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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:21 PM

Tammy Duckworth to prospective congressional foes: 'Bring it'

Battle-hardened double amputee to prospective congressional foes: 'Bring it'
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/25/15323763-battle-hardened-double-amputee-to-prospective-congressional-foes-bring-it?lite

When Tammy Duckworth steps into Congress this January for her first term, she’ll be carried by two prosthetic legs – and the potent notion that if she can survive a grenade blast while piloting a chopper, she surely can endure any political flak on Capitol Hill.

“The worst day for me in Washington on the floor of the House is never going to be as bad as me getting blown up. So bring it,” said Duckworth, a Democrat who represents Illinois’ 8th Congressional District, the suburbs north of Chicago.

One of the first women to fly combat missions in Iraq, Duckworth’s Black Hawk was hit by enemy fire in November 2004 as the aircraft skimmed tree tops at about 135 miles per hour. The explosion vaporized her right leg, smashed her left leg into the instrument panel, sheering it off, and tore away most of her right arm. Before losing consciousness, she used her remaining arm to try to land the sputtering chopper. On Nov. 6, she won election to the U.S. House.

“There’s nothing anyone can say to me or do to me — short of actually pointing a gun and shooting at me — that’s going to be as bad as it was in Iraq and that year I spent recovering. So it’s really freeing,” Duckworth told NBC News. “Had you talked to me 10 years ago, before I served and got hurt in combat, I would not have the courage to do what I’m doing now.”






Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., U.S. representative-elect for Illinois' 8th Congressional District, is pictured with other female members of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 14. Duckworth, a helicopter pilot in the Iraq war who was shot down and lost both her legs in the attack, is the first disabled woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.

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Reply Tammy Duckworth to prospective congressional foes: 'Bring it' (Original post)
cal04 Nov 2012 OP
SoapBox Nov 2012 #1
TexasProgresive Nov 2012 #2
BlueJazz Nov 2012 #21
dhill926 Nov 2012 #3
blue sky at night Nov 2012 #4
freshwest Nov 2012 #5
SoapBox Nov 2012 #8
tritsofme Nov 2012 #6
Cracklin Charlie Nov 2012 #24
murielm99 Nov 2012 #7
Lucinda Nov 2012 #12
Scuba Nov 2012 #9
47of74 Nov 2012 #10
SunSeeker Nov 2012 #11
GoCubsGo Nov 2012 #13
rurallib Nov 2012 #14
dmr Nov 2012 #15
mucifer Nov 2012 #18
Joey Liberal Nov 2012 #16
AAO Nov 2012 #17
Berlum Nov 2012 #19
ruffburr Nov 2012 #20
Actionman Nov 2012 #22
JKingman Nov 2012 #23
longship Nov 2012 #29
JKingman Nov 2012 #30
libdem4life Nov 2012 #25
vlyons Nov 2012 #26
Cha Nov 2012 #27
Odin2005 Nov 2012 #28
Skittles Nov 2012 #33
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #31
Skittles Nov 2012 #32
Hepburn Nov 2012 #34

Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:27 PM

1. Go For It, Tammy!

Kick some Puke/Bagger ASS!


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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:28 PM

2. Our Patriots are the real deal K&R

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:19 PM

21. What TexasProgresive said !

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:32 PM

3. good for her!

and how the hell did she survive! Jaysus what a story....

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:33 PM

4. all I can say is I wish we had...

about 20 more Tammys in congress! Way to go..you make me a proud democrat, only wish I could vote for someone like her.

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Response to blue sky at night (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:38 PM

5. +1,000 to what you said.

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Response to blue sky at night (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:44 PM

8. Duper ditto for more Tammys!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:38 PM

6. My new congresswoman!

Adios Joe!

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Response to tritsofme (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:46 PM

24. Congratulations!

For electing such an amazing woman to replace the unbelievably terrible Joe Walsh.

May her colleagues in Congress be inspired by this determined young woman to do good work for their constituents.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:44 PM

7. Tammy is really something.

I heard her speak at an Illinois Democratic Women's convention several years ago. Since she was working for the Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs, she did not discuss politics. She talked about women in leadership roles, and how that differs from male leadership roles. She used examples from her life.

I was talking to her at an event one other time, and a couple of Illinois legislators came up to greet her. I left after a discreet interval, because she started to go into advocacy role. She began talking about the soldiers who are coming home now with head injuries. She was trying to get more attention for that problem, and she was doing her work. It was interesting to see her shift gears. She was very knowledgeable, and did that job well. She will be a good congressperson, too.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:13 PM

12. Thanks for this post. Interesting to hear.


Can't wait to see what else she is able to accomplish!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:55 PM

9. Just check my sig line ...

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:10 PM

10. Knowing her t-bag foes, they'll try...

...and get cut to pieces in the process.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:12 PM

11. Tammy is badass!

Love her!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:16 PM

13. I love her attitude.

She's the embodiment of "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger." I'm glad she's on our side.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:20 PM

14. So glad to hear that kind of talk!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:47 PM

15. CSPAN is going to be so much fun to watch.

So many good Dems elected this year.

Duckworth, Grayson, Warren ...

I wish Anthony Weiner hadn't screwed up. He was a voice to be heard, too.

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Response to dmr (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:08 PM

18. She is definitely less liberal than Grayson Warren or Weiner. I saw her in a debate with

Walsh. But, her district is not in a liberal part of Chicago. Also, she has an amazing story.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:52 PM

16. So glad she won her election!

She's a hero and the republicans are scumbags for always attacking her.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:59 PM

17. She is my #1 military hero. My how times have changed for the better!

 

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:18 PM

19. Chickenhawk Republicans sniping at America's honorable Veterans

As usual.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:18 PM

20. Bings a tear to my eye,So Proud of her

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:23 PM

22. Tammy is a real Warrior

those clowns are just mean spirited... Tammy has faced that kind of spirit with a gun. Now, do you think any of those guys scare her.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:27 PM

23. This woman should become President in 2016!

 

No one else who attained elective office gave as much to this woman did.

Hillary can be VP, or run for Prez again, if she really wants it, but I doubt she wants any more of politics after so many years.

I hope she inspires 100 more disabled vets to run for office, we sure need more of what she brings.

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Response to JKingman (Reply #23)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:30 PM

29. Not sure if she qualifies (???)

She was born in Thailand. I do not know if she's a natural citizen. I suspect she might be as her father was military deployed to Asia.

Indeed, I would support her if she runs.

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Response to longship (Reply #29)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:43 PM

30. A child of an American Citizen, very much an American citizen

 

Of course, Republicans will make her out to be a socialist Thai.

Let's see, which recent President only had one American citizen parent? And which Republicans and Tea Party folks are still insisting that President is NOT an "American citizen"?

I don't think you need 5 seconds to answer that.


This woman is more qualified than 99.9% of everyone elected to office in the last 50 years, (Since WW II and other vets).

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:58 PM

25. "Bring it !!" Indeed. Kicking out the Disabled Glass Ceiling with her prostheses and her cane.

the first disabled woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. So proud of her

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:25 PM

26. Can't wait for her to tell RWers

to lay off Amb. Rice and for John McGrumpy to take a hike!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 05:22 PM

27. Tammy Duckworth is such an Inspiration.. I'm so proud

of her.. those in her District must be over the Moon she's representing them in Congress. Those who didn't vote for masochism, that is.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 05:32 PM

28. Red, white, and blue prosthetics!



Go Tammy!

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #28)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:12 PM

33. with fashionable flats!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:57 PM

31. "Bring It"

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:12 PM

32. SHOW 'EM HOW IT'S DONE, TAMMY!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:04 AM

34. I love her.

Instead of wearing slacks or boots to hide her missing legs, she decorated one prosthetic leg with the Stars and Stripes!

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