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below, from Mark Kirk campaign....


Kirk Launches New Radio Ad: "Youngest Americans"

Northbrook, Ill. - The Kirk for Senate campaign today launched a new radio ad highlighting the need to control spending and restore fiscal discipline to secure a brighter future for the youngest Americans.

In the 60-second spot, "Youngest Americans," Congressman Mark Kirk notes his independent, fiscally conservative record of fighting wasteful spending and voting to lower taxes. Kirk reminds voters that he is the candidate who will spend less, tax less, and borrow less to put Illinois back to work.

The radio spot can be heard here. A complete ad script and fact check appears below.

Radio Ad Script and Fact Check: "Youngest Americans"


My family experienced the American dream.

But today, that dream is threatened by out of control spending in Washington.

This is Mark Kirk, and I'm running for the U.S. Senate.

I was born in Champaign.

Mark Kirk Was Born In Champaign On September 15, 1959.


My dad worked for Illinois Bell, so we moved a lot when I was young.

Kirk's Father, Frank, Worked For Illinois Bell. "But Mr. Kirk didn't remain on the Sullivan farm, eventually working at Illinois Bell, Bell Laboratories, AT&T and Vitrocesit SpA." (Bob Susnjara, "Congressman Mark Kirk's Father Dies Of Pulmonary Fibrosis," Daily Herald, 2/7/08)


Living in Chatham, Downers Grove, Kenilworth and later Carlinville helped me understand different communities throughout Illinois.

Born in Champaign, Kirk moved to Chatham, Downers Grove and Kenilworth before attending Blackburn College in Carlinville.


I joined the Navy Reserve because I love our country--and would give my life to defend our freedom.

I'm a fiscal conservative, and a "deficit hawk" on spending.

In Endorsing Kirk's Candidacy in the Primary, 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 in the Primary, 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've been called "Mr. Independent..."

"Mark Kirk, Mr. Independent" - Daily Herald Editorial, August 30, 2008

"He does-steady now, folks-think independently." - Chicago Tribune Editorial, January 11, 2010

"Also to be commended is an independent record of bucking the GOP on some issues...Kirk is firmly in the moderate camp." - Chicago Sun-Times Editorial, January 11, 2010

"He has been an extraordinarily effective representative of the independent-minded 10th Congressional District for a decade." - Chicago Tribune Editorial, January 11, 2010

"An effective five-term congressman from the north suburbs, Kirk has pro-growth views on the economy, a personal commitment to the military and a moderate stance on social issues that could attract independent voters who favored Democrats in recent elections." - 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

because I vote to put Illinois first--

cutting taxes...

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)

and pork barrel earmarks...

"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." - Chicago Tribune Editorial, January 11, 2010

"Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) added an amendment that would ban the spending of federal money to design or build the bridge, or even to reimburse the state for the project." - Chicago Sun-Times, "After lots of heavy spending, maybe Congress sees the light," June 14, 2006

while helping families pay for college.

Congressman Kirk voted for H.R. 5715, the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act. (Roll Call 239; 5/1/08)

Congressman Kirk voted for H.R. 2669, the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. (Roll Call 864 9/7/07; Roll Call 613, 7/11/07)

Congressman Kirk voted for H.R. 5, the College Student Relief Act of 2007. (Roll Call 32, 1/17/07)

Congressman Kirk voted for the Post-9/11 GI benefit for America's newest veterans. (Roll Call 330, 5/15/08)


I'm running for Senate to stop spending money we don't have, restoring fiscal responsibility for our kids and the American Dream we can give them.

I'm the candidate who will spend less, tax less, and borrow less - to put Illinois back to work.

I'm Mark Kirk and I approved this message because our youngest Americans...deserve better.

Paid for by Kirk for Senate. KirkForSenate.com

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