President Barack Obama voiced a new campaign ad for U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth in support of the congresswoman's race for U.S. Senate.
In the radio spot, the president lauded Duckworth as "a terrific leader who will never stop fighting for all of us," and highlighted her desire to tackle issues including "meaningful criminal justice reform," job creation and college affordability.
"Tammy is deeply honored and humbled to receive the President's endorsement, and his continued support," said Duckworth campaign manager Kaitlyn Fahey. "As Senator, Tammy hopes to carry on the President's legacy in his old Senate seat, serving as an advocate for working families much like her own."
Here is the statement Obama made in the ad:
This is Barack Obama. I wanted to take a minute to tell you why I believe so strongly that Tammy Duckworth is the right person to fill my old Senate seat. Tammy knows what's important to our families. That's because she's walked in our shoes. Her father worked in a factory, so Tammy has a real plan to help rebuild American manufacturing by rewarding companies that create jobs here. Tammy worked her way through college with the help of Pell Grants and student loans, so she hasn't just embraced my plan for free community college in the future, she wants to allow students to refinance their loans to make college more affordable now. And she is the only candidate to offer a genuine criminal justice reform plan to make sure the system works for everyone. It matters who we choose to represent us in Washington. So join me. Vote for Tammy Duckworth, a terrific leader who will never stop fighting for all of us.
The ad can be heard here.
Duckworth is running against Republican incumbent Mark Kirk for one of the state's two Senate seats.