01/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Axelrod On Blagojevich Scandal: 'We Were Not Involved'

David Axelrod said at tonight's Harvard Institute of Politics conference that Obama's team wasn't involved in talks with Rod Blagojevich about Obama's seat, slightly expanding on Obama's own comments today.

"It's a painful thing for me coming from Illinois. It's a really appalling story, and there's not a whole lot to clean up," he said in response to a question from moderator Gwen Ifill about whether he wanted to clean up elements of the story. "What's been said speaks to it. There's a vacancy the governor apparently -- if you believe the complaint from the government -- had some ideas about what to do with it.

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