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"Given the great challenges America, and families across Illinois face today, the last thing we need is another Republican Senator in Washington who is more focused on tearing down the President than he is on solving problems," White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod told the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet.
Last Friday, Kirk told a group of Republicans that Barack Obama could be a one-term president, and that even if health care reform passed, the GOP could repeal much of the legislation before it goes into effect.
"As your senator I would lead the effort to repeal this bill," Kirk said.
That didn't sit well with the White House. The administration fired back, saying "Kirk presents an independent in front of the cameras, but when he gets behind closed doors, at a Republican meeting, he thoroughly parrots the party line."