Monday, January 23, 2006MSNBC:
CHICAGO - U.S. Sen. Barack Obama tried to end speculation that he could run for president in 2008 on a national talk show Sunday. Obama, who is from Chicago's South Side, appeared on NBC's "Meet The Press," and stated that he "will not" run for president in the next national election.
"I will serve out my full six-year term," Obama said. "When you get asked enough, you get weary, and you start looking for new ways to start saying things. But my thinking has not changed."
Obama also said Sunday that while the problem of money and politics is bipartisan, the corruption surrounding convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff is a Republican scandal.
The Illinois Democrat called the Abramoff issue and the K Street Project, an initiative backed by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, that pressured lobbying firms to hire Republicans and fund GOP causes, a "Republican sin."
"The specific problem of inviting lobbyists in who have bundled huge sums of money to write legislation ... those are very particular problems of this administration and this Congress," he said.