Burris tosses hat into ring for Senate

December 14, 2008 6:26:08 AM PST
Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris has expressed interest in filling the open Senate seat.

Burris appeared Saturday with several supporters who are calling on Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Democratic leaders to appoint him to the U.S. Senate.

"They said, 'Roland, we are behind you. Roland we want this to happen, and we hope you will accept our request to do this.' Well, to the media and all the people across Chicagoland and throughout the state of Illinois, I am happy to be able to answer that call," Burris said. "With my knowledge and experience of Illinois and the U.S. Senate -- I know a third of the senators currently serving -- I would go in there hitting the ground running with an agenda for Illinois and an agenda the President-elect wants to carry out across America."

The former attorney general also said if he's selected, his knowledge and experience of Illinois and the Senate will allow him to hit the ground running.


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