In his first TV of his reelection campaign, Senator Mark Kirk is highlighting his long-fight after having a stroke a couple years ago:
"I remember being in the ambulance, and holding the hand of the paramedic and knowing something was very wrong," says the senator who suffered the stroke in January 2012.
"I thought that was the last human being I would ever touch. I had to learn how to walk again. I forced myself to climb up steps everyday, even up our tallest building. I was determined to return to the Senate, to do the jobyou elected me to.
"Second to my service in the Navy, being your Senator is the greatest honor of my life. As I learned to walk and climb again, I thought of our Illinois families struggling to get by. I thought of our veterans and our heroic men and women who are serving in harm's way. They're the reason why I fought so hard to get back. They're why I never doubted that I would climb the Capitol steps again. I climbed the steps for everyone facing their own challenges."
According to one U.S. senator, the Obama administration is pushing a "fairly anti-Israeli" line as they advocate for a deal with Iran.
After hearing Secretary of State John Kerry make the case for a nuclear deal with Iran, Kirk said, "that it was fairly anti-Israeli that I was supposed to disbelieve everything that the Israelis had just told me. And I don’t. I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service."
Since suffering a near-fatal stroke last January, two tasks have obsessed Senator Mark Kirk from his encampment at a Chicago rehabilitation center: relearning how to walk, and expanding the economic war the Illinois Republican has been leading against the Islamic Republic of Iran for the past decade.
On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit the CIA’s headquarters in Virginia to thank intelligence professionals for helping to kill Osama bin Laden. According to practically all news reports detailing the operation earlier this month in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the CIA was integral in providing the actionable intelligence necessary to killing America’s most wanted terrorist. So it makes sense the president might want to pay his regards.
Conservative foreign policy wonks are worried that the Democratic majority in the Senate might try to squeeze through the new START agreement before the influx of new Republican senators come to work in January. But Don Stewart, spokesman for Republican leader Senator Mitch McConnell, thinks that the Democrats probably will not be able to get new START through during the lame duck session, and almost certainly not before Senator-elect Mark Kirk is sworn, which will happen probably around Thanksgiving.
Media outlets are now predicting that Congressman Mark Kirk will be the next senator from Illinois. As it stands, the New York Times reports that Kirk has 48.4 percent of the vote, while Democrat Alexi Giannoulias has 46 percent, with 97 percent of precincts reporting. This might be the greatest gain for Republicans tonight: The last person to win this Senate seat was Barack Obama.
With recent polling consistently showing the GOP nominee, Mark Kirk, leading mob banker Alexi Giannoulias in the Illinois Senate race, the Democrats are pulling out all the stops to try and steal any Republican advantage.
In September, Big Government first reported that Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias may have dodged the Greek military service requirement when he lived and worked in Greece in the late 1990s:
On Tuesday, THE WEEKLY STANDARD first reported that an activist in Illinois tied to Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias was working to recruit veterans to film a television ad attacking Senate candidate and 21-year Navy Reserve veteran Mark Kirk.
Just in case you didn’t think the Illinois Senate race could sink any lower, THE WEEKLY STANDARDhas learned that Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is planning to launch a final ad campaign featuring a “veteran” to attack Mark Kirk’s service record.