Rod Blagojevich


American Politician, Governor of Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago, Impeached and removed from office for corruption; solicited bribes for political appointments, Convicted and Sentenced to 14 years in federal prison

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Health care is not a privilege. It's a right. It's a right as fundamental as civil rights. It's a right as fundamental as giving every child a chance to get a public education.

I'm going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I?m saying. And if I don?t get what I want and I'm not satisfied with it, then I'll just take the Senate seat myself.

Unless I get something real good for [Senate Candidate 1], shit, I'll just fuck myself, you know what I'm saying.

Hey, let me ask you a question? Do you think I get up every single day wasting my time doing that? I get up trying to get health care done for people, education funding, create jobs--the stuff that people care about, doing things for people.

I'm happy to make an appointment, talk to you guys about that. But I feel real good about all the different things that we do because we follow the rules and we do things right and at the end of the day, as they say in the Bible, the truth shall set you free. The truth is what it is. And the truth is we do things right.

We do everything right.

I don?t believe there?s any cloud that hangs over me. I think there?s nothing but sunshine hanging over me. ? Dec. 8, 2008, one day before his arrest on corruption charges.

I'm not worried about anything. What I'm a little concerned about is the lack of integrity and the sensationalism of some of the reporters who exaggerate and with hysterical sensationalism overstate and are dishonest about how they report some of the things.

We have to be sure [students] understand that racial, national, ethnic, and religious hatred can lead to horrible tragedies.

I have confidence that they do things right. They don't break the law or make any promises or deals or quid pro quos. Those are obvious and I don't think it takes a brain surgeon to figure out you shouldn't do those things.

I'm simply going to say, whatever letter of the alphabet you want to put on something, what's described there does not describe how I operate or how I do things, and all I'm going to say about a court case that I'm not involved in is that there's not anything for me to say.

We have to seize this moment and enact meaningful ethics reform. After all we've been through, we cannot expect the people just instinctively to trust their government. We can't just pay lip service to the need for ethics reform and expect them to go along.

I know each fund has its supporters, and that some will not want to see the surplus go to schools. But, in tough times, you have to set priorities. And our priority is education.

It's absurd, ludicrous, ridiculous, outlandish, OK? Accusations by scoundrels, OK?

We will meet our challenges head on and we will do it by rejecting the politics of mediocrity and corruption. You voted for change; I intend to deliver it... I will govern as a reformer.

I love the people of Illinois more today than I did before. And if it's a case of unrequited love at this point, I'll just have to work extra hard to get them to love me again.

I've got this thing and it's fucking golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for fuckin' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.

We won't tolerate wrongdoing and that we will work to ferret out wrongdoing and work with those who are on the same side of trying to make sure that people do their work, they do it well, and that we're responsible to the taxpayers.

I should say if anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly and notoriously, and those who feel like they want to sneakily, and wear taping devices, I would remind them that it kind of smells like Nixon and Watergate.

Kids today are technologically sophisticated. In many families, they are far ahead of their parents

Whatever happened to a sense of idealism and embracing an idea that will help people and, in this case, children?

I think the most important thing is [to] restore a sense of idealism and end the cynicism in state government. Bring to the job a desire to really make things happen and help people and give confidence back to the public.

Let me ask you one question: Are you with me? Or am I. By. My. Self!

A successful economic development strategy must focus on improving the skills of the area's workforce, reducing the cost of doing business and making available the resources business needs to compete and thrive in today's global economy.

I will continue to get up every single day to work as hard as I possibly can for the people, starting tomorrow, where I hope to meet with the legislative leaders so that we can balance the budget in a way that's fair and helps people, and to pass a capital construction program that will stimulate our economy and create more than 500,000 jobs.

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American Politician, Governor of Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago, Impeached and removed from office for corruption; solicited bribes for political appointments, Convicted and Sentenced to 14 years in federal prison