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John McCain to endorse, fund-raise for Mark Kirk Illinois Senate bid


Below, release from Kirk....

McCain to Endorse Kirk at Veterans Gathering in Glenview

McCain: "The people of Illinois deserve a Senator who will restore honest government, strengthen our national security, fight for veterans and bring fiscal discipline to Washington. Mark Kirk has my strongest endorsement."

Who: Congressman Mark Kirk
Senator John McCain

When: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30

Where: Glenview Park Center, Lakeview A Room
2400 Chestnut Ave.
Glenview, IL

What: Senator John McCain will endorse Congressman Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate at a veterans gathering in Glenview on Sunday afternoon. Kirk, an early supporter of McCain's presidential bid during the 2008 primary election, will stress his commitment to fiscal discipline, national security, and veterans care.

Kirk and McCain, both Navy veterans, developed a close relationship in 2000 when the Senator twice came to Chicago to stump for then-candidate Kirk in one of the nation's most competitive open seat congressional elections. In 2001, Kirk backed McCain's campaign finance reform legislation, and Kirk remains the only member of the House Appropriations Committee to swear off earmark spending projects - an issue long championed by McCain. The two have also travelled together to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Following the veterans meeting, McCain will headline a North Shore fundraiser expected to raise nearly half a million dollars for Kirk's Senate bid.



Hmmm. I thought Kirk was curiously silent about supporting McCain during the last presidential campaign. Kirk was intent on not going directly against Obama when he was trying to get re-elected, hoping he would sneak in under the radar and hide his non-moderate, full-scale support of George Bush's agenda. I assume he had McCain's blessing to be silent about Obama so he could save his own House seat in the 10th District. I don't recall McCain showing up in the 10th District during the campaign to support Kirk (and for sure Sarah Palin wasn't invited).

McCain showed up in the 10th District. In Bannockburn to be exact. You stand corrected.

Kirk is one of only eight Republicans that voted for the Cap and Trade bill in the House. That should make you libs happy in case he wins. He is a moderate. Quit looking at the label. All the candidates from both parties are beholden to their national masters for the money and support to win.

We'll be disappointed if he wins, but we will also have gained another Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins who will vote with us to actually get something important done.

While Kirk will get big Republican and corporate money just because he might win Obama's seat, he can't be trusted to vote conservative. And they can't touch him for six more years.

No wonder there are so many primary opponents.

Mark Kirk is a "Republican In Name Only" - a RINO.

Kirk voted "yes" for Obama's Cap & Trade scheme which is described as the most massive tax increase in national history.

Kirk supports abortion including late term "partial birth" abortion.

Kirk votes "yes" on gun control issues and would have guns confiscated from Americans.

In 2008 National Taxpayers Union gave Representative Kirk a rating of C-.

Kirk supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008.

In 2008 National Rifle Association gave Representative Kirk a grade of F.

Mark Kirk is not a conservative nor a Republican. Mark Kirk is a left liberal running under a Republican brand name.

Kirk must not take office; he is harmful to our nation.

Okpulot Taha
Choctaw Nation
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