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updated 2/24/2009 4:02:54 PM ET 2009-02-24T21:02:54

Sen. Richard Durbin, the Senate Democratic whip who also represents Illinois, asked for Sen. Roland Burris to resign during a meeting Tuesday.  Burris said he would not.

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Burris was appointed to Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat year by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But he's under fire for changing his story repeatedly about circumstances surrounding his appointment.

Burris also told Durbin he has not made up his mind about running for re-election in 2010.

Durbin said he wanted to talk to Burris in person before commenting further. Senate Democrats are eager to keep the Burris matter from overshadowing Obama's address to Congress Tuesday night.

NBC's Ken Strickland contributed to this report.

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