Tammy Duckworth Hits McCain On Vets Issues
DENVER–Tammy Duckworth — Iraq war veteran, Illinois Veterans Affairs director, amputee and netroots favorite — is smacking John McCain silly. She’s talking about supporting troops with more than rhetoric. Wants us to win in Afghanistan. “Instead of destroying the enemies who attacked us on 9/11, we diverted our military might to Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11.” Barack Obama “knows that wherever you stand on the war, you must love the warrior, and he does.”
And here comes something Mike Lillis has reported on that, to my surprise, has disappeared as an attack on McCain. “Unlike John McCain, Barack Obama fought for a new GI Bill, and won… So I know what he’ll do as president,” says Duckworth. No privatizing the VA, which McCain wants. “Because when we enlisted, no one asked us where we live and how much money we have,” she says, “and no one should ask that after we’ve bled…for our country.” And even a reference to Joe Biden’s son, Beau, who’s about to deploy to Iraq.