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Sen. Kirk joins the campaign trail via video

Kirk team sends video to support Dold

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  • U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, shown before his stroke in January, stands with Republican Rep. Bob Dold, at left.

      U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, shown before his stroke in January, stands with Republican Rep. Bob Dold, at left.
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  • Video: Kirk video for Dold

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, for the first time since his stroke in late January, has hit the campaign trail.

The Highland Park Republican -- clad in a bomber jacket, his gray hair blowing in the wind -- is shown in his North Shore neighborhood with his 10th Congressional District successor, Republican Rep. Bob Dold, of Kenilworth. The video, put to music, is depicted as one stop in Dold's "working together" John McCain-style bus tour.

Kirk and Dold are pictured talking and laughing throughout the minute-long spot, though just what they're saying is unclear.

The video is being sent to supporters of Dold, who is locked in a tight race against Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider.

"Bob has shown time and time again his willingness to put partisanship aside and work with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to move our country forward," Kirk writes in an accompanying email.

The segment indicates the Highland Park Republican's increasing focus on resuming his duties as the state party's highest ranking officer.

The Dold campaign's video comes on the heels of a September video where Kirk urged "decisive bipartisan action" to improve Illinois' credit rating -- the first since his stroke that did not mention the 53-year-old's health. Kirk also recorded a short spot for Illinois delegates at the Republican National Convention and released two video updates on the outpatient program to improve his walking that he took part in at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

He has not yet given a timetable for his return.

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