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Jesse Jackson Jr. Wants Obama's Seat

Sunday, 03 Aug 2008 09:03 PM

With Sen. Barack Obama setting his sights on the White House, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is keeping an eye on Obama's Senate seat.

If Obama wins in November, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will have the responsibility to fill Obama's vacant seat.

“I wouldn’t say no if asked,” Jackson, an Illinois Democrat, told Congressional Quarterly.

Jackson is a national co-chairman for Obama’s campaign, but he has competition to succeed Obama in the Senate. Tammy Duckworth, a disabled Iraq war veteran who lost a House bid in 2006 is often mentioned as a possibility, as are Illinois Reps. Rahm Emanuel, Jan Schakowsky, and Luis V. Gutierrez. Blagojevich could even appoint himself.

Jackson's father and Obama became entangled in a controversy earlier this summer when the elder Jackson made -- and then apologized for -- "regretfully crude" comments about Obama. His comments were recorded during a break for the news show "Fox & Friends."

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