U. S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth says recent remarks by her Republican opponent are "beyond the pale."
Congresswoman Duckworth, a Democrat, is trying to unseat Republican U. S. Senator Mark Kirk. Kirk recently said President Obama was acting "like the drug dealer in chief" by authorizing a $400 million payment to Iran.
The Obama administration says it was leverage, as the U-S worked to get American prisoners released. But Republican critics like Kirk say it's akin to paying ransom. Tuesday, Duckworth and other Democrats called for Kirk to apologize.