Burris Refused Seat In U.S. Senate

The secretary of the Senate today turned former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris away from taking the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Burris says he's a "solution to the problem." He would also be only the fourth black Senator since Reconstruction.

But senior members of his own party have pledged to block his appointment — or any other made by tainted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

Farai Chideya speaks with NPR's Cheryl Corley.