October 28, 2016

LAFAYETTE WHO?:

GOP Senator's Debate Tactic: Jab Thai-American War Hero Over Ethnicity and Military Heritage (Margaret Hartmann, 10/28/16, New York)

A moment in Thursday's debate between the two candidates running for the U.S. Senate from Illinois might have gone down as one of the low points of the 2016 election, if there weren't already so many to choose from.

Republican Senator Mark Kirk is locked in a tough reelection battle with Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. During their second debate on Thursday night, Duckworth was making the case for having a veteran in the Senate when the nation is deciding whether to go to war.

"My family has served this nation in uniform going back to the revolution. I am a daughter of the American Revolution. I've bled for this nation," Duckworth said. "But I still want to be there in the Senate when the drums of war sound because people are quick to sound the drums of war and I want to be there to say this is what it costs and this is what you're asking us to do."

"I'd forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington," Kirk said.

Posted by at October 28, 2016 4:45 AM

  

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