Gubernatorial candidates talk politics on "Republican Day" at the state fair

By WEEK Producer

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 6:58 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- It is Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

The four Republican candidates for governor gathered Thursday morning to talk to state GOP Central Committee members.

To no one's surprise, all four said they will be the one to lead the party to success in the general election.

“Today is about victory and unifying the party,” said candidate Bruce Rauner. “Today is Republican party day. Oh we'll talk about a lot of issues today but right now we're going to join the party this morning and talk about victory and how we're going to win next."

"I know what I'm doing and we will make this state work again,” said candidate Kirk Dillard.

“You take Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal....a lot of people who have run...didn't win the first time, won the second time because they got better known,” said candidate Bill Brady.

"I got 66,000 more votes in Illinois than what Pat Quinn got. So bottom line to it is I'm the guy who can win this race,” said candidate Dan Rutherford.

At the State Fair later, all the candidates got a pep talk from U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, urging the GOP faithful to never give up in their quest to make the party successful.

Kirk was making his first trip to Springfield since his stroke 18 months ago.

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