Gov continues on NYC media blitz

Blagojevich hasn't ruled out legal action
January 27, 2009 3:24:22 PM PST
The governor spent a second day on a media blitz, again maintaining his innocence. He appeared on several talk shows in New York City on Tuesday morning and afternoon and he has more appearances scheduled for Tuesday night.

Hundreds of miles from home, the faraway governor of Illinois arrived for yet another national media interview in New York City. Blagojevich told ABC7 the only problem he had with the tapes played back in Springfield is that there were not enough of them.

"I'd like to have every one of those tapes, those wiretaps, heard at the impeachment trial," said Blagojevich.

The embattled Illinois governor visited at least another half dozen more media outlets during his second day here.

"I'm the opposite of Richard Nixon who was always trying to protect his tapes so they wouldn't be heard by the public. I want people to hear every one of them," Blagojevich told Fox News.

Most of Tuesday's interviews aired live or were recorded before the FBI tapes were released in Springfield. On those tapes, Blagojevich's voice is heard discussing a campaign contribution in return for signing legislation favorable to the horse racing industry.

The New York interviews continued their focus on the charge that Blagojevich tried to sell a U.S. Senate seat. The interviewers -- none of whom are based in Chicago -- made little mention of other counts in the impeachment case.

As he entered another national media outlet, ABC7 asked the governor why he had not agreed to similar interviews in Illinois where his alleged misdeed had occurred.

CHARLES THOMAS: "The way you talk to Diane sawyer. I'd love to talk to you like that."

"Sure. Love to do that," said Blagojevich.

Blagojevich told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he would respect "the law and the Constitution and the rules" if legislators vote him out of office. But he'll explore his legal options.

The Democrat says he knows he soon could be out of a job but says he didn't do anything wrong.

The Illinois state Senate is expected to hear secretly made wiretaps on Tuesday in which Blagojevich allegedly discusses how he could benefit from his power to appoint President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate successor.

Blagojevich has refused to attend the impeachment trial or mount a defense. He's spent this week proclaiming his innocence on news and talk shows.

The Associated Press contribute to this report.


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