Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk calls for an end to Gadhafi's regime In Libya

March 21, 2011

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Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says we are in a "shooting war" with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and it should be to end his regime and bring about a new government.

The junior senator from Illinois said Monday that if the conflict by international military is finished quickly it would reassure oil markets and help lower the price of gasoline, including in the United States.

Kirk also said he considered the no-fly zone over Libya as an act of war that Congress should vote on. He says President Barack Obama can initiate military action but he thinks it's important for the Congress to endorse it.  Kirk said he hopes Obama seeks authorization for the use of force when he returns from Brazil.

Kirk spoke at a Chicago civic club.