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Mark Kirk: Mitt Romney Is What 'America Needs'

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Mitt Romney is expected to get another endorsement out of the Illinois GOP this week, as U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is reportedly set to announce his support of the Republican presidential nominee.

“Romney will cut spending, repeal the health care law and restore private sector economic growth. He is a foreign policy hawk who will stand up to Iran,” Kirk said in a statement, according to the Chicago Tribune. "America needs his managerial talent, team building spirit and hard-nosed sense of economic common sense."

When Kirk was running for President Obama's former Senate seat last year, Romney headlined a fundraiser for the then-candidate. He also gave Kirk $1,000 for his campaign, NBC Chicago reports.

Romney was endorsed by Rep. Judy Biggert and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, both Illinois Republicans, last week, according to NBC Chicago.

The Tribune weighs in on what Kirk's endorsement will mean for Romney:

The value of Kirk’s endorsement is debatable. Illinois doesn’t hold its presidential primary until March 20 and it is questionable whether what has been a fluid race for the Republican nomination will continue. But Romney has a strong ground operation in Illinois, which has a large number of convention nominating delegates at stake if there is a Republican contest.


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