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Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP

VoteVets, a left-leaning political action committee that works to elect veterans, called on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE to name Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthFDA signals plan to address toxic elements in baby food White House open to reforming war powers amid bipartisan push Duckworth, Norton call for improved accessibility for the blind at FDR memorial MORE (D-Ill.) as his vice presidential candidate in a video Monday.

The video touts Duckworth’s military record, including her service as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in Iraq. Duckworth, the first disabled woman elected to the Senate, lost both legs in 2004 after her helicopter was shot down.

“Tammy’s tough, and will take it to the coward in chief,” the video’s narrator says, over footage of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE quipping that he “always wanted to get the Purple Heart,” as well as footage of Duckworth calling Trump “President Bonespurs” and a “five-deferment draft-dodger.”

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The video also says Duckworth “opens doors to new voters,” citing her victory in the Midwest in 2016, the same year Trump won several Rust Belt states no Republican presidential candidate had carried in years.

“Tammy Duckworth is the American dream, and knows how to land a punch,” the ad says, over a clip of her predecessor, Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkSenate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length MORE (R-Ill.), mocking her in a 2016 debate for noting that her ancestors fought in the American Revolution, saying “I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington."

"Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceDeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Pence to narrate Limbaugh documentary series for Fox Nation Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol MORE won't know what hit him," the narrator adds.

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The video comes as Duckworth has been one of the most vocal Democrats in the chamber in demanding further information on reports that Russian officials paid Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan. Duckworth, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has called on Committee Chairman James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Top Republican: 'Outrageous' to extend National Guard deployment at Capitol Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal MORE (R-Okla.) to hold Senate hearings on the allegations.

Duckworth previously joined Biden in a video chat announcing the presumptive Democratic nominee’s disability policy plan, praising the campaign for proposing “full inclusion of people with disabilities in policy development.”

Biden has said he will name a woman to the ticket, with top contenders reportedly including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol Harris speaks with Netanyahu amid ICC probe Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsHouse Judiciary split on how to address domestic extremism Demings on possible Senate, Florida governor run: 'I'm keeping that door open' Lawmakers remember actress Cicely Tyson MORE (D-Fla.). The Hill has reached out to Duckworth’s office for comment.