"Sometimes we might forget that once the people have spoken, we come together as a country and we work with other members of Congress --- and the president -- to bring higher jobs and income to the state," Senator-elect Kirk said during a stop at Ogilvy Transportation Center Wednesday morning.
It was an important line that Kirk said with emphasis, and it may signal a difficult path for him, going forward.
Just last week Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said the No. 1 job for Republicans is to make sure that Obama is a one-term president. John Boehner, who will become Speaker of the House, said "this is not a time for compromise."
Kirk appears to disagree. His first move as Senator-elect from Illinois is to extend an olive branch to his opponent Alexi Giannoulias, and have a beer at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, an event that he says will send a message of compromise and collaboration.
"Now we get to work," Kirk said this morning standing next to his replacement, Robert Dold. "The people have spoken, but now we pull together."