My opponents are once again trying to accuse me of something that is not true. It has become their agenda this Fourth of July week to twist my words and claim I said my opponent is not a hero and have insulted all veterans as a consequence. Folks, if you're familiar with me and my campaign, you know this is utterly false. Shame on her for saying this and shame on her for using veterans in this fashion.
In fact, recently on the Big John and Amy Show I stated, "Tammy Duckworth's service demands our respect and that is something I will do and say for her throughout this campaign." I open all my town halls byrecognizing our veterans who served to protect our great nation.
Tammy Duckworth knows this and should know better than to use her service and the service of others as a political ploy to distort my words and distract voters. We as a people are facing great problems in our country, and it is time for us to get serious and address them.
Just so you are all aware, I released the following statement earlier:
"Of course Tammy Duckworth is a hero. I have called her a hero 100's of times in the past four months. Just like every man and woman who has worn the uniform, her service demands - demands - our utmost respect. That's why I recognize our veterans at the beginning of every one of my public town halls. However, unlike most veterans I have had the honor to meet since my election to Congress, who rarely if ever talk about their service or the combat they've seen, that is darn near all of what Tammy Duckworth talks about. Her service demands our thanks and respect, but not our vote. She is running for Congress - and there are real problems in this country like our massive debt, high unemployment and the Obamacare tax. We are about four months from Election Day and the people of Illinois have no idea where Tammy Duckworth stands on these issues because she dodges debate requests, ignores our invitations to speak at town halls, refuses to talk about solutions, and constantly reminds voters of her war service. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with her for her service and her loss but these are serious times and the people of Illinois deserve to know what she thinks about real issues and what she will do as a Congresswoman."
Let's hold Tammy Duckworth and the Democrats accountable for trying these "gotcha tactics" when so many Americans are looking for solutions to the problems they face.