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Mark Kirk's triumphant U.S. Capitol step climb

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Using a cane for balance as well as the helpful arm of the U.S. Vice President, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk walked up the U.S. Capitol steps on Thursday, one year after suffering a stroke.
He carefully climbed, stopping several times to turn and thank colleagues.
"It's the culmination of a dream that I've had since I was in the hospital," Kirk said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the Illinois delegation - Democrats and Republicans - as well as high-ranking U.S. Senate leaders lined the Capitol steps watching his colleague take one step at a time up the 45 steps.
Joe Biden's motorcade arrived minutes before the climb. Biden walked over to Kirk and hugged him.
"I'm happy as can be to be here, man," Biden told Kirk.
Kirk had to learn how to walk again after suffering a debilitating stroke in January of 2012.

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