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Obama Calls On Blagojevich To Step Down

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Obama Calls On Blagojevich To Step Down

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Obama Calls On Blagojevich To Step Down

Obama Calls On Blagojevich To Step Down

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President-elect Barack Obama made his most extensive comments yet about the scandal involving the governor of Illinois, speaking at a news conference in Chicago on Thursday. Federal prosecutors say Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to put a U.S. Senate seat up for sale — the seat that Obama once held.

Obama said the governor should step down. He also said he was "absolutely certain" his office was not involved in any deal-making around the Senate seat.

"That I'm absolutely certain of," he said. "That would be a violation of everything that this campaign has been about. That's not how we do business."

The topic took over a news conference that was supposed to be about Obama's new health care policy team, which includes former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, Obama's choice for health and human services secretary.

Obama took four questions; three of them were about the Blagojevich scandal.

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