As he campaigns for the Senate in Illinois, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is doing some serious back-tracking from his vote last month supporting cap-and-trade energy legislation – only one of eight House Republicans to support the bill.
Kirk immediately drew flak from the state’s Republican base over the vote, which nearly prompted a primary challenge from his own party chairman, Andy McKenna.
But in an interview with FOX Chicago Sunday, Kirk sounded a lot more like a "drill-baby-drill" type of Republican than one focused on the environmentally-minded constituents in his North Shore Chicago district.
“I’ve always backed energy independence policies, but I’ve heard from people on this issue like no other. The energy interests of Illinois are far broader and deeper than my North Shore district. The political prospects of this bill are dim in the Senate… I think the bill in its current form is probably dead,” Kirk said.
“What I really want to see is a new round of nuclear power plants for the country, exploration for oil offshore and the Trans-Canada pipeline that would bring lower-cost natural gas to the Midwest.”