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Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., one of the co-authors of new sanctions to impose against Iran should it cheat on a recent agreement.

Mark Kirk made a racist dig against Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth during their debate



Mark Kirk apologized around noon today with this tweet.

During a debate Thursday night, incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk questioned the authenticity of his opponent's claim that her family has served in the military since the Revolutionary War.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, running to replace Kirk in the Senate, lost both legs when the helicopter she was co-piloting was downed by an RPG in Iraq in 2004.

She was born to a Thai mother in Thailand. Her father, Frank Duckworth, was a WWII veteran who traced his family history back to the American Revolution, according to Politico.

Duckworth was silent after Kirk's reply,  and the moderator quickly moved on.

The Duckworth campaign put this image out after the debate. 

She added a bit more on Facebook. 

No apology from Kirk

According to Politico, the Kirk campaign issued a statement but did not apologize: "Senator Kirk has consistently called Rep. Duckworth a war hero and honors her family's service to this country. But that's not what this debate was about," [campaign spokeswoman Eleni] Demertzis said. 

"Rep. Duckworth lied about her legal troubles, was unable to defend her failures at the VA and then falsely attacked Senator Kirk over his record on supporting gay rights."

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