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 Rod Blagojevich - “And just as important, it proves that government is supposed to exist for the good of the people, not the other way around, and certainly not for the personal enrichment of those who hold public office.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “the idea of not running hasn't crossed my mind.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “One of the greatest challenges in collecting child support is that deadbeat dads move from job to job and state to state. it's hard to keep track of them.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “The federal government has failed to act, ... So it's time that we do.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “We are now in a position. Our fiscal house is in order, and we are poised to seize this moment, right this time, to give every single child in the state of Illinois access to complete and affordable health insurance,”
 Rod Blagojevich - “I know each fund has its supporters, and that some will not want to see the surplus go to schools. But, in tough times, you have to set priorities. And our priority is education.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “This was a big step, ... Tomorrow, we hopefully can close the deal.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “We need to restore the public's faith in our state pension systems and send a message that those responsible with investing public dollars have to be held to the highest ethical standards, ... When they fail to do that, as we've seen in recent weeks, they undermine the system and breach the public trust.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “I don't know who A, B, C or Z is, ... All I can tell you is what was written in that document does not describe how we do things. We don't operate that way. No one who is associated with me operates that way, and if they did, they understand I wouldn't tolerate that for a split second.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “We have to be sure students understand that racial, national, ethnic, and religious hatred can lead to horrible tragedies,”
 Rod Blagojevich - “After years of problems and unacceptable results in the state's child support collection efforts, we have taken major steps during the past two-and-a-half years to turn the system around, and our efforts are paying off.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “The truth is, we do things honestly, ethically and legally and we're doing it completely different from what some of our predecessors did, ... Some of this could very well be the result of spillover, as well as the sort of growing pains of change that have been going on with how we do things in a different way to keep the trust of the people.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “I've got news for the president, ... This is America and these people are not refugees.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “I think a blanket anything is usually wrong. We're talking about convicted murderers, and I think that is a mistake.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “This is going to waste precious defense dollars while providing very limited military rewards. While we were successful in keeping the bulk of the arsenal intact, we will continue our fight to keep this mission and others located at this historic military installation where they belong.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “We're just not going to sit back and continue to allow the big, powerful pharmaceutical industry to price gouge the senior citizens and working people of our state. People should be able to afford the medicine they need and they should be able to get the best price they can for it.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “Let's put aside the politics and trust the people. Let's embrace the unique opportunity we all have take the heat and make the hard and difficult decisions, knowing that we're doing it to make things better for the people of Illinois.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “I'm going to make this announcement because our budget director is on vacation he's out of town, ... I was thinking, too, when I was on this stage, why not make a change I'm not even going to call the budget director or call the staffers and see whether or not we can afford it. We're not going to just double the funding, I'm going to increase it tenfold.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “To have that reunifying moment in a place like that I think is symbolic of the need to change some of the policy so there's more sensitivity,”
 Rod Blagojevich - “Part of protecting our homeland means being less dependent on foreign countries for our energy.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “Whether it's Gov. Edgar or somebody else, it's never mattered to me, ... If I make a decision to run for governor, I'm going to run for the office of governor.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “I support the governor's decision on the moratorium. I think he is right to review all of the cases on a case-by-case basis. I think that is a moral obligation. He's been right to do that. But I disagree with his decision to provide blanket clemency. I think a blanket anything is usually wrong. There is no one-size fits all approach to this. We're talking about convicted murderers. And I just think that -- that is a mistake.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “Each proposed B-2 stealth bomber costs three times more than it would if every part of the plane were made from solid gold. The cost is 2.3 billion each.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “Our children's health and well-being are dependent on our commitment to promoting food access and good eating habits at home, at school and in the community.”
 Rod Blagojevich - “If you don't take enough math classes or science classes or writing intensive classes, you're not going to be prepared to compete in college or the workplace -- no matter what your diploma says,”

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