U.S. Senate Candidate Tammy Duckworth Attacks Sen. Mark Kirk

Mar 16, 2016

Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who is running for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's seat, sharpened her attacks against the Republican a day after winning the Democratic primary.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth thanks supporters during a stop in Springfield.

The newly-chosen candidate said she'd back President Barack Obama's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court and she's calling on her opponent to do the same.

The U.S. Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, said he'll block Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. But Duckworth says Garland has "impeccable credentials."

Kirk said he won't let politics sway his decision on whether to confirm Obama's choice for the Supreme Court.

"The Senate’s constitutionally defined role to provide advice and consent is as important as the president’s role in proposing a nominee and I will assess Judge Merrick Garland based on his record and qualifications," he said.

 Duckworth said she thinks Kirk should go further.

​ "That's very different than him calling on his leadership, the man he voted for to put in the leadership of the Senate, to say 'Let's hold hearings and let's do it,'" Duckworth said.

Republican members of Congress say it's best to wait, and leave it to the next president to pick a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is leading for the GOP nomination.

Duckworth said both men have made controversial remarks about minorities and women.

Senator Kirk has said he would support Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination for President.

"I don't think Illinois wants a man who makes misogynistic and racist comments to be president of the United States," Duckworth said. "Mark Kirk has made similar inflammatory comments."

Last year Kirk jokingly referred to unmarried U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham as a "bro with no hoe". Duckworth also criticized Kirk for saying people drive faster in African American neighborhoods.

Kirk has said Duckworth is weak on terrorism, and hasn't done enough to help veterans. Both have served in the military.

Last year Kirk jokingly referred to unmarried U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham as a "bro with no hoe". Duckworth also criticized Kirk for saying people drive faster in African American neighborhoods.

Kirk has said Duckworth is weak on terrorism, and hasn't done enough to help veterans. Both served in the military.