Tammy Duckworth, Democratic challenger to Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), responded to the latter's implication that she's not a "true hero" since she talks too much about her military experience. Lieutenant Colonel Duckworth, who lost both legs when her helicopter was hit by Iraqi insurgents, said that she speaks about her service in relation to her support for Medicare, which Walsh, a Tea Party favorite, has voted against repeatedly. VoteVets, a veterans group, has condemned Walsh's comments and called for his resignation. Listen to Duckworth's response as she speaks to MSNBC's Martin Bashir:
DUCKWORTH: If anybody highlights my military service, it’s Mr. Walsh, who actually attacked it on a regular basis. Yes, my wounds do inform my discussions with the constituents when I talk about health care. I know very deeply, in a deeply personal way, what access to affordable health care means, so when he votes against Medicare for our seniors not once, but three times, he’s voting against the people of the district. So yes, I talk about the fact that had I not had the great health care that I have from the VA [Veterans Administration], I would probably be bankrupt and that’s why we need to make sure we preserve Medicare as we know it.