Mark Kirk

Sen. Kirk at final debate with Rep. Duckworth: 'I am not a racist'

Sen. Kirk at final debate with Rep. Duckworth: 'I am not a racist'

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk played defense during the final debate Friday night, starting with an apology for previously disparaging Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth's family heritage and military history and later declaring "I am not a racist."

The two-term congresswoman from Hoffman Estates noted she accepted Kirk's apology but criticized him over past controversial comments and for failing to answer whether he would fight proposals from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to build a wall on the Mexico border and push for mass deportations of immigrants in the U.S. without permission.

The final debate, at the Loop studios of WLS-TV Ch.-7 and...

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