McCain Endorses Kirk's Senate Bid

By Steve Bryant
|  Monday, Aug 31, 2009  |  Updated 6:26 AM CDT
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McCain Endorses Kirk's Senate Bid

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during a memorial service paying tribute to Sen. Edward Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Friday, Aug. 28.

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Senator John McCain endorsed Congressman Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate at a veterans gathering in Glenview on Sunday afternoon.

“I am honored to be endorsed by a national hero and strong fiscal conservative like Senator John McCain,” said Kirk, an early supporter of McCain’s presidential campaign.  “As Senator, I will work with John McCain to end corrupt earmarks, reign in spending, strengthen our national defense and keep our promises to those who wore the uniform.”

Kirk was an early supporter of McCain's 2008 presidential bid, and he will stress his commitment to fiscal discipline, national security, and veterans care.

This is not the first time McCain's stumped for Kirk. The senator rallied for him during the competitive open seat congressional election in Chicago in 2000.

Kirk has long backed McCain's campaign finance reform legislation, and Kirk's the only member of the House Appropriations Committee to swear off earmark spending projects.

Following the veterans meeting, McCain headlined a North Shore fundraiser that aimed to raise nearly half a million dollars for Kirk's Senate bid.

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