"What do Europeans fear," Kirk asked the room. "Spending is not the way to go."
In several media appearances and press releases, Kirk has made a point of mentioning Greece as a poor fiscal example. While sound criticism, the Kirk camp surely enjoys the convenient fact that Kirk's competitor, Alexi Giannoulias, is of Greek descent.
Speaking with the aid of a slideshow, Kirk said "It appears fiscal conservatives have gained ground."
And: "[Illinois] has joined the ranks of the biggest spenders ... 35 percent increase in four years." Illinois is 50th out of 50 states in financial management, he reminded the audience.