Kinzinger More Vocal Amid GOP Primary Threat

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Three years after he was elected with support from Sarah Palin and the tea party, Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger finds himself targeted in 2014 by people who say he's not conservative enough.

Similar primary challenges have prompted some GOP lawmakers to move to the right. But Kinzinger has tried to hold his ground.

The Ottawa Republican has criticized the groups targeting him and supported military action in Syria -- a position he shared with President Barack Obama.

Kinzinger argues it's an opportunity to show other Republicans that the GOP can make gains by accepting that it's a big party and "we're not going to agree on everything."

David Hale is a Rockford tea party leader. He says he's challenging Kinzinger because he hasn't shown enough fiscal restraint in Washington.


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