Vulnerable GOP Sen. Highlights His Opposition To Trump In New TV Ad (VIDEO)

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 12: Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., talks with reporters after the Senate Policy luncheons in the Capitol, January 12, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
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One of the most vulnerable Republican senators is now using his opposition to his party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump to encourage voters to support his re-election bid.

In a new TV ad out Thursday, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) touted his opinion that Trump was “not fit to be commander in chief” as proof of his “courageous and independent” record in office.

While Kirk previously said he would “absolutely” support his party’s nominee, Trump’s attacks on the “Mexican” heritage of a federal judge prompted the Illinois senator to release a statement saying he “cannot and will not support” the billionaire businessman.

The ad also highlighted Kirk’s position as the first Republican to call for a vote on President Barack Obama’s pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy and touts his record as a “leader on protecting a woman’s right to choose.”

The senator spent $230,000 on broadcast time for the weeklong ad buy and another $35,520 for cable TV time in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.

His Democratic opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), has repeatedly linked Kirk to his party’s mercurial nominee.

Watch the ad below:

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  1. SEn.KIrk IS A courageous THINKer wHO WILL NoT vOTE FOR TRump BUT will Instead vOTE FOR His Party’s NOMINEE. WHY Is this SO Confusing TO LIBtards? THIS ISn’T ROCket SURGERY.

  2. Avatar for marby marby says:

    Mark Kirk is no “moderate hero” and I hope voters are smart enough to see that. He endorsed Trump not that long ago - now that he fears he may lose his seat, he will try to side with more liberal Illinois voters as a means of self preservation.

  3. Indeed. Just because Kirk has made his cake doesn’t mean he has to lie in it.

  4. I much prefer to lie in pie myself. Especially rhubarb-strawberry.

  5. Avatar for wwss wwss says:

    So if the Republican Convention suddenly spays El Quacko, will he flip back once again? Gotta love the deeply held and courageous beliefs!

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