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Duckworth doesn't rule out running for president: 'Maybe if it's good for the country'

Duckworth doesn't rule out running for president: 'Maybe if it's good for the country'
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Illinois Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthIf you want Julie Su at the DOL, don't point to her resume Su's track record make her an excellent pick for Labor Department post Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill MORE (D), who was on the short list to join President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE as vice president on the Democratic ticket, is not ruling out a presidential bid of her own, she told USA Today.

“Maybe if it’s good for the country,” Duckworth said of a possible run for the White House.

"I think about growing up in Southeast Asia post-Vietnam; everybody wanted to be us. We had these ideals; we had these values, and you could achieve the American dream. I would want to try to get us back to them. We're not there now,” Duckworth added.

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Duckworth, in an interview with USA Today ahead of the release of her book “Every Day Is a Gift,” said not being chosen as Biden’s vice president was “a disappointment,” adding “I went all the way to the end. I had a 50-50 chance of being picked.”

Duckworth made headlines last week when she vowed, with Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoIf you want Julie Su at the DOL, don't point to her resume Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap Senate tries to shake off graveyard status MORE (D-Hawaii), to vote against Biden’s nominees, amid frustration over the lack of Asian American and Pacific Islander representation, and wider concerns regarding the cabinet.

Days later, however, both senators dropped their threats after White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiThe Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel Biden to talk vaccination strategy with bipartisan governors House Republicans press Biden Education secretary on reopening outreach MORE said in a statement that the White House would add a senior level Asian American Pacific Islander liaison who will “ensure the community’s voice is further represented and heard.”

During the wide-ranging interview with USA Today, Duckworth also discussed her experience during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. She said she was not afraid when the protesters breached the building, even when she was rushing down an underground walkway to barricade herself in her office.

“I knew I could take care of myself,” Duckworth said.

Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient who lost both of her legs after her helicopter was shot down, was first elected to Congress in 2012, after serving as the assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration.