Tammy Duckworth: Endorsed by Tribune and Sun-Times

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The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune Endorse Tammy Duckworth

Chicago Sun-Times: Duckworth the better choice for U.S. Senate

If ever there were a need for a change, it is in the United States Senate. Our endorsement in the Senate race here in Illinois goes to Tammy Duckworth, who’s a much better bet than the increasingly perplexing incumbent, Mark Kirk.

Illinois needs more forceful representation in Washington; and Hillary Clinton, should she be elected president, needs a Senate that won’t block her at every turn out of sheer spite. Duckworth has the potential to be the effective senator Kirk has never been. And Illinois, by electing Duckworth, has a chance to hand the Senate to a new Democratic majority.

Chicago Tribune: Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate from Illinois

As a veteran of combat in Iraq, Duckworth offers a unique perspective on military spending, preparedness and troop deployment. She opposed the Obama administration’s strategy to arm Syrian rebels. She said she would not support overseas deployments of American troops without a long term plan and exit strategy. She voted for the Iranian nuclear deal, which Kirk opposed. She is the only Illinois member of the House Armed Services Committee.

We endorse Duckworth with the expectation that she stay focused on cost cutting as the nation navigates a debt crisis that much of official Washington recklessly ignores. We endorse her with the expectation she will challenge her party’s leaders. We endorse her with the realization that Illinois already has one fierce Democratic loyalist in the Senate, Dick Durbin. If she’s elected, it will be Duckworth’s job to also represent the many Republican and independent Illinoisans who won’t have voted for her but who deserve a voice.

Duckworth has the chops for nonconformity. She trained as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot because that was one of the only options for women in the military who wanted to engage in combat. On Nov. 12, 2004, a rocket-propelled grenade tore through the cockpit of the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting. She lost her legs and nearly lost an arm. Her comrades dragged her, unconscious and bleeding, to safety. She deals daily with the legacy of her injuries.

That’s what is remarkable, and sobering, about this race: Both candidates experienced traumatic injuries. Each faced a journey of devastation and hope, failure and success, frustration and redemption. Their recoveries speak to their profound tenacity, humility and grace.

But in this race, at this moment, one of them is better prepared to fulfill the motley demands of U.S. senator. That person is Tammy Duckworth.