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Tammy Duckworth on Principles & Values

 

 


American values are one of our greatest strengths

Senator Duckworth believes one of America's greatest strengths is our system of democratic values and constitutionally-protected freedoms and rights. As the United States continues to lead in an increasingly interconnected world, it is important that we match our military power with the promotion of our values through diplomatic means. Defending and advancing our principles abroad will help our country effectively support international allies while confronting shared adversaries and threats.
Source: 2021 IL Senate campaign website duckworth.senate.gov , Oct 11, 2021

Calls herself a deist; would not infringe on other beliefs

Her mother is an active Buddhist, her father was Southern Baptist--but she describes herself using a term rarely used by modern politicians. "I think of myself as a deist," she told a group of constituents in 2012. Asked by an atheist how she would treat them if elected, Duckworth responded: "I think that's my personal belief. That's not anyone else's. And I'm not going to infringe my belief on yours or anyone else."
Source: Religion News Service on 2020 Veepstakes , Aug 5, 2020

I answer the call when asked to serve my country

Duckworth was asked whether she had received questions from Biden's campaign. "I want Joe Biden in the White House, and I trust that he's got a process for putting together the right team to help him do that from the vice president on down to the cabinet members. I personally have always answered the call when my country has asked me to serve." Duckworth is a veteran of the Iraq War who lost her legs after the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Source: Chicago Tribune on 2022 Illinois Senate race , May 15, 2020

Question Trump on Emoluments clause.

Duckworth signed questioning Trump on Emoluments clause

Excerpts from Letter from 17 Senators to Trump Organization: The Trump Organization's continuing financial relationship with President Trump raises concerns about whether it is a pass-through for income that violates the Constitution's two Emoluments Clauses: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 on foreign Emoluments; and Article II, Clause 7 on domestic Emoluments. Please answer the following questions to help Congress understand:

Legal Analysis: (Cato Institute, "Emoluments Clause vs. Trump Empire," 11/29/16): The wording of the Emoluments clause points one way to resolution: Congress can give consent, as it did in the early years of the Republic to presents received by Ben Franklin. It can decide what it is willing to live with in the way of Trump conflicts. If it misjudges public opinion, it will pay a political price at the next election.

FOIA argument: (ACLU Center for Democracy, "FOIA Request," 1/19/17): We filed our first Freedom of Information Act request of the Trump Era, seeking documents relating President Trump's conflicts of interest relating to his business connections. When Trump took the oath of office, he didn't take the steps necessary to ensure that he and his family's business interests comply with the Constitution. Some have even argued that upon taking the oath of office, the new president is already violating the Emoluments Clause.

Source: Letter from 17 Senators 17LTR-EMOL on May 18, 2017

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