NEW YORK (AP) - The women of "The View" yukked it up with Illinois Gov. RodBlagojevich, mussed his often-mocked helmet of hair and asked himto do his impersonation of President Richard Nixon.
"Come on just say, 'I am not a crook.' Do it," co-host Joy Beharsaid, egging him on to a clapping audience.
"I'm not going to do that," Blagojevich said. "But let me makethis perfectly clear, let me make this perfectly clear: I didn't doanything wrong."
The exchange unfolded as the impeached Democrat took anoften-surreal tour of the television talk-show circuit Monday, justdays before senators in his home state could oust him.
In one of the most surprising interviews of the day, Blagojevichsaid he briefly considered naming Oprah Winfrey to the Senate.
Winfrey said she would have turned him down.
"I'm pretty amused by the whole thing," Winfrey told "The GayleKing Show" on Sirius XM Radio. "I think I could be senator, too.I'm just not interested."
Back home, the Illinois Senate convened an impeachment trialthat will decide whether to remove the two-term governor, who optednot to defend himself and instead to make his case on TV.
He had a taped appearance on NBC's "Today Show," did a liveinterview on ABC's "Good Morning America" and then stopped by for achat at "The View," where Behar tousled his hair and he got grilledby Barbara Walters.
Blagojevich also talked to Fox News Channel, taped an appearanceon ABC's "Nightline" and appeared in person Monday night on "LarryKing Live." To get his interview, Fox's Geraldo Rivera tracked downBlagojevich in the parking lot of "The View" because Rivera saidhis previously arranged interview was canceled.
The 52-year-old governor was scheduled to appear Tuesday on CBS'"The Early Show."
The media blitz added to the circus-like atmosphere that hassurrounded Blagojevich since his arrest last month on federalcorruption charges alleging that he tried to sell President Obama'sSenate seat to the highest bidder.
In New York, Blagojevich basked in the adulation he craves,signing autographs and posing with onlookers as he left a TV studionear Times Square.
During interviews, Blagojevich largely stuck to his script,repeatedly saying he had done nothing wrong and blasting theimpeachment trial as unfair.
On "Nightline," though, Blagojevich acknowledged the demise ofhis political career.
"Well I think it's not very promising right now," he respondedwhen Cynthia McFadden asked if he agreed his career is over,according to a transcript of the interview.
He contends Senate rules do not let him defend himself or callthe witnesses he wants because of restrictions requested by federalprosecutors. But lawmakers say he can introduce public statementsfrom those restricted witnesses, and they blame the governor forignoring all deadlines to propose defense witnesses andevidence.
"I think the American people need to know the things that arehappening in the land of Lincoln," Blagojevich said between TVappearances.
On "The View," Blagojevich ducked questions from Walters, whoasked him to explain prosecutors' allegations about wiretappedconversations.
But the interview with the grande dame of "The View" was awkwardbecause Walters was in Los Angeles and Blagojevich had to sit infront of a video screen to talk to her.
"Here's your chance. No lawyers. You're talking to the public.Please answer that part of it, otherwise, you know, why are youwasting time on these programs? Did you say those things?" Walterspressed.
Blagojevich wouldn't take the bait.
"Whatever the tapes are, they're going to come out, and they'llspeak for themselves. The tapes will show the whole story,"Blagojevich said.
After more than 11 minutes with Walters, Blagojevich found thesympathetic ear he was looking for from "View" co-host WhoopiGoldberg.
Goldberg seemed incredulous at his insistence that the IllinoisSenate could present evidence at the impeachment trial that thegovernor could not refute. Blagojevich even put his arm aroundGoldberg and tapped her knee at one point as he explained hisposition.
"Where the hell's the Supreme Court? That's what I want to knowabout," Goldberg said.
DePaul University marketing professor Bruce Newman saidBlagojevich is taking his last, best shot at getting some attentionbefore he is thrown out of office.
"I think he has to define himself, and he knows the only time hecan do that is now when the topic is hot. For him, now is the timeto set the tone for the public opinion," Newman said.
Bellandi reported from Chicago. Associated Press videojournalist Ted Shaffrey in New York contributed to this report.
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