Senator Tammy Duckworth’s name continues to surface in conversations about Joe Biden’s vice presidential candidate pick.
CNN, Vox, FiveThirtyEight and Politico have all put the Illinois Senator’s name on their list of potential candidates.
Vox noted that there is currently a lot of “push and pull” between wanting a vice-presidential candidate who is a woman of color and a vice-presidential candidate who is from the midwest. Duckworth, the publication pointed out, is both.
On Wednesday morning, David Byler, a data analyst and political columnist, published a column in The Washington Post in which he wrote that Duckworth was Biden’s “smartest” and “safest” pick. Byler noted that Duckworth had the political experience necessary to do the job. He added that her military experience could bolster Biden’s campaign.
“More broadly, her time in the military would underscore Biden’s emphasis on service and sacrifice, especially at a moment when Trump’s handling of the pandemic has raised questions about how he treats members of the armed services,” Byler said.
Senator Duckworth said that she was honored to be “in the mix” in an interview on April 22, according to the Chicago Daily Herald.
“I am honored that my name is even in the mix. I think it’s a good message for working moms everywhere,” Duckworth said.
She added that it would also be positive representation for Asian Americans and people with disabilities. Duckworth was the first Thai American woman and the first woman with a disability to be elected to Congress. The Senator, who served in the Iraq war as a helicopter pilot, is a double amputee.
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RE: Senator Tammy Duckworth’s name being floated as potential Vice Presidential pick: Senator Duckworth would make a fine VP candidate. She is a well respected leader of our community.
RE: Senator Tammy Duckworth being lfoated as potential vice presidential pick: Tammy Duckworth was born in Bangkok, Thailand, the daughter of Lamai Sompornpairin and Franklin Duckworth.
The Vice President must meet the same requirements as the President, being born a U.S. citizen, at least 35 years old,
and must have lived in the United States for 14 years.
Re: Senator Tammy Duckworth being floated as potential Vice Presidential pick: Our understanding is that Franklin Duckworth is an American citizen, thus his daughter is too. She has definitely lived in the US for 14 years.