Wounded Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic nominee for the 6th congressional district in Illinois, was just interviewed on CNN.
The setup: All but one of the Iraq war vets running for Congress are Democrats.
Duckworth was first asked, however, to explain if her win--44 percent against two rivals, Christine Cegelis and Lindy Scott--showed anything about the strategy of running Iraq vets.
The CNN interviewer was trying to tie Duckworth to a national theme about Iraq vets running....but Duckworth's showing in the three-way contest was also a manifestation of how she got in the race late with the help of national sponsors--running against home-grown challengers. All politics are local.
Duckworth said her 44 percent was ``pretty darn good.''
She competed against ``a wealth of great candidates.''
Tuesday's Illinois primary was ``more a referendum on that.''
There were ``two strong candidates,'' she said.
Turning to the Iraq war, Duckworth was asked if Dems were using Iraq vets as sacrificial lambs just to earn credibility on the war.
Replied Duckworth, ``I'm just worried about the sixth.''
Asked why it was a mistake to invade Iraq, Duckworth said, as she has since she got in the race, that the U.S. needed to ``concentrate on enemies who attack us.''
She then brought up health care and Medicare Part D. (Democrats are in the midst of a campaign to extend the deadline to sign up for the new drug benefit.)
Asked about Bush's defense of the war, Duckworth said the only thing she heard when she went off to Iraq is that she would be greeted with roses.
The interview ended as she brought up Halliburton's no bid contracts.