December 26, 2008
Andy Shaw from ABC7 talks to blagojevich outside the home office of one of his attorneys. Blago almost wipes out on the ice. He mentions the good things he has done for the state in defense of himself.
BLAGOJEVICH on his accomplishments:
Every child has access to comprehensive healthcare in Illinois – the first ever in the US.
All…can go to preschool – no other state does.
Senior citizens can take a bus or subway train for free – no other state does that.
All 261,00o uninsured women in Illinois can get mammograms and pap smears and if cancer is found they can receive treatment.
Did it by executive order because the legislature wouldn’t pass it.
Fund stem cell research.
On the accusations that he has abused and misused his power and possibly committed criminal activities and that’s what the impeachment’s about not his accomplishments.
Even in this process, without saying too much, that was all about trying to end up with the right decision that could do the most things for the people of Illinois, and when the full truth is told, you will see precisely that. I think the accomplishments for people speak for themselves and somehow if that is impeachable then I’m on the wrong planet and living in the wrong place.
On his foul language:
Look, if I’d have known people were listening, I probably wouldn’t have said some of the things you say in private conversations. But I think there’s probably tens of millions of people across America who talk like that from time to time.
About his new puppy:
I wouldn’t presume to make a recommendation to president-elect obama on whether that particular dog is hypoallergenic enough.
On some ad in California by representus.com:
I know what the truth is. And the truth is I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong and I’ve done a lot of things right.
On Pat Quinn’s prediction that he’s going to be impeached and convicted and thrown out of office so he should resign or step aside now:
I have no intention whatsoever of leaving a job the people of Illinois elected me to perform because of false allegations and a political lynch mob. I wasn’t hired to do that. I was hired to fight for them and I am going to keep fighting for them.