Senate Sends Mixed Messages on Burris

Durbin says no, Reid open to talking, and Burris a no-show
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2009 12:06 PM CST
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, about the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Roland Burris dominated the Sunday morning tongue-wagging, though the would-be senator himself was a no-show, reports the Hill. Elsewhere, mixed messages on whether to seat him:

  • Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said on This Week that the Senate has no plans to seat Roland Burris. Burris was scheduled to appear alongside his state's senior senator.
  • Meanwhile, top Senate Dem Harry Reid told Meet the Press that while the body has the power to block Burris, "there’s always room to negotiate."

  • Burris told a Chicago television station that he hasn't ruled out a legal fight for the seat.
  • On Fox News Sunday, George HW Bush focused on Florida's Senate seats, which he hopes son Jeb will occupy—en route to the White House. Bush admits that "right now is probably a bad time" for talk of another President Bush.