Obama "charm offensive" includes call to Kirk
President Barack Obama's outreach to Senate Republicans hit home Monday, as he called Mark Kirk, the Highland Park Republican elected to his former Senate seat in 2010.
Kirk, spokesman Lance Trover tells us, spoke about Kirk's involvement in bipartisan gun control efforts, the budget, and Iran sanctions.
The call follows the president's Wednesday Jefferson Hotel dinner with 12 Republican senators, where he picked up the tab. Kirk was not part of that group.
What is being called Obama's "charm offensive" is part of the first formal congressional budget debate in his tenure.