Report Questions Candidates’ 9/11 Whereabouts

(AP) – A published report is questioning the accounts Illinois’ top U.S. Senate candidates have given about their whereabouts during the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Chicago Tribune reports Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has said he was in a meeting with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld when Rumsfeld learned a second plane had hit the twin towers. But Rumsfeld was in a different meeting when he heard about the second attack.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth has said she was “in command of the Black Hawk unit at Midway (Airport) on 9/11.” She doesn’t always mention she was in Scotland that day.

Duckworth says she was using “Army lingo,” because her unit was based in Chicago.

Kirk’s campaign says things happened quickly and it’s “his recollection” he was with Rumsfeld.

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