Ill. Gov. Blagojevich Pledges to Fight, Won't Quit

Rod Blagojevich

CHICAGO (AP) _ Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing and plans to stay on the job.

In his first official statement since his arrest on corruption charges last week, Blagojevich says he will fight until he takes his "last breath.''

Prosecutors have accused Blagojevich of trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.

The Democratic governor says he intends to "answer every allegation in a court of law.''

He says he'll be vindicated because he has "personal knowledge that I have not done anything wrong.''

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