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Kirk pitching Downstate Illinois, hits Giannoulias as "Chicago" candidate

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WASHINGTON-- GOP Senate nominee Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has lived in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park for years--went to New Trier high school in Winnetka--and launched his Senate bid from his one-time family home in Kenilworth.

But when it is time to pitch Downstate Illinois voters, in his newest ad, released on Tuesday, Kirk's North Shore suburban years aren't in the script. The facts, from Kirk's bio on his House website: Kirk was born in Champaign and grew up in Chatham, Downers Grove and Kenilworth.


Trying to drive a wedge between Downstate and Chicago voters is a well used--even standard--Illinois campaign tactic.

What Kirk selectively mentions about himself in his spot:

"Mark Kirk: born in Champaign, attended college in Carlinville with mainstream Illinois values.

"Mark Kirk was born in Champaign on September 15, 1959.

"Kirk attended Blackburn College in Carlinville for his Freshman Year from 1977-1978."

What Kirk says about Senate Democratic rival Alexi Giannoulias in his ad:

"Chicago politician Alexi Giannoulias pushes for more spending...bigger government...promises to raise taxes to pay for it."

The good news for Giannoulias in the spot: Giannoulias gets upgraded from Kirk's usual "mob banker" title to mere "Chicago politician."

click below for script:



Kirk Launches New Ad: "Two Candidates"

TV Spot Presents Clear Choice between Kirk and Giannoulias When It Comes to Taxes and Spending


Northbrook, Ill. - The Kirk for Senate campaign today launched a new TV ad presenting the clear choice between Mark Kirk, a fiscal conservative who voted to lower taxes and cut spending, and Alexi Giannoulias, a Chicago politician who supports higher taxes and increased spending.

While Kirk is a "deficit hawk" who voted to cut taxes 40 times in Congress, Giannoulias supports higher state and federal income taxes, said the stimulus should have been even bigger and supported other government expansions like a government-run public option health care system.

The 30-second spot entitled "Two Candidates" begins airing in downstate markets today and can be viewed online here. A complete script and fact check appears below.


Ad Script and Fact Check: "Two Candidates"


Two candidates.

Mark Kirk: born in Champaign, attended college in Carlinville with mainstream Illinois values.

Mark Kirk was born in Champaign on September 15, 1959.

Kirk attended Blackburn College in Carlinville for his Freshman Year from 1977-1978.

Kirk is a "deficit hawk" who's voted to cut taxes 40 times.

In Endorsing Kirk's Candidacy, The Peoria Journal Star Called Kirk A "Deficit Hawk." "He'll draw you a chart graphing how and when he believes the Democrat-sponsored bills will break the federal budget. He is a deficit hawk." (Editorial, "Republican Endorsement: U.S. Senate - Kirk," Peoria Journal Star, 1/22/10)

In Endorsing His Candidacy, The Chicago Tribune Noted Kirk's "All About Fiscal Responsibility." "Kirk is all about fiscal responsibility. He wants to reduce the national debt, balance the budget and stop the disgraceful practice of earmarking billions of taxpayer dollars for politicians' pet projects." (Editorial, "Kirk For Republicans," Chicago Tribune, 1/12/10)

KIRK VOTED AT LEAST 40 TIMES TO CUT TAXES. H.R. 3, 3/8/01; H.R. 6, 3/29/01; H.R. 8, 4/4/01; H.R. 10, 5/2/01; H.R. 586, 5/15/01; H.R. 1836, 5/16/01; H.R. 622, 5/17/01; H.R. 1836, 5/26/01; H.R. 7, 7/19/01; H.R. 2563, 8/2/01; H.R. 2884, 11/13/01; H.R. 3090, 10/24/01; H.R. 3529, 12/20/01; H.R. 622, 2/14/02; H.R. 3090, 3/7/02; H.R. 3762, 4/11/02; H.R. 586, 4/18/02; H.R. 4626, 5/21/02; H.R. 4800, 6/4/02; H.R. 4823, 6/4/02; H.R. 2143, 6/6/02; H.R. 4019, 6/13/02; H.R. 4931, 6/21/02; H.R. 5063, 7/9/02; H.R. 1307, 3/20/03; H.R. 2, 5/9/03; H.R. 2, 5/23/03; H.R. 8, 6/18,/03; H.R. 7, 11/17/03; H.R. 4227, 5/5/04; H.Res. 637, 5/12/04; H.R. 8, 4/13/05; H.R. 4297, 12/08/05; H.R. 5970, 7/29/06; H.R. 5638, 6/22/06; H.R. 4297, 5/10/06; H.R. 5140, 1/29/08; H.R. 5140, 2/7/08; H.R. 6081, 5/20/08; H.R. 6275, 6/25/08; H.R. 7005, 9/24/08(Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives)

Chicago politician Alexi Giannoulias pushes for more spending...bigger government...promises to raise taxes to pay for it.

Giannoulias: The Stimulus "Should Have Been Even Bigger." ("State Treasurer: Stimulus Won't Fix Budget," Bloomberg, 2/23/09)

Giannoulias Advocated For Big-Government "Public Option" In Health Care Bill. "There are several areas of difference that present opportunities to significantly improve the bill so that it increases coverage and lowers costs. First and foremost, the most effective way to bring down costs is through increased competition, and there is no better way to increase competition than with a public option as is included in the House bill. I hope that such a non-profit plan is part of the compromise legislation." ("On The Issues: Democrats For U.S. Senate," Chicago Tribune, 1/18/10)

Giannoulias Vows To Create "Progressive Caucus" If Elected To The Senate. "Illinois Democratic Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias Announced On Friday That If He Wins In November, He Will Immediately Spearhead The Creation Of A Formal Progressive Caucus In United States Senate." (Sam Stein, "Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois Senate Candidate, Pledges To Create Senate Progressive Caucus," The Huffington Post, 9/27/10)

Giannoulias: "Those Tax Cuts Were Unnecessary And Irresponsible, And I Would Allow Them To Expire." ("Giannoulias Tribune Endorsement Questionnaire," Chicago Tribune)

Giannoulias: "I Have Said From Day One, As Your State Treasurer, That, While Politically It's Not The Smartest Thing To Say, We Need An Income Tax Increase." (Alexi Giannoulias, 3/20/10)

"[Giannoulias] Does Answer The Tax Question Clearly, Arguing An Income Tax Increase Must Be Part Of The Solution With State Government Drowning In Red Ink." (Christopher Wills, "Some Illinois Officials Avoid Tax Debate," The Associated Press, 6/9/09)
Giannoulias: "I Don't See Any Other Way Than New Revenues." (Ryan Keith, "Giannoulias Not Always In Lockstep With Obama's Policies," The State Journal-Register, 12/14/09)
Our choice? Fiscal conservative Mark Kirk.

The Chicago Tribune Noted Kirk's "All About Fiscal Responsibility." "Kirk is all about fiscal responsibility. He wants to reduce the national debt, balance the budget and stop the disgraceful practice of earmarking billions of taxpayer dollars for politicians' pet projects." (Editorial, "Kirk For Republicans," Chicago Tribune, 1/12/10)

I'm Mark Kirk and I approved this message because I will spend less, tax less, and borrow less to put Illinois back to work.

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3 Comments

I will vote for mark Kirk this election. I voted for Obama and the Democrats this last election, and their spending, higher taxes and lack of backbone in foreign affairs disgusts me. This Alex G is a crook in my mind, and we don't need more people like him ruining the reputation of Illinois.

What can we believe about Mark Kirk's past?

Do we know why his family moved from Champaign to the North Shore?

Was he really voted "Freshman of the Year" at Blackburn College, and what does that mean? And then, if he was voted Freshman of the Year, why did he leave the school after his freshman year?

Mark Kirk -- Kenilworth hometown boy. When Mark Kirk kicked off his 10th district Congressional run he came to speak at my sons' Boy Scout's meeting. You see, Mark Kirk earned his Eagle Scout rank while a member of Kenilworth's troop 13. He is a graduate of Kenilworth's only grammar school -- Joseph Sears School. Each one of my sons had the pleasure of meeting with Congressman Kirk during their 8th grade Washington trips. Last fall, while our children had the priveldge of asking their Senators questions about the legislative process, all Congressman Kirk would discuss with the 75 Sears 8th graders was how he was running to be their hometown Senator. Mark Kirk is a product of one of Chicago's quintesential Northshore suburbs. For him to tell people downstate that he one of them is yet another of his florid fabrications.

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