She lost her legs in the Iraq war: Know More about the woman who might become Biden's deputy

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Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois senator who is reported to be on the shortlist for the US vice president's position on the Democratic Party Card , who is she?

Duckworth was born in Bangkok and wounded in the Iraq war, received the Purple Heart Medal, and enjoyed the instincts of a street fighter.

Her name has appeared repeatedly during high-level discussions about the position of vice president for Democratic candidate Joe Biden. She also became a target for Tucker Carlson from Fox News and other conservatives. When she recently said on CNN that she was open to the possibility of removing American monuments to US founders and slave-holders, Carlson questioned her patriotism.

She replied that Carlson "should walk a mile in my leg, then tell me whether I love America or not."

Her challenge to Carlson drew the nation's attention, and drew people's attention to her political acumen and military background. She was on a helicopter that was shot down during the Iraq war and lost her legs.

Many Democrats believe that her military record and perseverance during the battles with the Conservatives, as well as her Asian-American background, will boost Biden's candidacy. Her supporters say that if he chooses her as a vice-presidential candidate, she will help attract votes among veterans, minorities, and women.

However, many believe Biden should choose from among blacks instead, and Senator Kamala Harris is often mentioned. In addition, Duckworth's state is democratic and secure. Thus, other contenders for the Democrat ticket, led by a group that includes New Mexico State Governor Michael Logan Grisham, can help Biden in states where he may need a boost.

He added the importance of choosing the vice-presidential nominee for the Democrats, factors related to Biden's age, and his own assessment of his role.

Biden is 77 years old, and if elected, he will be 82 years old at the end of his term. He also sees himself as a "transitional candidate", and even his staunchest supporters assume that if he is elected, he will not seek a second term.

This means that a person who works as Biden's deputy can quickly become president.

Duckworth, 52, is best known for her work on veterans' cases. In addition, she worked in health care policy and has spoken repeatedly about national security, she fought in Iraq, but she thinks that was a mistake.

"It is a difficult lesson, and I hope this nation will become more skeptical about the reasons for waging war," she says.

Her personal story is also captivating, as she and her husband Brian Polsby have two daughters, Abigail and Miley Pearl, and she was the first to give birth to a child while working as a US Senator.

Her father, Frank, was an American citizen, worked for the United Nations, and her mother, Lamai, was from Thailand.

Duckworth, who speaks Thai, has lived with her parents in Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia because of her father's work at the United Nations.


The family in Cambodia was living in Phnom Penh during a period of violence shortly before the Khmer Rouge came to power in the mid-1970s.

She remembers that she went to the market with her mother when the bombs started falling suddenly. Her mother pushed her to the floor of the car, Duckworth says, "So I don't see blood."

Duckworth later joined the army, following in the footsteps of her father, a veteran of Vietnam. She once told me that she did not see herself running for president.

And she says, "I don't have that urgent desire." But she is a fierce defender of Biden, who on his part praised her.

During an online fundraising campaign, he praised her courage in battle and politics. "I can't think of anyone who has shown more courage," he said. He addressed her directly, saying, "I am grateful to you here with me in this battle."

Ideologically, Duckworth is homogeneous with Biden, the centrist Democrat. Among the Democrats in the US Senate, she also appears in the middle of the ideological spectrum.

In recent weeks, she has criticized President Donald Trump for "failing to lead our nation," indicating her willingness to act as the dog of the Biden attack during the campaign.

Biden's aides met her not long ago for Vice President, and in a Washington Post live broadcast, she described the meeting as "positive."

After retiring from the military, Duckworth worked on state and national veterans issues and was elected to Congress in 2012, won a Senate seat in 2016, became the youngest state senator and followed in the footsteps of President Barack Obama. Its rapid rise from the level of its mandate politics to the emergence of the entire United States.

Dick Simpson, head of the political science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says she has progressed more quickly than anyone in politics seen half a century ago. He adds that Obama, who also started politics in Illinois, has risen higher than Duckworth, but "it took a little longer."

Peter Levin, the founder of a software company in Washington who worked with her at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, says she has an innate talent in politics.

"She naturally brings out the best in people, even when there is tension in the room, she is skilled at adjusting her language and focusing it on the person she is talking to in order to build consensus," he says.

However, her track record in politics is far from perfect.

She has struggled to pass legislation in Congress, and has been criticized for her work on veterans' cases. She has said all the right things, according to her critics in Illinois, but many of the veterans' programs she talked about have never been implemented.

A Duckworth spokesman did not agree with the negative evaluation of her work as a lawmaker, saying she was effective as a senator, and among her accomplishments was issuing joint legislation from both the Democratic and Republican parties, and had hindered "efforts to repeal the Americans with Disabilities Act."

Criticism hardly slowed down her career, as she demonstrated extraordinary determination throughout her career. Recovering from the war wounds she had at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland in 2004, she showed almost no self-pity: "For me, it comes down to the fact that I'm so grateful for my life and what my comrades did to get me out of the helicopter and the pilot who carried me to safety ".

Her supporters hope Biden will choose her as his candidate so that she can convey her enthusiasm for the campaign. He is expected to announce his decision this week.