firing an elected official. This is not a criminal hearing. Guilt has nothing to do with the trial.

What does have to do with the trial is performance and character. This Gov has many character questions, including possible criminal activity. he may not have committed a crime, but he did expose himself to the likes of them. Furthermore, he tarnished the position he holds be doing so. Moreover, he has reflected poorly on the "clients" he represents – the people of Illinois.

This is comparable to the conduct of a CEO. A Board of Directors woudl ask for the resignation of the CEO that is involved in legal proceedings involving criminal allegaitons. The fact that he avoids addressing the BOD further impacts his removal. Coupled with his inability to pleae his clients and gross expenses further forces them to remove him.

Patty from Illinois   January 27th, 2009 9:01 am ET

I can not wait for Blagojevich to be gone from Illinois politics. As the interview showed, it is impossible to communicate with him. He is truly a sociopath – he does not believe the laws of society apply to him. I am embarassed to have this guy represent me in any way.
If he held any other state office, he would be out on administrative leave until he was removed from his position.

I keep remembering what my mother always said...

"The character of a man is defined by how he acts in private when he thinks no one is watching".

I am not sure if she was quoting someone or not. But she was one wise lady.

MarilynR from Chicago   January 27th, 2009 9:09 am ET

I agree with many, that the governor deserves and hopefully will receive a fair trial for the criminal complaints against him. He is innocent of the criminal charges until he is proven guilty.

However he has governed irresponsibly, resulting in serious fiscal issues for the state, and those who rely on the state paying their bills. His inability to compromise has resulted in a complete deadlock in Springfield. And now, after all this, he is clearly unable to govern, irresponsibly or otherwise. He needs to be removed from office.

mark   January 27th, 2009 10:36 am ET

That was a terrible interview with Rod Blago, Larry didnt ask many questions, very few followup questions, its common knowledge what the man the allegations are especially with Childrens Memorial the interview was incredibly weak and poorly done. Diane Sawyer earlier in the day asked tougher questions.

vic quijano   January 27th, 2009 12:28 pm ET

coming only from my gut feeling, gov. blagojevich is going around pleading that he is not guilty of what he is accused of, and believing that there is no absolute on the area of politics, i tend to believe him until proven otherwise in the court of law.(our more sensible standard of descency? im wondering why not any of the media gave this guv. some encouragement at the very least, especially that abuse and even blind ambition in government offices is not un-heard of including the justice dept.

Nancy   January 27th, 2009 1:51 pm ET

Larry, after listening to the transcripts that were presented at today's impeachment trial, it is clear that you were duped by this manipulative, dishonest man. Don't feel bad, he has duped the people of Illinois too. They are tired of it though and are no longer falling for his manipulative untruths. Sorry that you gave him an audience to tell his lies.

Ganeshan   January 27th, 2009 3:42 pm ET

After watching the show yesterday and other shows today, I do not understand one thing, Everyone boasts of transparency now. What is the harm in releasing the contents of all the tapes so that the public will know the truth. But for a portion of the selected part which helps to indite him, why not the public who elected him know the entire truth. There seems to be no evidence to the public who elected him twice except a mini portion of the tape. are other members involved ? or there is more. That opens a lot of questions. Thus irrespective of what he says, there should be sufficient evidence released to the public who must be allowed to judge on the basis of the contents of all the tapes. This almost amounts to censorship.

Holly   January 27th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

HE HAS DONE PLENTY WRONG besides trying to sell the senate seat! This investigation has been ongoing since he became governor. He didn't get re-elected because he was any good, but Illinois is a Democratic state and he was the Democratic nominee... of course he wins by default. I certainly didn't vote him in!!! The clincher was when he tried to sell the senate seat.. THERE IS PLENTY TO IMPEACH HIM... so get your facts straight!

Ian Black   January 27th, 2009 7:28 pm ET

Hi – Thought it was a bit much CNN / Larry King in Governor Blagojevich's interview – to bring in the Late Night Comedy guys – this was embarressing and not up to the usual high standards of CNN I thought.
Otherwise – Great shows aas always.
Ian Black in Samoa

Celeste Hebert   January 27th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Unfortunately, I missed most of the show. President Jimmy Carter is a great man. I am glad to see him continuing to work to bring peace in difficult places. I consider him a real statesman. I will stay up to see the rebroadcast. Thanks for the interview.

Ganeshan   January 27th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

We happen to watch No Bias No Bull. Campbel Brown is so arrogant and seem to know everything. After all in media they are suppose to report the facts and not shape the news. Despite all the issues he was elected governor twice by the entire state of Illinois. Just because he happened to be on the defensive, it does not give any right for the anchor to ridicule him. In that case she should not have invited him ar all.
Ganeshan and Kokila Ganeshan

ned boyle   January 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I never heard of jericho. ru sure it wasn't no class bobby bass?
I bet the movie is good but let's be honest...wrestling is the lowest class of entertainment and definitely not a sport

susan from nv   January 27th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Gov has got to go,,even Mayor Daley of Chicago calls him "cukoo"..

Michael Parido   January 28th, 2009 12:31 am ET

CLAIM: Blagojevich can't call or cross-examine witnesses in his impeachment trial.

FACTS: The governor ignored all deadlines for proposing witnesses or submitting evidence to defend himself. He and his lawyers have boycotted the trial. It is going on without him.

Sometimes the governor says broadly that he can't call any witnesses, which is false. Sometimes he says he can't call certain witnesses he thinks would be helpful to him, which is true but incomplete.

Senate rules bar the House prosecutors and the governor from calling witnesses that might interfere with a federal criminal investigation of the governor. But the governor could still introduce public statements from those people. He also could have called other witnesses, something he opted not to do.

CLAIM: The Senate should operate like a court of law during the impeachment trial, giving the defendant the presumption of innocence and every opportunity to put on a defense.

FACTS: The impeachment trial is a political, not a legal, process. It can take away Blagojevich's job, but not his freedom like the criminal trial he faces could. The Illinois Senate doesn't claim its proceedings are like those of a court. The chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court is presiding, but the comparisons basically stop there. There's no standard of proof, the senators will cast judgment on Blagojevich and the rules governing the impeachment trial say formal rules of evidence used in Illinois and federal courts don't apply.

Judith   January 28th, 2009 12:32 am ET

I believe its time to release the old and start new I would vote for a new policital party called the American Human Party w out any promise of personal gain.All we need is to respect each other and this earth.I dream of a day we all have a roof food health and a chance to explore earths wonders.Greed of humans sets us apart from any other habitation of this earth.No one lives forever we all try but death is eminent.

Vaughn   January 28th, 2009 12:50 am ET

would be interesting to know how many of Blagojevich supporters are Serbian, or Serbian Americans....just a thought.

Carleen   January 28th, 2009 9:48 am ET

I love watching Larry King Live. Larry is a legend in this area of live show journalism broadcasting. It's amazing the amount of coverage he and his guests covered in that 1/2 hr or whole hour.

The frmr Pres Jimmy Carter & Mickey Rourke are the examples. Also, I'm so pleased & proud of Mickey's comeback. He's deserving of it.

The prior day regarding the prior guest fallen Gvrnr of IL, Rod Blagojevich: There were prior govrnrs – two or three that were jailed for their wrong doings. I believe that the current disgraced gvrnr is in denial of his actions caught off guard and on tape. He continues to deny and trying hard to redeem himself in the court of public opinion in tv talk shows. He has raised awareness with this impeachment trial. As far as having restrictions placed on his defense. At the same time, he should appear because he's hurting his chances. If anything, he's only reinforcing his position negatively to his constitutients. Accountability. He should apologize and admit. Finally, his outwardness towards his cockey style of arrogance and recklessness behavior must have caught & attract the attention of others. Someone somewhere must have watching and monitoring his daily routines which would have resulted in taping his various conversations with others. That would explain why in the first place this occur. Watergate was a serious thing then and should never be taken lightly or dissmissed. The sample applies with Rod Blagojevich gate. If anything, the state of IL is deserving of a governor who will represent them instead of self serving.

marla   January 28th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

hi larry - love should do shows like this from a confessional rather than from a studio.

vanessa   January 28th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

We trust President Obama: we believe he cares and will do all possible to make this work. He reached out to republicans and it is evident that repubicans are for the rich in this country. Well the majority are not rich and that was evident in the elections.

mary wysong   January 28th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

No matter what happens it is the same old story in Washington. The children can't play together. The American people are tired of it. That is the reason we sent President Obamha to Washington. Let's work together.
Thank you.

George   January 28th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

As the CEO of a small business financial service company every day I see that small business owners' requests for working lines of credit are being denied.
If American small business is the fuel for growth of the economy way can't the banks lend the billions we tax payers have provided them? None of the money has hit the streets of America!

ME Rider, Ph.D.   January 28th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I just watched the two people from Motley Fool on Larry King (1/28/09) and want to report that they were in error regarding personal finance being taught in high schools.

Cooperative Extension has partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education for 20+ years in offering the High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP). The National Credit Union also provides support for such information.

In addition, Illinois has required consumer education (including financial education) for many years. New Mexico has just passed legislation requiring such. The Joint Council on Economic Education has gone back to adding personal finance to its economic education conducted in elementary through high school programs. They educate teachers, too, in how to offer personal finance classes at the high school level.

In addition, many states have personal finance courses on the books......usually hidden in family sciences, a field that is stereotyped "cooking & sewing" when actually Gary Becker, the Nobel Prize winner in economics, received his training from a family economist (home economist specialized in economics of the family (vs. firm)) for the thesis that built the time value of money concepts which earned him the Nobel Prize. Personal finance is also taught in business, math, and social studies classes depending on where you are.

How do I know all this? I was a state rep for the HSFPP for Indiana in 1994. Students for whom supplies were ordered increased from around 600 to arround 6000 that year. I've been a family economist for 20 years doing adult education and high school education for a while.

Let's get our facts straight before you make statements like Susie Ormand did when she first started........she said no financial education in colleges on one of first Oprah shows.....again wrong. Where is it? In colleges of family and consumer sciences on land grant campuses. Don't know the difference between a land grant and a regular public college. Look it up!! (They are the ones started in the 1800s to get the research of the university to the people; a federal, state, and local partnership; one of the best kept secrets in government. 4-H is the youth component. But, its family economists have been doing money management research and teaching for years....they were the ones who helped determine research based ways to collect the cost of raising a child and other important family economic data.

Sydney   January 28th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

i have a question, where is or money going? We are on a 4 week layoff trying to save our penney's.

tony   January 29th, 2009 12:45 am ET

why can't they government give each american part of the stimulus money and let them spend it, wouldn't that help turn things around.

JCS   January 29th, 2009 3:55 am ET

This issue is big and I wish the networks would get the truth to the viewers. The bailout is not for the banks. IT IS TO KEEP THE FINANCIAL SYSTEMS FROM COLLAPSING. Can we get the truth out Please.

We are spending 400 Billion a month in Iraq and we hear all this flack when we do what at the least needs to be done to keep our economy going.

How about CNN making an effort to examine the issue truthfully and factually rather than emotionally.

Jim   February 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Larry. Rod Blago is a looser both literally and figuratively. Almost verbatim word for word he is a liar. His tax position was offset by a myriad of FEES for everything that he could dream up. What's the difference whether you call it a tax or a Fee. If its money coming out of everybody's' pocket, it is all the same. He has bankrupt this state and even though he is not honest enough to recognize the fact that he has very little support in this state, when he goes to prison he will still be crying the same story. Hopefully he will get to share a cell with his predecessor and he will still be the VICTUM just trying to look out for the "Little guy". What a sorry excuse for a human being!!!!!!!!!!

kathleen,29 DuPage counrty IL   March 8th, 2009 6:40 pm ET

I am SO GLAD Rod B is OUT OF OFFICE cause he did an AWFUL JOB as governer,cause He HURT MORE then Helped working people of IL when he signed that curfew law when he was for some reason re-electioned as governer.Cause grogercy baggers OVER the curfew law age have been LOSING hours at NIGHT since that HORRIBLE guy signed that damn law and didn't just leave the curfew to the parents cause parent should be senting their own kids curfew NOT elected state governers.So I am glad Obama ran&won the2008 election since it HELPED in someway get this AWFUL Governer out of office in IL.And if anyone did buy his book for reason they are just as bad as him, and book stores should NOT EVEN put his book on in the stores and instead just have the all the copies of his book be used for a camp fire and burn all the copies of the book.Cause NO ONE should read what lies/garbage he has to say.Cause he did an AWFUL JOB as governer,and HURT MORE the helped us working people in the state,cause people like myself who are OVER the curfew law age have been LOSING hours as night since that AWFUL ex-governer signed that stupid curfew law, and also losing 2 hours in federal holiday pay when a holiday comes around(8 to 6).So I help the Chicago news channels and the cable ones stop talking about him soon cause he did A VERY VERY BAD JOB as governer for IL

kathleen,29 DuPage counrty IL   March 8th, 2009 6:40 pm ET

I am SO GLAD Rod B is OUT OF OFFICE cause he did an AWFUL JOB as governer,cause He HURT MORE then Helped working people of IL when he signed that curfew law when he was for some reason re-electioned as governer.Cause grogercy baggers OVER the curfew law age have been LOSING hours at NIGHT since that HORRIBLE guy signed that damn law and didn't just leave the curfew to the parents cause parent should be senting their own kids curfew NOT elected state governers.So I am glad Obama ran&won the2008 election since it HELPED in someway get this AWFUL Governer out of office in IL.And if anyone did buy his book for reason they are just as bad as him, and book stores should NOT EVEN put his book on in the stores and instead just have the all the copies of his book be used for a camp fire and burn all the copies of the book.Cause NO ONE should read what lies/garbage he has to say.Cause he did an AWFUL JOB as governer,and HURT MORE the helped us working people in the state,cause people like myself who are OVER the curfew law age have been LOSING hours as night since that AWFUL ex-governer signed that stupid curfew law, and also losing 2 hours in federal holiday pay when a holiday comes around(8 to 6).So I help the Chicago news channels and the cable ones stop talking about him soon cause he did A VERY VERY BAD JOB as governer for IL

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