Obama Vows to Serve Out His Six-Year Term

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Meet the Press
Tim Russert
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Senator Barack Obama promises to serve his full six-year term and says he will not run for president or vice president in 2008.



"Obama Vows to Serve Out His Six-Year Term." Tim Russert, correspondent. Meet the Press. NBCUniversal Media. 22 Jan. 2006. NBC Learn. Web. 23 January 2015.


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Obama Vows to Serve Out His Six-Year Term

TIM RUSSERT, moderator: 

There's been enormous speculation about your political future, Senator. The man you succeeded in the Senate, Peter Fitzgerald, a Republican, said this recently. "I think there's a very good chance that Senator Obama is on the Democratic ticket in 2008 as the vice presidential nominee." Do you agree?

SEN. OBAMA: No. You know, I can't speculate on those kinds of things. What I have said is that, you know, I'm not focused on running for higher office, I'm focused on doing the job that the people of Illinois sent me to do.

MR. RUSSERT: But there seems to be an evolution in your thinking. This is what you told the Chicago Tribune last month: "Have you ruled out running for another office before your term is up?" Obama answered, "It's not something I anticipate doing." But when we talked back in November of '04 after your election I said, "There's been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your full six-year term as United States senator from Illinois?" Obama, "Absolutely."

SEN. OBAMA: I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed.

MR. RUSSERT: So you will not run for president or vice-president in 2008?

SEN. OBAMA: I will not.

MR. RUSSERT: Senator, thank you very much for your candor and for joining us and sharing your views.

SEN. OBAMA: Had a great time, Tim. Thank you.