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Another Giannoulias Gaffe

10:50 AM, May 13, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Yesterday, Alexi "Ali G" Giannoulias said "we didn't need" wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: 

Giannoulias is running for Barack Obama's old Senate seat and fashions himself as an ally of the president. So it might be of interest to him to learn that Obama disagrees: “We must never forget. This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity.

Today, Mark Kirk's campaign, Giannoulias's Republican opponent, responded:

[T]his morning, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Giannoulias spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said Giannoulias “meant to criticize Kirk for not supporting adequate funding for the war in Afghanistan.”  Strand’s remark fundamentally contradicts Giannoulias’ previous statement and levies a false accusation against Congressman Mark Kirk, a Navy Reserve officer who served in Afghanistan.

“Yesterday Alexi Giannoulias suggested our country wasted money on the war in Afghanistan and today his campaign spokesperson says Alexi really meant we should be spending more money on the war,” Kirk campaign spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski said.  “Voters should be extremely concerned that a candidate for the United States Senate has offered two completely contradictory views in less than 24 hours on the most important national security issue facing our country.  Alexi Giannoulias owes the people of Illinois an explanation for his competing points of view -- one that actually demonstrates a grasp of fundamental public policy.”

Congressman Kirk, a Commander in the Navy Reserve, served in Kandahar, Afghanistan from December 2008 to January 2009 and again from December 2009 to January 2010.  The congressman was a vocal supporter of President Obama’s Afghan surge.

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