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July 6th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

Duckworth: Vets should talk about service

Democratic House candidate Tammy Duckworth responds to criticism she overplays her military service on campaign trail.

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Filed under: Democrats • Illinois • Interviews • Military • veteran • Wolf Blitzer
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  1. Doug, New York

    Knowing Major Duckworth from Iraq in 2004, I can say that she was a top notch officer with leadership traits and abilities forged by her outstanding combat service. I served with Soldiers for over 30 years and place her courage and dedication to service at the top. I don't know much about the Congressman but I am sure he's a fine American and Tammy Duckworth almost gave her life so he can continue to say what he feels needs to be said.

    July 11, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  2. Tim

    She needs to back off of waving the flag and using the "Respect me because I'm a vet" BS. All of the "support our troops" propaganda is tiring, let alone nauseating.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • XF

      Maybe you should join the circuit and start telling everyone how supporting our troops is propaganda, bs, and so nauseating. I guess it doesn't matter that we lost people fighting this war so you can say how nauseating this is, say it to the families of those who lost their loved ones, or better yet, think before you speak. I do not care if Duckworth talks about her service, she's earned it, just like all the others that served, freedom of speech remember? Did you serve? Doesn't sound like it to me, or you would not have made such a statement.

      July 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  3. Jim Thomas

    I am very proud to say I am A vet of the Air Force even though I was fortunate to have been in during peacetime.I have one regret,that I did not stay in forever.On 911,they told me 60 yrs. was to old and they would not take me back.I am now 72 and would go back in a heartbeat.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    July 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  4. Lucien Riviere

    I wonder what is the level of education required to serve in the Congress of the United States. It was a pity the other day to watch that so-called congressman trying to talk over Ashley, the bright, young anchor ... Speaking of heroes, CNN reporters really impress me by their patience...

    July 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  5. manning El Paso, TX

    Wolf, there nothing wrong with Tammy Duckworth talking about her military service, and war experience. The guy criticizer her,simply did not have balls to served In the military for his country. We Viet Nam Vets served in time when even showing you were a Vat on a job application was grounds for employer not to hire you. Thank god after 40 years at a city civic center, all Viet Nam Vets and others were recognized and given thanks for their service, this old Vat had tears running down his face, we were finally recognized. Miss Duckworth has every right to be very proud of having served her country in the military, her service will forever be part of her life, can the other guy say the same?

    July 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm |

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