Any president with the guts to stand in front of the American people and formally renounce all ties to the corruptive elements that are plaguing our nation would instantly become the greatest hero of modern democracy. I would think that this kind of legacy would be the dream of any politician. Considering that anyone running for president is well off financially and at or near the end of their political career anyway, why not go out with a bang?

— Opinions columnist Andrew Horton, The Daily Illini, in his column: Strict party loyalty hurts nation