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Blagojevich on 13 Percent Approval Rating: ‘That's a baker's dozen’

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Blagojevich on 13 Percent Approval Rating: ‘That's a baker's dozen’

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is defending himself after a recent poll showed him with a approval rating of just 13 percent.

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Just how low is 13 percent? Around the time former Illinois Governor George Ryan left office drowning in a sea of corruption and scandal—his approval rating was 23 percent. President Bush’s is 27 percent.

Today, Blagojevich made his first appearance since his 13 percent approval figure came out.

BLAGOJEVICH: That’s a baker’s dozen, right? I consider that a lucky number.

Blagojevich repeatedly blamed his low popularity on things out of his control—from the national economy to the federal bailout. Only a couple times did he acknowledge how bleak the approval figure is.

BLAGOJEVICH: I love the people of Illinois more today than I did before, and if it’s a case of unrequited love at this point, I’ll just have to work extra hard and get them to love me again.

Blagojevich has overseen a period of dysfunction and gridlock in state government—and is at the center of a vast federal corruption investigation.

I’m Ben Calhoun, Chicago Public Radio.

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