Burris Planning To Appear In Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Roland Burris seems determined to be seated in
the Senate today, even though Democratic leaders say he won't be.

Burris appeared on CBS this morning, telling "The Early Show" he's presenting himself as Barack Obama's legally appointed successor, and that it's his "hope and prayer" he'll be recognized when a new Congress convenes.

Democratic leaders say Burris' appointment is tainted because he was chosen by a governor accused in a criminal complaint of trying to sell the seat.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also says the appointment hasn't been certified by the Illinois secretary of state.

But Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, tells CBS he has "no knowledge of where a secretary of state has veto power over a governor carrying out his constitutional duties."

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