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US Senate Candidates Want Stronger Kirk Court Stance

Two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate want Republican Sen. Mark Kirk to go further than just stating he looks forward to President Barack Obama selecting a nominee to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senate Republicans have vowed to prevent the president from filling the seat made vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth said in a statement she is pleased Kirk says he supports Obama's constitutional duty to nominate someone to the Supreme Court.

However, she contends Kirk should also demand Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley “end their obstruction and hold hearings and allow a vote on a nominee.''

Bryce Colquitt, campaign manager for Andrea Zopp, who is also seeking to challenge Kirk in November, says Kirk should "commit to voting to confirm any qualified nominee the President puts forward.''

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