U.S. Senator Dick Durbin acknowledges that it's not surprising that he would endorse his fellow Democrat, David Gill, in the 13th Congressional District race. But Durbin says the endorsement is about more than partisan politics.
Durbin says he is choosing Gill because Gill stands in opposition to the Republican budget plan put forward by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Critics say the Ryan budget would privatize, and ultimately phase out, Medicare, and would cause serious financial damage to hospitals who rely on Medicare dollars.
Both Gill and Durbin acknowledge that there will have to be changes to Medicare to keep the program solvent, but say the Ryan approach -- which is supported by Gill's GOP opponent Rodney Davis -- is too drastic and harmful.