MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Roland Burris said today that he's enjoying being Barack Obama's appointed successor in the U.S. Senate and will decide in due time whether to seek a full term.
Burris is on the first day of a three-day tour of southern Illinois. Today he was in the city of Mascoutah, just east of St. Louis.
Burris sidestepped questions about when he may make up his mind about seeking election next year or whether he was leaning a certain way, saying only his decision would come reasonably before the state's primary, for now 10 months away.
He says he has raised "not a dime" in campaign funds.
Burris' tour comes even as an investigation into whether he committed perjury before a state House committee continues, and Burris has vowed to stay in his Senate seat despite the scrutiny.
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