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Kirk Campaign Launches ‘Tammy or Trump’ Quiz

Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign launched a website Thursday that offers a “Tammy or Trump” quiz. The site features a series of ten questions that relate to the records of Kirk’s opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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    Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign launched a website Thursday that offers a “Tammy or Trump” quiz. The site features a series of ten questions that relate to the records of Kirk’s opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    “Who was caught cheating on their property taxes,” the site asks.

    The answer to that question, and nine of the site’s ten questions, is Duckworth. The page claims the congresswoman “cheated the tax code by claiming two homeowner tax exemptions,”citing a 2012 Daily Herald Report. The site also says Duckworth had to pay “thousands in fines and back taxes.”

    The only question that relates to Trump asks, “who actually fired Rod Blagojevich?” The billionaire fired the imprisoned former governor in 2010 as part of his NBC show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

    The Duckworth campaign released a similar site in June that offers users the opportunity to guess whether Kirk or Trump is responsible for a series of sixteen quotes.

    “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but like most sequels, this one is not as good as the original,” Duckworth spokesman Matt McGrath said in a statement.

    Meanwhile, the Duckworth campaign released a campaign video Thursday that mocks Kirk for repeatedly changing his presidential pick.

    In March, Kirk told NBC 5 that he would back Trump if he became the GOP presidential nominee. He pulled his endorsement in June after Trump made a series of inflammatory statements about the heritage of a Hispanic judge presiding over civil fraud lawsuits against his beleaguered Trump University.

    Later that month, the senator said he was going to write-in former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus, who pleaded guilty in federal court last year to a charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified information.

    After facing criticism, Kirk changed course in July and started backing former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a fellow four-star Army general who would also be a write-in candidate.

    Last week, Kirk said he couldn’t back Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because she supported the Iran nuclear agreement. But last year, Powell told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he also backed the deal.

    In an interview published Tuesday, Kirk told the State Journal-Register editorial board that he’s once again planning to write-in Petraeus for president.

    Duckworth's video uses pop culture references and news clips to highlight the senator’s series of picks before asking “who will Kirk choose next?” The spot then flashes photos of Captain Crunch, Chuck Norris and Sascha Baron Cohen with superimposed question marks.

    Kirk spokesman Kevin Artl called the video “pathetically cheap and embarrassingly weak."