below, from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee....
DSCC CHALLENGES CONGRESSMAN MARK KIRK TO NAME TWO POLICY DIFFERENCES WITH FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W.BUSH
Republican Leaders In Washington Struggling To Differentiate Themselves From Failed Bush Agenda They Helped Push
Mark Kirk: "Bush Has An Ally" In Me
DSCC Created Handy Webpage Where GOP Differences With Bush Will Be Displayed LINK
Just days after prominent Republican leaders in Washington struggled to differentiate themselves from the failed Bush agenda they helped put into place, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is challenging Republican Congressman Mark Kirk to name two policies on which he differs from George W. Bush. Republican candidates across the country, including Republican Congressman Kirk, are advocating for bringing back the failed Bush economic policies that helped put into place. These policies turned record surpluses into deficits and devastated our economy, creating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The DSCC has even gone so far as to create a webpage where Republican differences with Bush will be displayed.
"If prominent Republican leaders in Washington can't name a single policy difference between their agenda and failed Bush era policies, can establishment Republican Congressman Mark Kirk?" said DSCC National Press Secretary Deirdre Murphy. "Republican Congressman Kirk helped bring our economy to its knees by supporting out-of-control spending and placing the special interests above the middle class. Congressman Kirk should tell Illinois voters what, if anything, he would do differently if he was elected to the Senate."
This weekend, two prominent Republican leaders failed to name any policies on which they differed from George W. Bush. According to the Wall Street Journal, George W. Bush had the worst track record of any modern president when it came to job creation. The Washington Post wrote that the "economy made few gains in the Bush years" and that Bush's eight years in office were the "weakest in decades." Since the weekend, political observers have duly noted the Republican's embrace of Bush. Chris Cillizza wrote "Republican campaign chairs defend George W. Bush," while Mark Halperin said the Republican leaders "had nothing to say" when asked what they would do differently than Bush. In April, a CBS/New York Times poll showed only 27 percent of the public saw Bush in a favorable light while 58 percent viewed him unfavorably.
Congressman Kirk has consistently opposed measures designed to help Main Street Illinois. Kirk voted against pro-consumer financial regulatory reform, a commonsense jobs package which will provide thousands of good paying jobs for Illinois, opposed President Obama's stimulus package, which has already created and saved numerous jobs in Illinois, and continues to vote against extending unemployment benefits to out of work Illinoisans, while continuing to support the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of wage earners.
Kirk Said He Would Vote Against a Repeal of the Bush Tax Cuts. During his campaign for reelection in 2008, Kirk said repeatedly that he would vote against any repeal of the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent of wage earners. [Chicago Tribune, 10/30/08]
Kirk: Bush Has an Ally in Me, Tell Him the Cavalry Is Coming. After declaring victory on election night 2000, Kirk told a crowd of supporters, "Bush has an ally...Tell him the cavalry is coming." [Chicago Sun-Times, 11/8/00]
BELOW, KIRK REPLY.....
Mark Kirk: "Mr. Independent"
Here's Two Key Votes Independent from the Last Administration...
Stem Cell Research
(H.R. 3, 1/11/07, #20)
Increasing the Minimum Wage
(H.R. 2, 1/10/07, #18)
And Here's Two More for Good Measure...
Cutting Interest Rates on Student Loans
(H.R. 5, 1/17/07, #32)
New GI Education Benefits
(H.R. 2642, 5/15/08, #330)
Mark Kirk Was Rated Near the Center of the House Then...
8/1/2008: The Washington Post listed Congressman Kirk in the Top 10 Most Independent Members of Congress (8th out of 435 members of Congress).
3/8/2008: The non-partisan National Journal named Congressman Kirk one of "The Centrists" with a voting record near the exact center of the House.
1/14/2008: The non-partisan Congressional Quarterly listed Congressman Kirk in the Top 10 Most Independent Members of Congress (7th out of 435 members of Congress).
And He's Still Rated Near The Center of the House Today...
For 2009, the non-partisan Congressional Quarterly rated Mark Kirk's voting record at the exact center of the House. Only one Republican member of Congress sits on the 50% line for presidential support: Mark Kirk.
For 2009, the non-partisan National Journal rated Mark Kirk's voting record as the fifth-most-independent Republican centrist.
Here's What the Newspapers Say...
"He has been an extraordinarily effective representative of the independent-minded 10th Congressional District for a decade...He does-steady now, folks-think independently."
- Chicago Tribune Editorial, January 12 2010
"Also to be commended is an independent record..."
- Chicago Sun-Times Editorial, January 11, 2010
"He's an intelligent, hardworking independent who strives to model bipartisan ethics in a system that is choking on its partisanship."
- Daily Herald Editorial, January 10, 2010
"One of the most thoughtful, independent and effective members of the House."
- Chicago Tribune Editorial, October 21, 2008
"A congressman who is hard working, very knowledgeable, fiercely independent, dedicated to bipartisan action, and an effective contributor to resolving the nation's and his district's problems."
- Chicago Sun-Times Editorial, October 13, 2008
"Mark Kirk, Mr. Independent"
- Daily Herald Editorial, August 30, 2008