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Duckworth Defends Commander in Chief



    Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth's full speech from Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. (Published Monday, Aug. 5, 2013)

    Tammy Duckworth, the 8th District Congressional candidate running against Joe Walsh, defended the Commander in Chief during her speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

    "My choice is to do what my family did when times were hard, roll up our sleeves and get to work," Duckworth told the crowd.

    Duckworth, a war veteran, also talked about her time served as a Blackhawk pilot, focusing on the mission where she lost both leg and was saved by her crew.

    Last week, President Barack Obama was criticized during the Republican National Convention for his weakness as the Commander in Chief.

    Duckworth's speech lauded his decision to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and discussed his efforts to help veterans who returned home from war. She also discussed her time working with Obama while she served as the Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

    During her speech, Duckworth also talked about how government programs such as food stamps, public education and Pell grants aided her in finishing high school and continuing on to college after her father lost his job.