Duckworth, Kirk hold meeting after contentious campaign

  • Sen Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, and Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., take reporter's questions at a local deli Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Chicago. It was their first meeting since she defeated the incumbent Kirk in Tuesday's election.

    Sen Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, and Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., take reporter's questions at a local deli Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Chicago. It was their first meeting since she defeated the incumbent Kirk in Tuesday's election. Associated Press

  • Sen Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, and Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., toast at a local deli Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Chicago. It was their first meeting since she defeated the incumbent Kirk in Tuesday's election.

    Sen Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, and Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., toast at a local deli Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Chicago. It was their first meeting since she defeated the incumbent Kirk in Tuesday's election. Associated Press

  • Sen Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, visits with Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., at a local deli Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Chicago. It was their first meeting since she defeated the incumbent Kirk in Tuesday's election.

    Sen Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, visits with Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., at a local deli Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Chicago. It was their first meeting since she defeated the incumbent Kirk in Tuesday's election. Associated Press

  • Sen Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, shakes hands with Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., at the end of their meeting at a local deli Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Chicago. It was their first meeting since she defeated the incumbent Kirk in Tuesday's election.

    Sen Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, shakes hands with Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., at the end of their meeting at a local deli Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Chicago. It was their first meeting since she defeated the incumbent Kirk in Tuesday's election. Associated Press

 
 

CHICAGO -- Democratic Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth and defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk met at a Chicago delicatessen in a public effort to move past an intense election campaign.

The two sipped drinks Friday and engaged in talk about their families and Kirk's new dog during a stop at the South Side's Manny's Deli.

Duckworth and Kirk engaged in harsh campaign rhetoric leading up to Tuesday's vote which saw Duckworth hand her opponent a resounding defeat.

Kirk accused Duckworth of failing Illinois veterans while running the state Department of Veterans' Affairs, and Duckworth attacked Kirk's dedication to veterans' issues and alleging he sided with Wall Street interests instead of Main Street causes.

However, on Friday Kirk thanked Duckworth for attending the meeting, Duckworth replied it was lovely. Both then lapsed into a brief silence.

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