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Mark Kirk: I 'wasn't thinking'

Mary Ann Ahern of the local NBC affiliate in Chicago has the skinny from Illinois GOP Senate nominee Mark Kirk's press conference today (hat tip: Ben Smith).

In what must have been his longest, widest-ranging press event to date, Rep. Mark Kirk stood alongside several veterans at the Northbrook Renaissance Hotel and answered every question thrown at him by reporters.

Which is not to say reports were satisified with the answers.

On the point of most interest -- why he embellished his record and why he was avoiding the media -- Kirk said he would rectify his availability, but didn't issue any apologies or further clarifications.

"I was overbooked last week," Kirk said, by way of explaining why he wasn't available. As for his embellishments -- 10 at last count -- Kirk said the "scrutiny was appropriate" and that he "wasn't thinking" when he misstated his record.