Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Durbin on election night on Bush, Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth's candidacy

Heard this on WLS-AM radio just now. Senator Dick Durbin, responding to a question about the president's press conference today.

"...he virtually has no plan to stabilize Iraq and no strategy for getting our troops home."

Durbin, along with other prominent Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Illinois' other senator, Barack Obama, have endorsed Iraqi war veteran Tammy Duckworth in her bid to become the Democratic nominee in Illinois' 6th Congressional District. Republican Henry Hyde, who has represented the area for over 30 years, is retiring.

If Duckworth wins, expect an enormous amount of national attention to be focused on this contest.

It many ways, a fall race with Duckworth as the Democratic nominee will parallel last year's Ohio contest between Iraq War veteran Paul Hackett, a Democrat running in a Republican district. Hackett lost a close election.

Illinois' 6th District is not as conservative as it once was, but it's still viewed as a Republican district.

Republican State Senator Peter Roskam is running in the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District.

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