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Blagojevich Finally Speaks: 'I Will Fight, I Will Fight, I Will Fight Until I Take My Last Breath'

"I'm here to tell you right off the bat that I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, that I intend to stay on the job ... "
 
 
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In his first appearance since being accused of engaging in a " political corruption crime spree," Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich defiantly rejected the many calls for him to resign from office. Blagojevich insisted that he would "fight" the "political lynch mob":

I'm here to tell you right off the bat that I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, that I intend to stay on the job, and I will fight this thing every step of the way. I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong. ... And I'm not going to quit a job that people hired me to do because of false accusations and a political lynch mob.

Satyam Khanna is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.