March 15th, 2010
11:40 AM ET
5 years ago

First Senate ads to hit Illinois

Rep. Mark Kirk is out Monday with his first TV ad.
Rep. Mark Kirk is out Monday with his first TV ad.

Washington (CNN) - A Republican candidate vying to capture President Obama's old Senate seat released his first political ad of the season Monday.

The 30-second spot highlights Rep. Mark Kirk's record on tax cuts and what his campaign calls, "a thoughtful, independent and effective record of standing up to special interests and party leaders."

Set to run statewide, the ad entitled "Independent" also focuses on Kirk's military service as a naval intelligence officer.

The ad paints Kirk as a centrist, as the candidate seeks to shore up support with independent voters ahead of the general election.

But the ad's narrator also says Kirk will work to "end the corruption in Illinois" as images of current Senator Roland Burris and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich flash on screen.

Kirk's Democratic opponent, Illinois state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, is not mentioned in the ad. Giannoulias has been the target of frequent attacks in recent weeks as critics attempt to connect him to the struggling Broadway Bank, a firm run by his brothers.

Both Giannoulias and Kirk have launched Web sites that address the issue.

Update 1:45 p.m. ET: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Monday released its own Web video targeting Rep. Kirk. The video will not appear on television, but highlights Kirk's votes on financial regulation reform, and urges viewers to tell, "Mark Kirk to stand up to the big banks."

In a statement, Giannoulias spokeswoman Kathleen Strand refuted claims made in the Kirk ad.

"Congressman Mark Kirk's claim that he is a budget hawk just doesn't fly with his record of supporting all of Bush's reckless budgets that led to the doubling of the national debt and the greatest recession since the Great Depression."


Filed under: 2010 • Illinois • Mark Kirk
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Another born again Libertarian, LOL, nothing but campaign lies. I'm a centrist, I'm for smaller government, less taxes, end of war, and what ever else I can say until I get elected, and become the Neo Con I truly am.
    Don't be fooled by republican lies.
    Vote Libertarian and vote for your liberty.

    March 15, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    One man can't end corruption on his own. This guy is doing what many have promised - to do everything on his own where real people would know that is impossible.

    March 15, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Gate

    I really enjoyed when Kirk came back from his last tour in Afghanistan and then blabbed about all of the intelligence info that he learned. Such as "All of the major leaders of the Taliban in the south are former Gitmo releasees. All of them." This is such as obvious lie for political gain. Just what we need in the Senate, more liars. I don't know which is worse, that he can't be trusted with his security clearance or that he is an obvious liar.

    March 15, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Doug,lib jersey

    This is funny, , "a thoughtful, independent and effective record of standing up to special interests and party leaders."

    Yeah, the ultra wacko libs who votes for the likes of Obama, Daily, and Blago would go for this. You just stated the opposite of what nasty, hate-filled, selfish libs look for in a candidate. Thoughtful is a word that describes the exact oppostite of how almost every Democrat conducts their life.

    March 15, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. MDB

    I can understand the love between the two of you and a beautiful daughter resulting from the love. What I don't understand is why you would pose for this picture in this provocitive way and admit to a sexual encounter within hours of meeting each other. One day in the future your daughter will understand about her conception and I think the way you are handling the publicity is going to hurt her. Keep your private life private for all concerned – including John's wife.

    March 15, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Jefe

    We need to rein in costs, then cut taxes as we pay down the debt. It makes no sense to cut taxes the way W did, and deflate the value of the dollar 40% in doing so. We could slash healthcare costs and military costs by 50% and still spend FAR MORE per capita than every other nation combined. In the process, we could pay off the federal debt in a few decades.

    Unfortunately, those in power want to ensure we remain enslaved to foreign debt and working every day to finance the ridiculously extravagant lifestyles of the health insurance and pharmeceutical corporations.

    March 15, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Steve- Illinois

    Attempts to connect him to the bank? The bank his family owns and he worked for? The bank that he approved loans to purported mobsters? The bank his family pulled their money out of, and now it's on the verge of collapse? That bank?
    Just another chicago politician!
    Vote anybody but Giannoulias!

    March 15, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Rush is to far left

    I begin to fear for America. There was an editorial in the Moscow paper called "Pravda." In it the Russians are saying that Obama is Marxist in his policies and are amazed that America has not learned from Russia's 70 years of mistakes.

    All you Obama sheeple need to start waking up. Check the history of Russia and see where we are heading. This is from the people that LIVED it for 70 years!

    March 15, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. ronalde

    People don't be fooled if you elect this guy he will fall in step with the rest of the repugs and will stand for nothing,why is it that all repugs run on smaller goverment and yet it grows larger under repugs rule,please explain this to me,ron the actor said goverment was the problem yet it grew larger under his watch,if was the problem why did it grow larger?

    March 15, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. keith A. sillsbury

    Thats not a good way to start out, liying straight out of the gate. he's a republican, but to get votes he claims to be independant. That says it all about the republicans. Even they want to be somebody esle than themselves.

    March 15, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Angie in PA

    So now all Republicans are running as Independents? pluuuze dont make me laugh Republicans are a Joke they SCARE YOU INTO VOTING FOR THEM! And once you do they sit back do nothing and take care of their corporate masters and Wall St with your tax dollars. Please citizens of this country wake up Republicans do not give a rats - about you!!

    March 15, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. A Member of The Party of NO?

    Mr. Kirk –

    IF I hear you highlight elements of the Healthcare Insurance Reform Bill that you endorse. THEN I'll believe you are INDEPENDENT.

    Until then, you are just another sleazy politician seeking to manipulate the public for votes.

    Demonstrate to me that you will not be another brick in the PARTY-of-NO plan for GRIDLOCK and I might consider voting for you.

    Don't argue with me about the Republican's being obstructionists. If you do, then you JUST DON'T GET IT.

    March 15, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. blden

    I'm really sick of repubnuts lies. They want to cut taxes for themselves and their rich friends, and want someone else to pay for their mansions and for their high living lifestyle.

    Where were they when the repub congress was letting whats-his-name waste billions (trillions?) and not even show the waste in the budget? (If we don't talk about it, maybe no one will notice?)

    Shutup creep.

    March 15, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Gary

    We need to more republicans in congress to balance out the democrats before they do more damage. One party in all power = more corruption, more mistakes, more extreme laws.

    March 15, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. mike

    another republican who says he is out for the little guy that is the
    funnies thing I have ever heard joe the plumber is still waiting to
    hear from the grand old party do you think he ever will. He was
    out there campaigning for Sarah I want to be a movie star Palin
    and switch hitter johnny boy McCain you never know what side
    of the fence he is on

    March 15, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Mickey

    More fraudulent Republicans with nothing to offer...no ideas...no solutions...

    GOP: Domestic Terrorists

    March 15, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. stormerF

    At a million a day,this one's for you.

    March 15, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. mario ca.

    Rethugs no thanks

    March 15, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Kirk is just another republican joke. IL will NEVER go republican in the Senate. THANKFULLY!

    March 15, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Free america

    He's not much of a republican ,but he will do. In our state with people like Dick Durbin who is about to help pass heealth care. The Health Care that's about to raise everyone's rates on premiums. the health care bill which has no regulation on how much a insurance company can charge. Mark Save us from the lieing Dems.

    March 15, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Ivan

    Mr. Kirk have you forgotten about all those Republican spending bills that you vote yea on?
    You talk the talk to get elected, but once you get elected you don't walk the walk.

    March 15, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. get real

    Kirk is the one who had security concerns with moving the Gitmo detainees to the empty prision in North Western Illinois. He didn't, however, say if he had any plans for improving this area's high unemployment or any plans for what to do with the empty super-max prision. The status quo seems fine for Kirk. An empty prison and high unemployment.

    March 15, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Joseph B

    Mark Kirk makes great claims. He always has. He does not however back them up with his actions. The Democratic candidate for Illinois is pretty weak as well – he is politically connected with name recognition but his family owns a bank that they have taken a lot of money out of and now the bank is financial straits. Good luck Illinois!

    March 15, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Kyle, Virginia

    Don't vote Republican.

    March 15, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. sifto77

    Since the Obama blog was closed early–i will respond here–those people grinning behind him should be ashamed to be a part of this blatant 2012 campaign farce–this is not about healthcare, it is about Obama and having "young" props to promote him...same thing as the white coats before–who is to say those white coats are doctors?

    March 15, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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