Illinois' top Republican is critical of this month's POW swap that freed American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. During a stop in Normal, U. S. Senator Mark Kirk said it was a bad move.
"Just think how many Americans we have abroad that are serving in the State Department or in United State's agencies for international development for any two-bit terrorist group, if they want leverage of the United States, they will now think, 'we'll just drive down the road, pick up a couple of state department guys and get our top commanders out of American jail.'"
There was initial praise for the release of Bergdahl, but questions arose about whether the Army soldier was a deserter, and there was an outcry over the release of five Taliban officials. Kirk says the deal has made Americans less safe abroad.
Meanwhile, Kirk doesn't think much of rumors Democrats might be trying to persuade First Lady Michelle Obama to seek her husband's old seat, now held by Kirk.
"Some Washington political operatives are trying to put my race in play. They don't even have a candidate now. She hasn't even announced."
Kirk, who suffered a stroke two years ago, hasn't revealed his political plans. He's up for re-election in 2016. Pundits point out Michelle Obama's approval ratings are currently higher than Hillary Clinton's when she was first lady, and even higher than President Barack Obama.
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