U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) received rare endorsements Wednesday from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in her campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).
"I'm proud to support Tammy Duckworth for the seat I once held in the United States Senate," Obama said. "Few people fight as passionately for our veterans as Tammy. Soon after I was first elected president, I asked her to join my administration and serve her fellow veterans at the VA. She served with purpose and distinction -- service that continued when she ran for Congress and won. And I was proud to sign one of Tammy's signature pieces of legislation -- the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act -- into law."
"When her nation calls," Biden added, "Tammy Duckworth answers, and I'm proud to support her in this next mission: running for the U.S. Senate. Tammy is a fighter, and I know she'll bring that attitude to bear on behalf of Illinois working families. She supports programs that make college more affordable, including free community college for deserving students, and that's the kind of voice we need in the US Senate. Tammy and I share a belief that the investments we make in our people are never hand-outs, they are pathways to opportunity and the mark of a great nation."
The Obama and Biden endorsements were issued one day after results from a Kirk campaign poll were released, showing the race between the Republican incumbent and Duckworth "remains incredibly tight."
The race between Kirk and Duckworth is expected to be one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races this election cycle.