July 20th, 2009
04:59 PM ET
13 years ago

Republican congressman announces bid for Obama's Senate seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/20/art.kirk0720.kirk.jpg caption="Rep. Mark Kirk announced Monday that he would seek the Republican nomination for Illinois' open U.S. Senate seat in 2010."](CNN) - Mark Kirk, the five-term congressman representing the northern Chicago suburbs, announced Monday he will seek the Republican nomination for Illinois' open U.S. Senate seat in 2010.

The seat was formally held by Barack Obama, and currently belongs to Sen. Roland Burris who has said he will not seek to defend it.

Kirk, a moderate Republican whose district leans Democrat, said in Monday's announcement speech that he is "not an ideologue or party partisan," according to the Chicago Tribune.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee quickly endorsed Kirk, calling him an "experienced leader."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was quick to tie Kirk to former President Bush's economic policies.

“Republicans are asking the people of Illinois to replace the President with the anti-President,” DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz said. “Congressman Kirk supported the Bush economic approach that got us into this mess and is now standing in the way of President Obama’s solutions at every turn.”

On the Democratic side, candidates reportedly eyeing the seat include Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson, and Chicago businessman Christopher Kennedy. Kennedy is the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-New York.
Lisa Madigan, the current state attorney general widely believed to be a top candidate for the Democratic nomination, said earlier this month she would not run.

(Updated with DSCC comment)

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Face reader

    His face has loser written all over it,just like Sanford.I predict President Obama to be the first President since Roosevelt to get three terms or more.By 2016 we will have a great majority and change the law to keep the best and brightest.

    July 20, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Econ 101

    Jobs are not created by tax cuts on wealthy Americans that own small businesses.

    Jobs are created when American business needs to produce more, when there is demand. This is simple Economics. No businessman is going to add idle capacity (wither people or plant equipment) just because they got a tax cut.

    The only demand that is created when the taxes of the wealthy are cut are jobs associated with building Ferarris, Rolexes and Dom Perignon.

    The way to create demand for the goods made in America ... that will employ American workers ... is to position them to be a better value than other goods around the world. When American cars are being sold in abroad, wealth is transfered here. When American airplanes are being sold in China, wealth is transferred here.

    Don't buy into the GOP's tax cuts creates jobs hype. It doesn't make economic sense.

    July 20, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |

    Is anyone else fed up and tired and sick of the republicans running around bashing everything the president does or says but meanwhile cannot come up with any solutions to our problems what a pathetic bunch the republicans are President Obama is trying to get our healthcare right and all republicans can do is put fear in people about it SO SICK OF THEM!

    July 20, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. RJD

    Was this seat "formally" held by Obama and "informally" held by Burris, or just "formerly" held by Obama.

    July 20, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Tom St. Paul

    So this guy says he is "not an ideologue or party partisan:? I guess the neo-cons would call him a RINO then. And who will vote for him? There are no moderate, thinking Republicans anymore, the neo-cons have seen to that.

    July 20, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Matt


    We need to get rid of as many democrats in Congress as possible if we are going to save this great country!

    July 20, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. lol

    Fair is Fair July 20th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

    Another Kennedy running on name recognition alone.

    JFK and RFK were great, great men. It boggles the imagination that Ted Kennedy could have been produced from the same loins.

    Either he's the gardener's son or genetics isn't the exact science I believed it to be.

    I thought you were a doctor for 20 years? Guess not?

    July 20, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Chris Kennedy will win this race looking away.He has the genes of a true and honest leader.The republicans just dont get it,their "golden age of greed" and the "me,myself and I doctrine", are over.

    July 20, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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