The day before Veterans Day, 2012 congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth ramps up her stance against cuts to vet affairs.
Duckworth, the would-be opponent of Joe Walsh before he swapped districts, makes a trip to Soldier Field Thursday afternoon to speak out against potential cuts to programs serving military members and veterans, as well as families of vets.
The Iraq War vet was promoted by the Illinois National Guard Sunday to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
She's not alone in the 8th District race. Her opponent, Raja Krishnamoorthi, has challenged Duckworth in campaign cash and endorsements, from Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle to a recent nod from Rep. Michelle Mussman. In the race months ahead of Duckworth, Krishnamoorthi hangs his hat on economic growth and small business.
Walsh bailed out of the 8th in September to run against Rep. Randy Hultgren. Duckworth's campaign said good riddance.
"His retreat makes it clear what the voters told Joe Walsh -- pack your bags."
Duckworth speaks at Soldier Field at 12:30 p.m.