U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday and criticized President Obama's ties to what he called the "Chicago machine," claiming that the president is aligned with the same political forces who helped elect former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
"Illinois voters, even the most conservative ones, understand Barack Obama better than probably most of the nation, not only because they know President Obama but they also know his team that is really kind of the Chicago machine apparatus who's run statewide elections here in Illinois for decades," Schock explained.
"Many of these folks were the same ones that were able to get Governor Blagojevich re-elected to his second term," the congressman continued. "They know how to run tough and dirty campaigns and we know whoever we nominate is going to go up against President Obama's stated goal which is a billion dollars in [his] campaign war chest."
Schock went on to argue that Mitt Romney, who he campaigned with in recent weeks, is the GOP's clear pick for a presidential nominee.
"Even the most conservative voters in Illinois get it," Schock said Tuesday. "We've got to have someone who can compete on election day."
Tuesday did not mark the first time Schock has slammed "Chicago-style politics." While campaigning for Romney in Iowa last year, he commented that, "being in Iowa, you know what it means to be a Chicago politician. You know what kind of races Chicago politicians run."
In downstate Peoria, Schock joined Romney for an appearance on the Bradley University campus, the Peoria Journal-Star reports. Romney also headlined a $250-to-$500-per-seat fundraiser for Schock while he was in town.