July 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET

A Conversation with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

An Iraq War veteran, Purple Heart recipient and the current junior senator from Illinois, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D) is also on Joe Biden’s purported vice-presidential shortlist. She was the first Thai American elected to Congress and the first U.S. senator to give birth in office and if chosen, she would be the first Asian American woman nominated for vice president. On Thursday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET, Washington Post Live hosts Duckworth in conversation with Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on her home state, how she views demonstrations for social justice across the country and her thoughts about the upcoming election. 
Highlights
Sen. Tammy Duckworth has been rumored to be on Joe Biden’s shortlist, and in an interview with The Post’s Robert Costa, she confirmed that she has been formally interviewed. But she says it doesn’t matter what position she plays, as long as Biden gets elected. ‘I’m fully open to however I can best serve my country.’
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President Trump floated the idea of delaying the November election, claiming without evidence that widespread mail balloting would be a “catastrophic disaster” leading to fraudulent results. Only Congress has the power to change the date of the general election, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth said she would oppose any attempt to do so. ‘The president is simply wrong. He does not have any powers to delay the election...There’s really nothing to handle, other than the fact that the election will continue to move forward.”
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth says President Trump has ‘gone beyond dog whistles’ in his rhetoric surrounding low-income housing in suburban communities and his disparaging comments about some Asian countries. ‘The president should be someone who unites us, not someone who stokes division.”
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The confirmation hearing for Anthony J. Tata, a retired general who was nominated by President Trump to be undersecretary of defense for policy, was cancelled just before it was scheduled to begin Thursday. Tata has faced opposition from Democrats for inflammatory past remarks. When asked whether she would oppose his confirmation, Sen. Tammy Duckworth said, ‘On paper, he does not look qualified to take this position…I don’t see how I’m a yes at this point.”
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When asked how Democrats would handle it if federal troops were sent into urban communities on Election Day amid fears of voter suppression, Sen. Tammy Duckworth said they could cut off funding to those groups. ‘The National Guard can’t be used to suppress people who are exercising their constitutional rights.”
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth says the Trump Administration has failed at getting schools the equipment and guidelines they need on how to safely reopen.
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth
(D-Illinois)
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs who was among the first handful of Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. 
Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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