Kirk Says Republicans Nominated the Wrong Guy for President

Oct 10, 2016

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk

Republican Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says he can still win re-election next month, even as he calls for his party’s presidential nominee to quit the race.  Kirk originally said he’d support the Republican Party’s nominee for president.  But over time, he’s criticized Donald Trump.  And Trump has criticized Kirk.

Speaking from his campaign bus, Kirk went beyond his normal criticism of Trump after the release of a 2005 Access Hollywood video in which Trump talks about kissing and groping women

"I think it reveals who he really is and we shouldn’t elect such a misogynistic candidate to the presidency."

Kirk says says he knows it’s risky politically to take the position he has, but he says just because his party nominated the wrong guy isn’t a reason to back him.  Kirk faces Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth in his reelection campaign.